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SThis trial had shaken up the diocese of Lyon and splashed its hierarchy. Father Bernard Preynat was sentenced to 5 years in jail in 2020 for sexual assault on minors, dedicated between 1971 and 1991, on scouts aged 7 to fifteen. He was discovered lifeless this Sunday, June 23, in line with the Lyon prosecutor's workplace, a Justice of the Peace specifying that the person was discovered lifeless in his rest room, confirming data from BFM Lyon. The accused had simply been launched on an digital bracelet “a few weeks” in the past.

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An investigation into the causes of dying was opened “even if there is nothing suspicious on his body which will be examined by a forensic doctor within a few days”, in line with this supply.

During his trial, prosecutor Dominique Sauves accused him of getting “broken” lives and of getting “used the silence of parents and the silence of the Church” to extend his abuse. One of the legal professionals for the civil events estimated the variety of assaults between 3,000 and 4,000.

330,000 victims within the Catholic Church

Father Preynat was defrocked in 2019 on the finish of his canonical trial, a really late choice within the eyes of the victims, an emblem of the Church's unease within the face of this affair which sealed the destiny of the Primate of the Gauls, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin.

Maintained in workplace by the diocese of Lyon till the autumn of 2015 regardless that his actions had been recognized for a very long time, Father Preynat requested for forgiveness from the 9 victims got here to bear witness to their struggling. Many others had been unable to file a grievance because of the statute of limitations.

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The battle of Father Preynat's victims' affiliation, La Parole Libéré, impressed the movie Thanks to God by François Ozon launched in 2019.

In an October 2021 report, the Sauvé fee on sexual violence in the Catholic Church estimated 330,000 the quantity of people that have been subjected to sexual violence since 1950, after they had been minors, by the hands of clerics, spiritual or folks linked to the Church.