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The Archdiocese of Montreal has done little to counter complaints against a pedophile priest and appeared to be more interested in protecting its reputation than its victims, according to an independent review released Wednesday.

Former Quebec Supreme Court Justice Pepita G. . Capriolo’s report highlighted numerous shortcomings in the Church’s response to complaints against Brian Boucher. The priest was sentenced to eight years in prison in March 2019 for molesting two boys.

« Secrecy is everywhere in this file, » woman. Capriolo wrote in her report. “Secret archives, secret hiding places for sensitive documents and documents that are so secret that they have been completely removed. ”

woman. Capriolo said at a press conference on Wednesday the church had complaints against Mr.. . Boucher from the 1980s to the end of 2015. « Yet Boucher’s inexcusable behavior was a series of complaints from the start of his career in the Church. ”

In their 276-page report, complaints were made against Mr.. . Boucher for bullying, authoritarian, homophobic, racist, misogynistic as well as verbally and physically aggressive behavior. « What impressed me the most was the handover of the money, » said Ms.. Capriolo told reporters. “The need to protect Boucher’s reputation seemed paramount. ”

No minors have alleged sexual abuse against Mr.. . Boucher until 2015. But that is no reason to exonerate church officials.

She said in the report that it was responsible for monitoring Mr.. Boucher’s education, training, and work as a priest were not accountable and did not take complaints against him seriously.

Two young men, 18 and 19 years old, had complained to the Archdiocese in the late 1990s and early 2000s about situations in which Mr.. . Boucher, who she said should have been examined more thoroughly. Mr. Boucher was sent for psychological treatment in connection with a complaint, she said, adding that documents for the other had completely disappeared.

Rumors were circulating about Mr.. . Boucher’s interest in boys since the 1980s, she said, adding that concerns about the priest had been communicated to the Montreal Grand Seminary and the Archdiocese but little had been done.

Mr. . Boucher was first sent for therapy rather than discipline in the 1990s and again in 2003, she said.

His 2003 psychological evaluation indicated that Mr.. Boucher had a desire to exercise emotional control and power over young people, but it suggested that “the need was not sexually based.  » Mrs. Capriolo said nothing in the report to support this conclusion.

« This is important because [the report] was later used as further justification for rejecting Boucher’s potential as a sexual abuser, » said Dr. . Capriolo noticed. The evaluation from 2003 together with mr. Boucher’s constant threat of legal action – including against other clergy – helped keep people calm, she said.

By 2003 the Church had an advisory committee on the sexual abuse of minors, but no one thought it appropriate, Lord. Boucher to this group, woman. Capriolo wrote in her report. « An overdue concern about Boucher’s reputation prevented any kind of investigation that could have led to better decisions about his ordination, » she wrote.

Track down the documents for Mr.. . Boucher also proved complicated, she said. Mrs. Capriolo began her investigation a year ago, interviewing 60 witnesses and reviewing hundreds of documents.

Her report found that a culture of secrecy at the time meant that important documents went missing and there was no paper trail the woman sent. Capriolo through her own information trip to external sources or to the secret archives of the Church.

Archbishop Christian Lepine said the archdiocese would each of the 31 recommendations of Mrs.. Capriolo, who will help the Church to implement them by autumn 2021.

« On behalf of the Montreal Catholic Church and for myself, I want to say how sorry we are that you have witnessed the effects of such horrific acts that should never have happened, » Archbishop Lepine said in a news conference.

woman. Capriolo’s recommendations include better oversight, organizational changes, greater transparency, strict protocols for dealing with abuse and sanctions for those who break the rules. She also recommended the establishment of an external ombudsperson and the establishment of an advisory committee to examine complaints.

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