Sexual abuse: two priests of Orleans returned to the lay state



The information was revealed Wednesday, October 6 by France Bleu, and confirmed by the diocese of Orleans. Two former priests of the diocese, one condemned by justice, the other awaiting trial, both for acts of sexual assault on minors, have just been returned to the lay state by the Vatican.

A loss of clerical status which they themselves requested, while the canonical procedure which concerned them was not completed. It is quite rare that priests accused of sexual assault themselves ask to be returned to the lay state.

Pierre de Castelet, 72, was sentenced on November 22, 2018 to three years in prison, two of which were suspended, for sexual assault on ten young boys, committed during a summer camp of the Eucharistic Youth Movement (MEJ ) of which he was the director, in July 1993. During the same trial, the former bishop of Orleans, Mgr André Fort, was sentenced to 8 months in prison for non-denunciation of these pedophile acts.

On the other hand, the judicial investigation, opened in 2018, is still in progress concerning the second Orleans priest dismissed from the clerical state. The trial of Olivier de Scitivaux, 61, indicted for sexual assault and rape of a minor for acts that allegedly took place between 1992 and 1998, could take place in 2022.

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