Church names Coquitlam priest in historic sexual abuse of 10-year-old boy

Tri-City News

December 12, 2020

By Stefan Labbé

The Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver has revealed the identity of a sexually abusive Coquitlam priest as part of ongoing revelations of abuse going back decades across B.C.

Ordained as a Franciscan priest in 1945, Armand Frechette served under the archdiocese at Coquitlam’s Our Lady of Lourdes Parish church from 1953 to 1970, according to an upcoming edition of The B.C. Catholic, a weekly paper originally billed as “The Official Organ of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.”

In 1999, a complaint of “improper sexual behaviour” against an unnamed Fransciscan priest led to a settlement, writes the Archdiocese in the weekly, adding “It is now believed that this settlement involved abuse carried out by Fr. Frechette.”

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