Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 29, 2024 / 16:45 pm
Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, head of the Archdiocese of Quebec, has temporarily stepped aside from his duties as archbishop after being accused in a lawsuit of sexual abuse of a 17-year-old, allegations that the archbishop is strongly denying.
In a short French-language statement released on Friday, the archdiocese said that though Lacroix “categorically denies the allegations against him,” he is “temporarily withdrawing from his activities until the situation is clarified.”
According to the statement, Lacroix maintains that the allegations are “unfounded.”
The statement said, however, that archdiocesan authorities “will continue to move forward in the process of collective action, with respect for the truth and with a concern to offer reparation to survivors of sexual abuse.”