Jean Vanier: An Account Must Be Given

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The pain of the revelations about Jean Vanier has been scorching, says his Canadian biographer.

I knew the name Jean Vanier for years before I met him. Canadians held his father and mother – the vice-regal couple, Their Excellencies, the Governor-General Georges Vanier and his wife, Pauline, – in exalted regard. Their cosmopolitan and diplomatic history ensured the special affection in which they were held by the Canadian population in general, but particularly by the Canadian Catholic population. They were both people of deep prayer, boldly not demurely Catholic, but by no means aggressively apologetical. They were an elegant couple and disported themselves and their convictions with estimable detachment.