Pope rules out sexual misconduct probe of Canadian cardinal

The Vatican has said it will not probe accusations of sexual misconduct against one of its top cardinals due to insufficient evidence.

Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet was named in a class-action lawsuit accusing 80 clergy members of sexual assault in his home province of Quebec.

A former diocesan intern alleged the Cardinal inappropriately touched her at public events between 2008 and 2010.

Cardinal Ouellet has not commented on the accusations.

The Cardinal is not facing criminal accusations and the allegations have not been tested in court.

The allegations surfaced in a statement of claim filed on Tuesday in Canada against the Quebec Catholic diocese.

The woman, who is identified by the initial F in the lawsuit, accused Cardinal Ouellet of inappropriately rubbing her shoulders, hugging her, kissing her on the cheek and slipping his hand down her back, close to her buttocks, all without her consent.

Her complaint was also filed directly to the Vatican in January 2021, with a…

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