MONTREAL, Dec. 22, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Archdiocese of Montreal
learned on Friday, December 21, that Mr. William Kokesch, permanent
deacon, had been arrested that same day. As a result, the Archdiocese
of Montreal immediately removed him from all ministry and pastoral
Having just learned of the charges against Mr. Kokesch, the diocese is
profoundly upset. Child pornography is an affront to human dignity, and
our first concern rests with those who are its victims.
The archdiocese will be attentive to the needs of concerned parishioners
and will co-operate with civil authorities. "We wish to assure all
those concerned by this event that we are keeping them in our prayers,
and we urge everyone to have confidence in and respect for the judicial
process and to await its conclusions."
As the judicial process is currently under way, no further comment will
be made at this time.
SOURCE: ARCHDIOCESE OF MONTREAL
For further information:
Lucie Martineau : 514 925 4304, Francophone media
Eric Durocher 514-690-3295, Anglophone media