Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who holds one of the most important functions of the Vatican government, is accused of sexual assault in a class action made public Tuesday in Canada and targeting more than 80 members of the diocese of Quebec. current prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, allegedly inappropriately touched an intern in 2008, according to a court document filed with the Superior Court of Quebec last May. These revelations come three weeks after a visit by Pope Francis to Canada, during which he apologized for the abuses perpetrated by members of the Church in residential schools for indigenous people. Contacted by AFP, the diocese of Quebec replied to take “note of the allegations against Cardinal Marc Ouellet” and to “do not want to make any comment on this subject”. These accusations are among the testimonies of 101 people “who were sexually assaulted” by members of the clergy and lay employees between June 1940 and today, underline the court documents. “To his buttocks”In the case of Marc Ouellet , the complainant, designated by the letter “F.”, claims to have been assaulted several times by the cardinal. She says in particular that Cardinal Marc Ouellet would have “kissed” her and would have “slid his hand” along her back “up to her buttocks” in 2010. In February, evoking the “drama of sexual abuse committed by clerics “, Cardinal Ouellet had castigated, during an important symposium at the Vatican in the presence of Pope Francis, the “criminal behavior too long concealed to protect the institution”. “We are all torn and humiliated by these crucial questions which every day question us as members of the Church,” he said. The Catholic Church is regularly the subject of revelations concerning sexual assault scandals within it.
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