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Cardinal Lacroix, member of Pope’s Council of Cardinals, accused of sexual assault [updated]

January 26, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Quebec, the Primate of Canada and a member of the Pope’s nine-member Council of Cardinals, has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in 1987 and 1988.

As of the early morning of January 26, Cardinal Lacroix had not commented on the allegation on the Quebec archdiocese’s website, Facebook page, or X (Twitter) account, or on his personal X (Twitter) account. “We are still in shock trying to understand the new developments,” said Valérie Roberge-Dion, the archdiocese’s director of communications.

Update: Cardinal Lacroix later denied the allegation and temporarily stepped aside from his duties while the allegation is being investigated.

Cardinal Lacroix’s predecessor, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, has also faced allegations of sexual assault.

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