Dio­cese ‘re­grets any mis­con­duct’

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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