A potential papal successor, who has also been accused of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old intern, rebuffed a clergy rape victim while he was archbishop of Quebec.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who has been a possible papal candidate in recent conclaves, refused to accept responsibility for a priest in the archdiocese of Quebec who raped his 17-year-old maid in the rectory.
“Rape is a criminal act. And those who hide criminal acts and increase the sufferings of the victims are also criminals,” the victim, France Bédard, said after Ouellet rebuffed her appeal for justice.
Bédard says she battled the Quebec archdiocese for decades after Fr. Armand Therrien raped her in 1965. The victim was working as a maid in the village of Saint-Marc-des-Carrières (a town near Quebec City known for its rock quarries) when the crime occurred.
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