Lebanese priest convicted
of child molestation

A Lebanese Maronite priest, Father Mansour Labaki, was charged by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with sexually abusing three minors and sentenced to a “life of penitence,” French magazine La Croix reported.


According to the Sunday report, the Vatican office charged Labaki on June 19 with the sexual offenses.


Labaki, a 73-year-old priest, was “sentenced to a life of prayer and penitence,” and will be banned from exercising his ecclesiastical duties.


Meanwhile, Maronite priest Abdo Abu Kasm, head of the Bkirki-affiliated Catholic Media Center, told NOW that Father Labaki "was not given the right of reply and [was banned] from talking to the media.”


“Even though [La Croix] magazine did not publish a copy of the verdict, and the Vatican did not publicize it. The issue is very sensitive and needs to be studied thoroughly," he added. 


Father Abou Kasm also said that "despite the importance of La Croix magazine, the news cannot be considered [an] official [statement] from the Vatican.”


Labaki is a well-known figure in Lebanon. He is the founder of a spiritual movement – Lo Tedhal – wrote several books, and composed famous hymns.


According to the French magazine, the investigation into Labaki’s case began two years ago after the Vatican envoy ordered French Catholic authorities to open a probe into the priest's alleged abuses that had taken place in France.


The report also said that Labaki appealed the conviction, but that his appeal was rejected by Rome.

Labaki, a 73-year-old priest, was “sentenced to a life of prayer and penitence,” and will be banned from exercising his ecclesiastical duties.

  • D'Holbach

    Of course, the dream of Hannibal-Atheos would be the best solution, but we all know that it won't come true, not in ten years, not even in a thousand years...So the next best solution is for the Catholic Church to forsake its medieval requirement of celibacy for its priests, and let them live like normal human beings!

    February 3, 2014

  • Claude Ghosn

    La takhaff . Don't be afraid. N'ayez pas peur. JESUS WITH. JESUS Avec vous. YASSOU3 ma3ak. Kelna ma3ak. I am praying for you. The CHURCH is praying for you. We are sure that you are not guilty.

    November 1, 2013

  • MaryHaddad


    October 10, 2013

  • lenlen

    BRAVO Hanibaal Atheos. So true!

    October 9, 2013


    Guilty or not i guess the Vatican court must have thought so. The issue here is these children placed their trust in the men of the cloak (irrelevant to which religion they belong), looking to them to allay their fears, worries, concerns and running to them in the belief that being men of God they can find sanctuary and safety when under their protection. There always is that odd man of God who might err in his ways and give in to human temptations, and like all of us when caught and found to be guilty the person must pay the price. Other religions may have different approaches to this by allowing underage marriages and allowing clergy to get married (not that the trauma to the child is any less) but here again serious checks and measures are needed to keep the little ones safe. Rather than trying to deny the events it is time that we in Lebanon seriously start looking into ways to prevent child molesting rather than trying to minimize its impact. Unfortunately it is not how many people you help that is important, rather how many you hurt....!

    October 9, 2013

  • TaniosChahine

    The official statements form the vatican are available here and Father Abou Kasem knows it better than anyone else. (...)

    October 8, 2013

  • Nabil Atallah

    Father Mansour Labaki inspired and helped a lot of people. It’s so mediocre how people are eager to diminish all the contributions this person made to the community over years just by hearing some news that politics might have a lot to do with it. Anyways, when Jesus was accused everybody left him alone and denied him. Anyways, if Father Mansour Labaki has indeed sinned let’s give him our mercy and prayers.

    October 8, 2013

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    One of the many religious "Stars" of Lebanon - saints, singing nuns, sayyids, hermits, some of whom are militia leaders and gangsters, all cloaked, turbaned, bearded, veiled, hooded, and with strange headgear, etc. who lead double lives. They not only lie about their so-called "faith", but they tyrannize, abuse, exploit their "flocks" during peace times, then lead them to massacres and genocidal pogroms during war times, all in the name of God and his entourage of prophets, sons, angels, messiahs, mahdis, patriarchs, (...). When will the Lebanese, Christians and Muslims alike, finally understand that their obsession with religion and their enslavement by religious institutions - from birth to death - is their greatest divider and the source of all their ills? Freedom from archaic and medieval religious beliefs should be the priority in this country in decline, and is the only solution to Lebanon's perennial violence. Isn't it time to move into the 21st century.? What was the first thing the French revolutionaries of 1789 did upon seizing power? They banned all religious orders and kicked them out of the country. That is how France outgrew its infantile "daughter of the Church" phase and became a modern state. We need a similar revolution in Lebanon.

    October 8, 2013

  • natural feminist

    @Hanibaal-Atheos bravo, brilliant, if you don't mind, I'll save your comment for future quotes. France took a while to implement it's revolutionary goals. It is now confronted with islamic threat. We do have civil mariage and separation of religion and state.

    October 13, 2013