The head of the Synod of Bishops has been accused of inappropriately touching a trainee between 2008 and 2010 while he was archbishop of Quebec, according to a court document that is part of a collective action accepted by France’s highest court in May. Speaking area of Canada.
These revelations come after three weeks Pope Francis visit to CanadaApologize for abuses committed by members of the Catholic Church in residential schools for indigenous people.
The Diocese of Quebec said in response to Agence France-Presse (AFP) that it “is aware of the allegations against Cardinal Marc Oulet,” explaining that it “has absolutely no comment on the matter.”
According to court documents, the allegations include the testimony of 101 people who were “sexually abused” by clergy and lay officials between June 1940 and today.
In the Marc Ouellet case, the complainant, designated by the letter “F,” explains that he was repeatedly assaulted by the cardinal.
In particular, she refers to the cardinal “kissing” and “slipping his hand” on her back in 2010 “his butt”.
In February, during an important seminar at the Vatican in the presence of Pope Francis, which evoked the “drama of sexual abuse perpetrated by the clergy”, Cardinal Olette denounced that “criminal behavior has been covered up for too long to protect the institution”.
“We are all torn and humbled by these important issues that challenge us every day as members of the Church,” he said.
The Catholic Church has been the target of revelations about sexual abuse scandals within the institution.