Catholics angered, saddened by Montreal Church’s mishandling of abusive priest

CBC News

November 26, 2020

By Leah Hendry and Steve Rukavina

‘The sheep are not following the church blindly anymore,’ one former parishioner says

People who tried to warn Montreal’s Catholic Archdiocese about a pedophile priest say they’re sad, angry and overwhelmed by an explosive report outlining the church’s repeated failures to heed their warnings.

The Montreal archdiocese asked retired Quebec Superior Court justice Pepita Capriolo to investigate the church’s handling of allegations against former priest Brian Boucher, who was convicted in January 2019 of sexually abusing two young boys.

Capriolo’s report, released Wednesday, outlines the failures of top officials in the Montreal diocese to take action after repeated red flags about Boucher were raised.

“I have to tell you I’m overwhelmed by what Justice Capriolo has put together,” Kurt Reckziegel, a parishioner at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in the Town of Mount Royal, said Thursday.

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