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The name of the Archbishop of Quebec and primate of the Canadian Church, Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, has just appeared in court documents where he is targeted by allegations of acts of a sexual nature, as part of the collective action against his diocese. Four new defendants, including the Séminaire de Québec, are added to the list of legal entities prosecuted.

Cardinal Lacroix and the Seminary of Québec in turmoil

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Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec

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Already faced with an important action collective for sexual assaults committed by members of staff and clergy, the diocese of Quebec sees its highest leader, Cardinal Lacroix, targeted in turn.

His name appeared this morning on the updated list of alleged attackers, filed with the Court.

The actions he is accused of occurred between 1987 and 1988 in Quebec. The alleged victim was 17 years old at the time of the incident. The alleged actions: touching.*

No other details have been disclosed, and the identity of the alleged victim is protected.

From 1982 to 1987, Gérald Cyprien Lacroix was secretary general of the Pie-X Secular Institute. From 1985 to 1987, he was also director of the Maison du Renouveau in Quebec.

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He was ordained a priest on October 8, 1988.

Aged 66, Gérald Cyprien Lacroix became archbishop of Quebec in February 2011, then named cardinal by Pope Francis three years later, in 2014.

In addition to his episcopal office and his honorary role as primate of the Catholic Church in Canada, he exercises numerous responsibilities within four dicasteries in the Vatican, according to information available on the website of the diocese of Quebec ( New window).

We also learn in other documents filed in court that 147 alleged victims have come forward to date as part of the class action.

The lawyers who represent the victims in this collective action have also just contacted the Séminaire de Québec, the Oeuvre du Grand Séminaire, the Collège François-de-Laval as well as the Assurance Mutuel des Fabriques du Québec, which now appear on the list of defendants.

The Seminary of Quebec is a community of priests founded in 1663 by Mgr François de Laval. He oversees the progress of religion, the training of the clergy, teaching and education, and supports the works of the diocese of Quebec.

At least seven people allege that they were attacked by priests of the Seminary on premises belonging to it or under its control at the time.

According to Court documents show he has assets totaling nearly $150 million as of February 2023.

The Séminaire de Québec and the Work of the Grand Séminaire shared several administrators and leaders. As for the Collège François-de-Laval, it was known as the Petit Séminaire de Québec since its foundation and until 1987, during which it was subject to the control of the Séminaire de Québec as well as the archbishop.

Since 1987, Collège François-de-Laval has become a mixed private secondary school which no longer has any links with the Séminaire de Québec nor with the diocese.

The addition of defendants in this lawsuit may need to be submitted to the judge for approval.

*An earlier version of this text has since been corrected due to errors originally made in court documents filed in court.

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