By LifeSiteNews Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits
FRANCE, March 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A retired couple from the North-East of France received a prison sentence last week for having falsely accused a 71-year-old priest of sexual abuse.
Marie-Jeanne and Jean-Louis Martin of Baye-sur-Marne have been ordered to pay a fine of 500 euro each (the equivalent of $565 USD) and have also received a suspended prison sentence of three months for having mendaciously accused the priest, Father François-Jérôme Leroy, of having had sexual contact with four adolescent boys, in 10 separate letters sent to the judiciary and ecclesiastic authorities as well as associations for victims of pedophilia.
Compared with what the priest was to go through because of the slanderous accusation, the sentence handed down by the Châlons-en-Champagne court appears unreasonably lenient. In practice, the Martins have been let off with a modest fine – the maximum amount applicable for “slanderous denunciation” as false accusations are officially named in France, is of 45,000 euro, and five years imprisonment. Besides, they have appealed the sentence.
Fr Leroy himself was awarded damages of 1 euro, the symbolic minimum (1.13 US dollar), despite having been accused of a particularly disgusting crime.
The present climate of suspicion surrounding Catholic priests amid the sexual abuse crisis has created a situation where accusations are accepted and acted upon without question and deemed almost normal where clerics are concerned. In some cases, the innocent are paying for the sins of the guilty.
The affair itself is revealing of a new sort of presumption of guilt, brought in by a “zero-tolerance” attitude that leads church leaders to act against the priests for whom they bear responsibility without knowing whether they have actually done anything wrong.
In Fr. Leroy’s case, the price to pay was exceptionally heavy.
It was outside an abortion business on Ethan Way by the California State Exposition, in the City of the Most Blessed Sacrament, on Thursday, October 30, 2014. The abortion business later closed. The hymn in the podcast, below the photos, was played during the Exposition.
1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded,
for with blessing in His hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.
2 King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture –
in the body and the blood.
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
3 Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the pow’rs of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.
4 At His feet the six-winged seraph,
cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluia, Lord most high!”
A Catholic Knight:
A Gentleman – A Man
- Who is Mature and Pious.
- Who is Willing to Make Sacrifices.
- Who is Courageous in the Face of Challenges and of evil.
- Who is Loyal to Those to Whom He Owes Services and Debts, and
- Who Would Rather Die Than Sin.
- He is Aware of a Hierarchy of Loves in His Life
- He strives always to keep his Divine Captain and his King on the throne of his heart, and
- He is willing to take on every task that his Lord sets him to.
- Seek Justice.
- Love Mercy.
- Walk Humbly with your God.