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Outrage over Pope's decision to reject resignation of archbishop convicted of protecting predator priest

Outrage over Pope's decision to reject resignation of archbishop convicted of protecting predator priestCatholic campaigners condemned as “shocking” a decision by Pope Francis not to accept the resignation of a French archbishop who was given a suspended prison sentence this month for failing to report the sexual abuse of boy scouts by a known predatory priest.   Tuesday's surprise decision came just a month after the Vatican convened an unprecedented conference of cardinals in which it pledged to get tough on priests who abuse children and the bishops who cover up for them. French cardinal Philippe Barbarin travelled to Rome on Monday and offered his resignation to Pope Francis. But on Tuesday the Vatican announced that the Argentinian pontiff had decided to reject the resignation. While the Vatican offered no explanation, it seems likely that the Pope wants to wait to see the outcome of an appeal that the 68-year-old archbishop intends to launch against his six-month sentence. But the decision was condemned by groups representing survivors of clerical sex abuse from around the world. Pope Francis receives Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, at the Vatican Credit: Reuters “I’m stunned by this decision. It is shocking and depressing,” Anne Barrett Doyle, the head of the US-based organisation Bishop Accountability, told The Telegraph. “It reveals the Pope’s very narrow concept of accountability. It is a reminder to bishops that they have nothing to fear from this Pope. It is a profound and disastrous misreading of what is required to address this crisis.” Just last month, during a four-day conference at the Vatican attended by bishops and archbishops from around the world, the Pope said that “no abuse must ever be covered up, as has happened in the past". In a statement, Barbarin, the most senior French Catholic to have been swept up in the Church’s sex abuse scandal, said: “On Monday I handed over my mission to the Holy Father. He spoke of the presumption of innocence and did not accept this resignation." Barbarin said that he would step back from his role as archbishop of Lyon "for a little while", allowing his deputy to stand in for him. Even the Bishops' Conference of France – the country’s most senior Catholic body – said it was surprised by the decision, which it described as "unheard of". Barbarin was convicted earlier this month of failing to act against Bernard Preynat, a priest who has confessed to abusing boy scouts in the 1980s and 1990s. Preynat is expected to be put on trial later this year. Barbarin became archbishop of Lyon in 2002 and learned of Preynat’s abuse of boys but let him remain in ministry until 2015, said Bishop Accountability. French victims of clerical abuse also reacted with outrage to the papal decision. "I think that man (the Pope) is going to manage to kill off the church. It's a mistake too many,” said Francois Devaux, a co-founder of a victims' organisation. Faith in the Catholic Church has plunged as a result of its failure over two decades to address sex abuse perpetrated by clergy. Last week George Pell, the Australian cardinal who was once the third most powerful figure in the Vatican, was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of abusing two altar boys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1990s. He also intends to appeal and remains a cardinal, despite being behind bars. Campaign groups were profoundly disappointed when last month’s Vatican conference on combating sexual abuse failed to come up with any new, concrete initiatives to address the crisis.



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Manafort penalty sparks outrage among legal experts: '4-year sentence far below the recommended 20 years'

Manafort penalty sparks outrage among legal experts: '4-year sentence far below the recommended 20 years'The sentencing of Paul Manafort, former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was highly anticipated, capping a significant chapter in Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation. As a federal judge handed down his sentence in a jam-packed Alexandria, Virginia, courtroom and observers digested the judge’s decision – 47 months – Manafort’s case was immediately perceived as a high-profile instance of the justice system working one way for a wealthy, well-connected man, while working in another, harsher, way for indigent defendants facing lesser crimes. “Paul Manafort’s lenient four-year sentence – far below the recommended 20 years despite extensive felonies and post-conviction obstruction – is a reminder of the blatant inequities in our justice system that we all know about, because they reoccur every week in courts across America,” said Ari Melber, a legal analyst for NBC News, in a tweet shortly after the verdict.



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Jussie Smollett's alleged plan to manufacture outrage diminishes impact of real hate crime

Jussie Smollett's alleged plan to manufacture outrage diminishes impact of real hate crimeWhy did Smollett believe that his alleged plan would succeed? Because it was designed to fit a specific, well-established victimhood narrative.



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Duke professor sparks online outrage after telling Chinese students to only speak English

Duke professor sparks online outrage after telling Chinese students to only speak EnglishA Duke University official stepped down Saturday after her email telling students to "commit to using English 100% of the time" sparked outrage online.



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Syria exit has Pentagon scrambling amid withdrawal outrage

Syria exit has Pentagon scrambling amid withdrawal outrageWASHINGTON (AP) — Military leaders were scrambling Thursday to devise a swift but safe departure of troops from Syria, as outraged lawmakers appealed to President Donald Trump to reverse an abrupt withdrawal order that rattled Washington's allies and was a key factor in the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis later in the day.



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Outrage over a controversial plea deal for a former ex-fraternity president

Outrage over a controversial plea deal for a former ex-fraternity presidentThe former Baylor fraternity president was accused of rape and will not face jail time or be forced to register as a sex offender. ABC News' Janai Norman reports.



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Turkish Outrage Over Khashoggi Hints at Changing World Order

Turkish Outrage Over Khashoggi Hints at Changing World OrderAny cover-up of the true authors of such a savage attack “would be an affront to humanity’s conscience,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his parliamentary party on Tuesday. The contrast with U.S. President Donald Trump’s more tepid response — Trump said Erdogan had been “pretty rough on Saudi Arabia” — underscores changes in the post-Cold War order, as Washington’s global dominance declines alongside its promotion of so-called values-based foreign policies.



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Search Of Botham Jean's Apartment Ignites Outrage Over Victim’s ‘Character Assassination’

Search Of Botham Jean's Apartment Ignites Outrage Over Victim’s ‘Character Assassination’The lawyer for the family of the Dallas man fatally shot by a police officer



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Serbian president's praise of Milosevic triggers outrage

Serbian president's praise of Milosevic triggers outrageBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian president's praise of Slobodan Milosevic as a "great" leader triggered outrage on Monday in neighboring states where his nationalist policies in the 1990s caused bloodshed and destruction.



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Serbian president's praise of Milosevic triggers outrage

Serbian president's praise of Milosevic triggers outrageBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian president's praise of Slobodan Milosevic as a "great" leader triggered outrage on Monday in neighboring states where his nationalist policies in the 1990s caused bloodshed and destruction.



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