OTTAWA (CCN) — Rev. Jacques Faucher, 79, was convicted March 30 of six counts of indecent assault and gross indecency involving young boys.
The incidents took place between 1969 and 1974 at the former Notre-Dame-des-Anges Parish. The five boys involved were between the ages of nine and 11 at the time of the offences. According to the Ottawa Citizen, they were altar servers.
The judge acquitted Faucher on charges involving two other boys on the basis of a “reasonable doubt.”
“When Jacques Faucher was criminally charged in February of 2013, I suspended him from all ministry and prohibited him from representing himself as a Catholic priest,” said Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast in a March 30 statement.
In light of his conviction, the archbishop said, “that suspension and prohibition will continue in force indefinitely.”
Prendergast stated the archdiocese’s commitment to “creating a safe environment for minors and other vulnerable persons.”
“We are also committed to the process of justice and reconciliation for the victims of clergy abuse,” he said. “Further, we follow the requirements of canon law and the most recent procedural requirements of the Vatican requiring that cases of the abuse of minors by priests be reported to offices of the Vatican.”
“I invite the faithful to pray with me that justice may be done and that healing and reconciliation will come to the victims,” he said.