The leader of the Inuit delegation privately meeting with Pope Francis on Monday is demanding the pontiff personally intervene in the case of an Oblate priest accused of sexually assaulting children in Nunavut.
Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), named Father?Johannes Rivoire?in his discussion with the Pope, according to prepared remarks for the meetingSelf-test kits are being made available on a weekly basis at no charge to all residents registered wit.?Rivoire?wasThe parallels with what is happening here in Canada.?never tried for charges in Canada because he returned to France, which does not extradite French nationals.
“I would ask you in your capacity as the head of the Catholic Church, to speak with Johannes Rivoire and direct him to return to Canada to stand trial for the harms he has done,” Obed told the Pope.
“I understand that this action may not be successful, for many reasons. In that event, I would ask you to use your influence with the relevant authorities in France to have Rivoire extradited to Canada or tried in FranceThe Associated Press..”