An apology?

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I have been told that Father Rene Labelle did in fact leave a suicide note.  I am unfortunately unable to confirm that, but, because of the manner in which I was contacted and told  I will tell you that I am strongly inclined to believe that is fact.  I have been told that in the note Father Labelle apologized to these affected by his lies.

I asked the contact if there is any hope that word of the note could get out publicly because it would mean so much to so many people.  The answer I received was:  “I know it would. I don’t think it would ever come out publicly. That’s why I’m telling this site. ”

That is all I know.  (When I was first contacted I was asked if I would agree not to ask my source how he/she knows certain details he/she would like to give me.  I agreed.)

As I say, I am inclined to believe the contact.  I do hope and pray that at some time the contents of the note which directly affect the victim who came forward, that victim’s family and friends, other victims, and all of those who believed his denials will be released either to the public or to Sylvia’s Site.  It is so very important for all of them.

Please pray for all of those impacted by Father Labelle’s death.  I include in my own prayers those for his family, and, for the repose of his soul,  and that God’s will be done.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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There is much more

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A page has been added for Donald Andrews, another former teacher from the prestigious St. Mary’s International School in Japan which is operated by a Canadian branch of the Brothers of Christian Instruction.

There is much more.  I am posting what I have available at this time – will add as further information comes my way.  I ask that anyone with any information on Donald Andrews please contact me.

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I had been hunting high and low for an obituary for Father Rene Labelle.  No luck.  My thanks to the person who spotted this very brief obituary in today’s Kingston Whig Standard and thoughtfully scanned it and sent it my way.  Here it is:

28 August 2014:  Obituary in Kingston Whig Standard 28 August 2014

As you know this is a very difficult time for the victims and their families.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

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Now he’s dead

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Father Rene Labelle is dead.  I have confirmation from several reliable sources that the priest was found dead in his apartment yesterday.  There is talk but no confirmation that his death was by suicide.  I have heard that an autopsy was being conducted.

Father Labelle was convicted in January of this year for sexually abusing a young boy.  He was sentenced to 16 months in jail.

Labelle filed an appeal.  Pending the appeal he was out on bail.  As of 16 August August all the requisite paperwork had not yet been filed with the court.

At some point Father Labelle violated his bail conditions and was facing two new charges of breach of bail.  He had a courtdate at 09:00 am this Thursday, 28 August 2014, on the breach charges.

And now he’s dead.

The appeal has not been dealt with.  The breach has not been dealt with.  His victim is left in Never Never Land with the conviction of his molester under appeal.

All I can say is that I hope and pray that IF his death was by suicide  he left a suicide note, and that in that note he had the decency to acknowledge that he sexually abused that boy, and that apologized to his victim and the victims family for the denials and the appeal and dragging it on and on and on.  I hope and pray too that he acknowledged that he sexually abused more than one unfortunate young lad.  There were other victims.

Please pray for all the victims of Father Labelle.

As you may well know, some victims berate themselves when their molester commits suicide, so please please assure the victim who came forward that Labelle’s suicide is not his, the victim’s, fault.   Keep that young man and his family in your prayers.

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Father Bernard Buckle‘s next court date is:

16 September 2014:  09:30 am, “status, ” Stephenville Newfoundland courthouse, (35 Alabama Drive)

I’m sorry, but I don’t know what “status” means.  Can anyone help?

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

This evening (Tuesday) or tomorrow I will be adding yet another name to the growing list of sexual molesters who taught or worked at St. Mary’s International School.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Any further info?

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I have been told but have not yet confirmed that Father Rene Labelle was found dead in his apartment yesterday.  Does anyone have any further information?

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Father Bernard Buckle had a courtdate in Stephenville, Newfoundland yesterday *Monday, 25 August 2014.  I will follow up on that today.  Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Archbishop testifying

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Archbishop Denis Hart is testifying at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse right now (12:17 am EST) Monday, 25 August 2014.  Hart has been Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2001.  His predecessor was Cardinal Pell.

I know little about Archbishop Hart aside the fact he has not endeared himself to the Australian masses in the past, at one point for telling a woman “Go to Hell, bitch” for knocking on his door in the middle of the night.

I have barely tuned in – will try to catch an hour or two. Much talk right now of canon law.   Click here to access the live stream.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Cardinal to testify in minutes

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Cardinal George Pell will be testifying via video-link (from the Vatican or Rome) in about 10 minutes.  He is due to testify at 4 pm Melbourne Australia time, which is 2 am Eastern Standard Time (the time here in Ontario, Canada)

The testimony will be live streamed.  Click here to access the website  and watch.

………

Cardinal Pell to face royal commission

Updated: 12:55 pm, Thursday, 21 August 2014

Cardinal George Pell’s role in setting up a Catholic Church compensation scheme for victims of paedophile priests will be scrutinised at the child abuse royal commission.

He was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 when the Melbourne archdiocese decided to respond to growing allegations of child sex abuse by its clergy.

The church considered creating a legal entity in 1996 that could be sued by victims, but designed the Melbourne Response compensation scheme instead.

