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Do you want to file a complaint? Contact the Ombudsman.

‘‘The Archdiocese of Montreal is committed to carrying out a thorough investigation in its search for the truth. To that end, it has mandated an Ombudsman, whose function will be autonomous and independent of the Church. Any person who calls upon the Ombudsman to file a complaint concerning any form of abuse or inappropriate behaviour, regardless of the age of the victim, will be welcomed by her with goodwill and compassion.

We want to ensure that victims are listened to and receive better support.


+Christian Lépine
Archbishop of Montreal

  • Letter from the Archbishop
  • Documents concerning the processing of complaints
  • Episcopal reporting system
  • Report by the Honourable Justice Capriolo
  • Responsible pastoral ministry
     
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“Walking the Talk” - Archbishop Christian Lépine
“Walk the Talk”

spacer-221.pngIn an open letter published on September 8, 2018, in La Presse and The Gazette, Archbishop Lépine appeals to everyone within the Church to be resolute in tackling the issue of sexual abuse.

Filing a complaint
Filing a complaint

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The Capriolo Report was released November 25, 2020. With the support of a Committee co-chaired by Archbishop Lépine and the Honourable Pepita G. Capriolo, we are undertaking to implement the recommendations contained in that Report. The end result will be an abuse complaint process that focuses on the victim, that examines all forms of abuse, and under which a victim’s age no longer constitutes a criterion for reporting a complaint. The existence of an Ombudsman, the creation of a lay Advisory Committee comprising five members, one of whom is a survivor, and the fact that investigations are conducted by external experts will ensure that each complaint is treated with all due diligence and respect.

Bishop Reporting System
Bishop Reporting System

spacer-221.pngThe Bishops of Canada launch a national, bilingual service for reporting situations of sexual abuse either committed or covered-up by a Bishop. This service furthers their commitment to responsibility, accountability and transparency in matters of clergy sexual abuse and their commitment to facilitate healing and justice for victims-survivors.

Independent Report by the Honourable Capriolo

spacer-221.pngIndependent report by the Honourable Pepita G. Capriolo on the complaints against former priest Brian Boucher

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal has released the report of the independent investigation into the handling of complaints received about former priest Brian Boucher. The 276-page report by the Honourable Pepita G. Capriolo, a retired Quebec Superior Court judge, was made public at a press conference in her presence and that of Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal.

Rapport indépendant par l’honorable Capriolo
Prevention: A Responsible Pastoral Approach

spacer-221.pngIn order to ensure the safety and integrity of those to whom it brings the Gospel message, the Catholic Church in Montreal has adopted the diocesan policy of responsible pastoral care, which aims to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all, and to prevent all forms of abuse of vulnerable people.

Prévention : une pastorale responsable