French Bishop Doesn't Know That Pedophilia is a Sin
(Paris) The French Bishop Stanislas Lalanne has said that pedophilia is "evil," but he "could not say" whether pedophilia is a sin. The statements of the bishop were challenged in a protest by a victim's organization. [Why not the vaunted Catholic blogdim, or more importantly, local Catholics.] They said that words of the bishop were "embarrassing" and for the victims, "degrading". [They're not even Catholic.]
"Paedophilia is an evil. But is it a sin? I don't know to decide. It is different for each person. However, it is an evil, and the most important thing to do is to protect the victim or potential victim. "
These were the words the bishop used on the radio station RCF, an association of 63 Christian, francophone radio stations.
Bishop Lalanne took part in a program entitled "The Church of France and pedophilia." The broadcaster addressed the accusations against Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, that the office of the prosecutor is investigating the suspicion that he had not precented a priest of his diocese in time from sexual violence.
The Association La Parole Libérée which had drawn attention to the sexual abuse by a priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, protested today with a declaration on the words of Bishop Lalanne. His statements were "embarrassing" and also "degrading to the victims of pedophilia".
Msgr. Lalanne was born in 1948 in Metz and consecrated a priest in 1975 for the diocese of Versailles. In 1997 he headed the press office at World Youth Day in Paris and later the Pastoral Office of the Diocese of Versailles. In 2007 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI. bishop of Coutances and appointed in 2013 as the bishop of Pontoise.