French diocese faces two paedophile priest scandals

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A senior priest in the diocese of Orléans south of Paris has just been placed under formal investigation over claims that he sexually abused a 15-year-old. This follows ongoing allegations against another priest in the same diocese. One victims group thinks the two scandals could be linked and prosecutors fear that many more instances of abuse may be involved and that dozens of young boys could have been victims. Meanwhile senior church figures have been accused of a cover-up or at least turning a blind eye. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports.

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A second scandal involving allegations of child sexual abuse by a priest has hit the diocese of Orléáns, south of Paris, and could have ramifications in other regions of France too. On April 13th, 2018, prosecutor Nicolas Bessonne revealed that 58-year-old priest Olivier de Scitivaux de Greische had been placed under formal investigation over allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Olivier de Scitivaux was rector of the basilica at Cléry-Saint-André, 100 hundred miles south of Paris, from 2013 until the end of March this year when he was removed from his post by the Bishop of Orléans Jacques Blaquart.