The Vatican has said it will not probe accusations of sexual misconduct against one of its top cardinals due to 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 the Cardinal 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.

The allegations surfaced in a statement of claim filed on Tuesday in Canada against the Quebec Catholic diocese.

In a statement released yesterday, the Vatican said there are not enough grounds to issue a canonical investigation – which looks at whether Catholic Church law has been violated – into Cardinal Ouellet.

Credit: BBC

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