The influential Quebec cardinal Marc Ouellet, potential heir to the pope accused of sexual assault

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – Aug 18, 2022) Influential Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who was seen by many as a potential successor to Pope Francis, has been named in a sexual assault lawsuit, the lawyers involved tell Sputnik.

“I confirm that the name of Cardinal Marc Ouellet is mentioned in our legal proceedings,” the law firm in question said on Wednesday.

In the documents submitted to the court and provided by the law firm to Sputnik, the cardinal’s name appears under the heading “The case of F.” by a woman who accuses Ouellet and Father Léopold Manirabarusha of sexual assault. The woman, born in 1984, has decided to remain anonymous.

The alleged abuses were carried out on several occasions between 2008 and 2010 when Ouellet was still archbishop of Quebec and mainly occurred at public events in which the two people participated, according to the documents.

The abuse began when the woman was 23 and took the form of non-consensual kissing, touching and stroking, according to the documents.

The woman is said to have presented to the committee responsible for examining allegations of sexual misconduct within the diocese of Quebec after being victimized by Maniraburasha, ten years after Ouellet, the documents add.

Sputnik has reached out to the Diocese of Quebec for comment, but said it would “strictly” not provide comment on the matter.

“We take note of the allegations against Cardinal Marc Ouellet. We will make absolutely no comment on this subject, ”said the diocese of Quebec.

The class action lawsuit against the Catholic institution comes after more than 101 victims came forward to denounce abuses committed by 88 clergy, including Ouellet, since 1940.

News of the alleged sexual abuse comes after Pope Francis visited Canada and spoke out against abuses by the Catholic Church in the country.

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