Attorneys representing a woman who has accused retired Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet of sexual assault say two other women have come forward with accounts of alleged sexual assault and other misconduct. The cardinal has denied the claims and stressed the need for the judicial process to determine the truth.
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Cardinal Ouellet led the Archdiocese of Québec, with its more than 1 million Catholics, until 2010, when he was brought back to the Vatican as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
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The Vatican, for its part, conducted a preliminary investigation in August. Pope Francis determined that there was not sufficient evidence to begin a canonical investigation against Cardinal Ouellet for sexual assault.
Canadian prelate denied on Aug. 19 having made inappropriate gestures on a woman who has alleged he sexually assaulted her.
Cardinal Ouellet is accused by a woman who says that he assaulted her multiple times while she worked as a pastoral intern for the Quebec archdiocese between 2008 and 2010.
The Archdiocese of Quebec is the subject of a civil-action suit. Eighty-eight clerics face accusations.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, said the international theological symposium will take place Feb. 17-19, 2022, at the Vatican.