Diocese ‘regrets any misconduct’
The Diocèse catholique d'Alexandria-Cornwall Catholic Diocese has issued a statement after one of its former priests, Denis Vaillancourt, was found guilty of sexual assault last week.
“The diocese regrets any case where a priest is found to have betrayed his vows and the sacred trust that is expected of a Roman Catholic cleric,” read the statement.
“Any form of misconduct by a member of the clergy or other per- sonnel of the Catholic Church is unacceptable.”
The statement, which also points out that Mr. Vaillancourt “is no longer in active ministry,” added that “we (the diocese) continue to pray for all those impacted by this very serious situation.” It also points out that the diocese has “developed extensive procedures to foster a safe environment for all members of our faith community”
Those policies can be found at www.alexandria-cornwall.ca by following the ‘Our Diocese’ > ‘Safe Environment’ tabs.