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Mgr Guy Boulanger, bishop of Rouyn-Noranda. (File photo)
The diocese of Rouyn-Noranda also let us know that it is committed to collaborating with the diocese of Timmins, to which the institution [the St-Michel Seminary] belonged at that time so that all the light can be shed.
Marc Ryan also appreciated the meeting, but believes an apology is now necessary.
There are two things in an apology: firstly accepting that the facts are the facts and I believe that that is already a step taken with the religious authorities. The second part is how to explain it publicly. There are different ways to write your
mea culpa , he observes .
Julien Rivard would like their complaints to be available on the diocese website. Putting it effectively in the public space and increasing the chance that other victims will become aware of it and come forward to free themselves is one more tool to do so, he says.
In 1982, Joseph Guiho co-founded the Jesus-Est-Seigneur community, located at the east end of rue Perreault, in Rouyn-Noranda.
Several members of this community have always held Joseph Guiho in high esteem and some even demand that he be canonized. The mortal remains of Father Guiho lie in a crypt of this building. He was never buried in the cemetery. Canonical permission was granted by the bishopric of Rouyn-Noranda so that he could rest within his community.
The allegations at respect for their founder surprises members of the community. The chairman of the board of directors, Bernard Girard, declined to comment in an interview, but sent us a written reaction.
It is with dismay that the Jesus-is-Lord community learned of these allegations against Father Guiho and takes them very seriously. We strongly condemn all forms of sexual abuse. We believe that sexual abuse is unacceptable and that it is an attack on the integrity and dignity of the human person, regardless of the status or reputation of the person who committed it, we can read in the press release. .
Bernard Girard assures that his organization intends to collaborate with the diocese. To date, we are not aware of any allegations of abuse by Father Guiho towards past or current members of the Jesus-is-Lord community. However, if past or current members would like to report abuse on the part of Father Guiho, we invite them to do so to the diocese of Rouyn-Noranda through its mechanism for welcoming victims and processing complaints, we indicate in the press release.
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