Ten Years Ago, This Happened, And Now Cardinal Marc Ouellet Is Facing Accusations

Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has at long last answered a woman’s allegations of improper way of behaving, saying that, if a civil investigation is opened, he will take part effectively so his innocence would be revealed.

In a statement released on Friday August 19, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops, solidly denied all allegations of improper conduct claimed to have occurred over a decade ago, when he was the Archbishop of Quebec.

The allegations of improper way of behaving – which a few news sources have described as rape – were made public recently.

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The following is the full text of the Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s Assertion:

Having learned of the false accusations made against me by the complainant (F.), I firmly deny having made any inappropriate gestures toward her and I consider defamatory the interpretation and dissemination of these allegations as sexual assault. Should a civil investigation be initiated, I will actively participate in it to ensure that the truth is established and that my innocence is recognized.

Meanwhile, on Thursday August 18, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, issued a statement declaring that, following the outcome of a preliminary investigation entrusted to Jesuit Father Jacques Servais, Pope Francis had decided there were insufficient grounds to open a canonical investigation of sexual misconduct by Cardinal Ouellet against person ‘F’.

Bruni’s statement notes that Father Servais, having been consulted by the Pope, had affirmed that, “There are no grounds to open an investigation into the sexual assault against person ‘F.’ by Cardinal M. Ouellet.

Neither in the written report sent to the Holy Father, nor in the testimony via Zoom that I subsequently gathered in the presence of a member of the Diocesan Ad Hoc Committee, did this person make any accusation that would provide grounds for such an investigation.”

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