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“Under my leadership, the Archdiocese of Montreal is determined to get to the bottom of things in the search for truth. We renew our commitment to receive, with compassion and respect, all those who reach out to us and to guide them toward the appropriate authorities. It is our firm desire to contribute, however humbly, to the process leading to justice and healing.”
In an open letter published on September 8, 2018, in La Presse and The Gazette, Archbishop Lépine appeals to everyone within the Church to be resolute in tackling the issue of sexual abuse.
To ensure the safety and integrity of all those to whom the Catholic Church proclaims the Gospel, the Archdiocese of Montreal introduced its Responsible Pastoral Ministry Policy in 2016 to ensure a healthy and safe environment and to prevent all forms of abuse toward vulnerable individuals.
As recommended in the 2018 guidelines on the protection of minors, published by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Catholic Church of Montreal publishes herewith its protocol for reporting and processing sexual abuse complaints.
In effect since 2003, this protocol is currently under revision. The updated version will conform more fully to the new CCCB guidelines as well as incorporate the recommendations from the 2019 bishops’ summit convened by Pope Francis to tackle the issue of clerical sexual abuse.