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Archidiocèse de Saint-Boniface Archdiocese of Saint Boniface

Archevêché Archbishop’s House

151, avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2H 0H6

Téléphone: 204-237-9858 Télécopieur/Fax : 204-231-2652

Email: bureaumgr@archsaintboniface.ca Web: www.archsaintboniface.ca

Press Release

Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 14, 2015 For immediate release

Following charges laid against Fr. Ronald Léger, cvs, former pastor of Holy Family Parish, situated at

778 Archibald Street, in the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface. Fr. Ronald Léger has pleaded guilty to three

charges of sexual assault and to one charge of sexual interference.

Upon learning of these latest developments, the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface continues to express its

deep sorrow to the victims who have come forward, as well as to their families and the entire parish

community of Holy Family who have been affected by the acts of their former pastor. Moreover, the

courage of the victims to expose the truth is a service which brings to light a terrible darkness in the life

of the Church. The Archdiocese does not tolerate in any way those who commit this type of abuse and

continues to do all it can to assist those victims who have come forward as well as those who have not

yet made known their suffering.

The Archdiocese has worked closely with the Winnipeg police as soon as the situation was made known

to them in February 2014. The Archdiocese has followed closely its own diocesan protocol for the

protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults: Working Together for a Safe and Respectful Church

Environment and immediately suspended Fr. Léger from all ministerial activity in the Archdiocese. Fr.

Léger had been forbidden to have anything to do with former parishioners and children. In fairness to Fr.

Léger, he was presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.

Each time the heinous crime of sex abuse is reported, victims and their families are wounded again; the

vast majority of faithful priests bow their heads in shame, and sincere Catholics, Christians and people

of good will, experience shock, sorrow, anger and righteous indignation. Every single abuse case

involving a minor, no matter when it took place is a crime and we must respond to those who have been

victimized and hurt by any person acting in the name of the Church. The Archdiocese of Saint Boniface

stands in solidarity with the victims and wishes to be an instrument of reconciliation and healing for

them. We continue to pray for the victims and their families, for the parishioners of Holy Family and for

Fr. Ronald Léger.

For more information:

Mr. Jean-Maurice Lemoine

Diocesan spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface

President of the Advisory Committee for the Diocesan Protocol for the Protection of Vulnerable

Persons (www.archsaintboniface.ca)

204-257-2572

jml6@mymts.net

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2014/documents/papa- francesco_20140707_omelia-vittime-abusi.html - Holy Mass in the Chapel of the Domus

Sanctae Marthae with a group of clergy sex abuse victims – Homily of Pope Francis (Monday July

7, 2014)

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