This priest was guilty of rape near Caen and was definitively excommunicated from the Church

This priest was guilty of rape near Caen and was definitively excommunicated from the Church

The Caen Criminal Court sentenced the priest to 15 years in prison for the rape and sexual assault of minors. ©Liberty Archives

November 8, 2021 Lebanese father Mansour Labaky he was found guilty rape and sexual assault to minors at the Criminal Court of Caen (Calvados).

Mansour Labaky is no longer a priest

Ten months later, the Church made a decision his final release. In other words, Mansour Labaky is no longer a priest and can no longer practice. The Diocese of Bayeux-Lisieux formalized the decision Pope Francis in a press release sent this Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

Monsignor Jacques Habert informs you that the Assembly of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Lebanon has communicated the decision of Pope Francis to release Father Mansour Labaky from the clerical status.

Diocese of Bayeux-Lisieux

Sentenced to 15 years in prison

The facts come from the 1990s, between 1990 and 1997. Mansour Labaky founded a home in 1990 in Douvres-la-Délivrande near Caen called “Our Lady – Children of Lebanon”. He welcomed the orphans of the civil war that ravaged his country between 1975 and 1990. Mansour Labaky has always denied the facts of which he is accused.

In 2013, however, he was sentenced by ecclesiastical justice to a “life of prayer and penance” and a ban on celebrating the offices. It was in the framework of this canonical investigation, carried out on the basis of the report of a nurse present in Dover in the 1990s, that several victims were found. One of them, who was 13 years old at the time of the events, filed a complaint with the public prosecutor in Caen in April 2013.

Investigators have identified 27 victims, but some put the number around fifty.

To read a transcript of his trial, click here.

“Report Sexual Abuse”

Mansour Labaky was not present at his trial, a refugee in Lebanon. An international arrest warrant was issued for him on April 14, 2016, but Lebanon refused to issue it. During the trial in November 2021, the then 81-year-old priest was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Ten months later, the Diocese of Bayeux-Lisieux made it known “that it continues to strongly condemn sexual abuse” and restore “all [son] victim support. »

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