The Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec on Friday announced that their cardinal, Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, can be stepping down “briefly…till the scenario is clarified” after being named as an alleged perpetrator within the lately authorized class motion swimsuit, Gaétan Bégin and Pierre Bolduc v. The Roman Catholic Archiepiscopal Corporation of Quebec and The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Quebec.
The lawsuit has over 101 alleged victims listed. Two of those victims, Gaétan Bégin and Pierre Bolduc, are the candidates representing the victims within the class motion swimsuit. Bégin, now 82 years outdated, alleges being assaulted by a priest as a boy between the ages of 14 and 17. Bolduc, now 65 years outdated, claims to have been assaulted by a priest on the age of 12. The class motion categorizes the victims as:
All individuals, in addition to their heirs and beneficiaries, who’ve been sexually assaulted by members of the clergy or lay pastoral workers, by staff or volunteers, lay or spiritual, underneath the accountability of the archiepiscopal company Roman Catholic of Quebec and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Quebec having exercised their authority over the Diocese of Quebec, in the course of the interval between January 1, 1940 and the judgment to be intervened.
Victims vary from throughout Quebec because the Diocese has maintained a presence in tons of of parishes in addition to a number of schools and educational establishments throughout 15 cities within the French province. Lacroix is one among over 132 perpetrators listed. Lacroix “categorically denies the allegations in opposition to him.”
The Quebec lawsuit follows one among many reported sexual and systemic abuses in opposition to the Catholic Church worldwide. In 2021, the French Unbiased Fee estimated that church management members abused over 200,000 youngsters, together with clergies, monks or nuns, for over 70 years. Final 12 months in Bolivia, a priest’s diary was publicized the place the abuse of over 85 minors was admitted. It additionally detailed the protections supplied by the church to cowl it up. In Germany this 12 months, an unbiased research reported over 2,00o victims of abuse.
In an open letter in 2021, the UN urged the Catholic Church “to take all mandatory measures to cease and stop the recurrence of violence and sexual abuse in opposition to youngsters in Catholic establishments, and to make sure these accountable are held to account and reparations are paid to victims.”
In a 2022 interview, Pope Francis declared “zero tolerance” for abuse and the monks which have partaken in it. Throughout his 2022 Canada tour, within the Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec, the Pope acknowledged the church’s historical past of sexual abuse in Canada, noting that “agency motion and irrevocable dedication” is required.
The Quebec class motion swimsuit is still pending with out a set trial date.