French cardinal mooted as possible future pope convicted of covering up child sexual abuse

French cardinal was convicted of covering up child sexual abuse by one of his priests and given a six-month suspended prison sentence by a Lyon court on Thursday.

Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, was found guilty of failing to report allegations that the priest was abusing boy scouts. Barbarin, 68, once seen as a possible future pope, is the highest-profile Roman Catholic cleric in France to become embroiled in a child abuse case.

He stood trial with five former aides in a case that attracted huge media attention in France after clerical abuse scandals in Australia, the United States, Ireland and Chile. The former aides were found not guilty.

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