justice will “reopen a file” targeting a priest accused of rape

French justice will reopen a file “for further investigation” targeting a Nice priest accused of rape by a former student of the French high school in Rome, said Thursday, November 10 the public prosecutor of Nice.

Bishop Guy Terrancle, 85, a figure of the Nice clergy and long-time stationed in Rome, was the subject of a report last summer “related to a procedure initiated in another jurisdiction, which in the end was dismissed for prescription on February 12, 2019 by the Nice prosecutor’s office”explained Xavier Bonhomme, confirming information from the newspaper The Parisian.

“We are going to reopen the file for further investigation so that the investigations are carried out in more depth in order in particular to seek the existence of possible other victims”added the prosecutor.

“Two proceedings in progress”

Chaplain at the French high school in Rome some forty years ago, the priest is accused of rape by a student at the time in 4th grade and now in his fifties, according to The Parisian. The diocese of Nice announced Thursday in a press release “his sadness and his pain” following the facts “serious charges against Guy Terrancle”.

At the initiative of the diocese, “two procedures are in progress, one civil near the Nice public prosecutor’s office, the other canonical with the competent Roman authorities”added the diocese, specifying that “precautionary measures have been taken”.

Bishop Guy Terrancle, former vicar general in Nice, is “Honorary Prelate of His Holiness”title awarded for his services as ecclesiastical adviser to the French Embassy to the Holy See from 1990 to 2002.


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