October 30, 2015
Yesterday, Ontario Provincial Police laid a charge against Fr. Denis Vaillancourt, 69, a retired priest of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. The charge relates to events involving an adult male that allegedly took place several weeks ago.
Any allegation of improper conduct by a priest is an extremely serious matter. The Diocese has cooperated fully with local authorities.
It would be inappropriate for diocesan officials to comment on the specifics of this case as it is currently a police matter.
However, we must be clear in stating that any form of misconduct by personnel of the Catholic Church is unacceptable. The Diocese has developed extensive procedures to foster a safe environment for all members of our faith community. These policies can be found by visiting the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall’s website: www.alexandria-cornwall.ca (see About Us, under the heading, “Safe Environment”). We encourage people to learn more about how we are working proactively to foster a culture of trust for our family of faith.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by these events.