Pope rules out sex misconduct probe of top cardinal

Pope Francis has ruled out a sexual misconduct probe of a top Canadian cardinal citing 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 that Cardinal Marc Ouellet 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.

Cardinal Ouellet came a close second to Pope Francis while vying for the papacy and is termed as one of the top advisers to Pope Francis.


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