Cardinal Pell told the royal commission earlier this year he believed the church should now create an entity that could be sued.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry last year recommended the Catholic Church be incorporated so it could be sued.

Melbourne archdiocese lawyer Richard Leder said the church’s position had shifted due to a better understanding of the extent of clergy sexual abuse.

‘(It is) the sheer number of victims, but (also) a much greater understanding of the long term effects of abuse,’ Mr Leder told the commission on Wednesday.

Cardinal Pell, now working in the Vatican, will give evidence via video-link from Rome at 4pm (AEST) on Thursday.

AAP

Cardinal Pell to face royal commission

Updated: 12:55 pm, Thursday, 21 August 2014

Cardinal George Pell’s role in setting up a Catholic Church compensation scheme for victims of paedophile priests will be scrutinised at the child abuse royal commission.

He was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 when the Melbourne archdiocese decided to respond to growing allegations of child sex abuse by its clergy.

The church considered creating a legal entity in 1996 that could be sued by victims, but designed the Melbourne Response compensation scheme instead.

Cardinal Pell told the royal commission earlier this year he believed the church should now create an entity that could be sued.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry last year recommended the Catholic Church be incorporated so it could be sued.

Melbourne archdiocese lawyer Richard Leder said the church’s position had shifted due to a better understanding of the extent of clergy sexual abuse.

‘(It is) the sheer number of victims, but (also) a much greater understanding of the long term effects of abuse,’ Mr Leder told the commission on Wednesday.

Cardinal Pell, now working in the Vatican, will give evidence via video-link from Rome at 4pm (AEST) on Thursday.

AAP

- See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/08/21/cardinal-pell-to-face-royal-commission.html#sthash.pru5MbMq.dpuf

Cardinal Pell to face royal commission

Updated: 12:55 pm, Thursday, 21 August 2014

Cardinal George Pell’s role in setting up a Catholic Church compensation scheme for victims of paedophile priests will be scrutinised at the child abuse royal commission.

He was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 when the Melbourne archdiocese decided to respond to growing allegations of child sex abuse by its clergy.

The church considered creating a legal entity in 1996 that could be sued by victims, but designed the Melbourne Response compensation scheme instead.

Cardinal Pell told the royal commission earlier this year he believed the church should now create an entity that could be sued.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry last year recommended the Catholic Church be incorporated so it could be sued.

Melbourne archdiocese lawyer Richard Leder said the church’s position had shifted due to a better understanding of the extent of clergy sexual abuse.

‘(It is) the sheer number of victims, but (also) a much greater understanding of the long term effects of abuse,’ Mr Leder told the commission on Wednesday.

Cardinal Pell, now working in the Vatican, will give evidence via video-link from Rome at 4pm (AEST) on Thursday.

AAP

- See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/08/21/cardinal-pell-to-face-royal-commission.html#sthash.pru5MbMq.dpuf

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Similarities here?

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Update on court

(1) Father Linus Bastien

Father Linus Bastien’s next court date is:

17 November 2014: 10 am, “a motion,” Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue)

I have no idea what the motion is all about, but it is open to the public so hope you mark your calendars well in advance and plan to attend.

Barring a miracle it looks as though this is going to drag along into 2015.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers

(2)  Father Robert Couture

Father Couture’s next courtdate is:

05 September 2014: 09:30 am, courtroom #3, “to be spoken to,” Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue)

So, no trial date as yet.

I know these “to be spoken to” court dates are frustrating and so often seem like such a waste of time for only a couple of moments in court, but. for those who have the time to go to observe and listen sometimes you can pick up a bit of an idea of what is going on in the background. Not always. But, sometimes it is well worth the trip.  There can be surprises.

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Two articles and the transcript are posted from yesterday’s Australian Royal Commission  hearing

18 August 2014:  Child sex abuse royal commission: Child abuse claims in Victoria cost Catholic Church $34m, inquiry hears

18 August 2014:  Child sex abuse royal commission: Child abuse claims in Victoria cost Catholic Church $34m, inquiry hears

18 August 2014:  Australian Commission Transcript (Case 16) re Melbourne Response Day One 18 August 2014

I caught parts but unfortunately not all of the hearing,  The timing is bad for me, but I did watch about three hours.

The hearings resumed at Tuesday morning at 10 am, – which is 8 pm EST this evening (Monday 18th) evening for me here in Ontario, Canada.  Click here to access the website It is now running.

A reminder that Cardinal George Pell is scheduled to testify at 10 am by video link  on Wednesday 20 August 2014.  That’s 10 am again, so, sort out the time change and when you need to access the commission website.  I know it’s 8 pm Tuesday evening for those of us on Eastern Standard Time.

The segment of the hearings running right now is tied into the Melbourne Response, which essentially is the Melbourne Diocese’s compensation process for sex abuse victims.  It’s a little like the Justice Michel Bastarache Conciliation deals in New Brunswick , and the settlement process hammered out by now disgraced and defrocked former Bishop Raymond Lahey for the beleaguered Diocese of Antigonish Nova Scotia.

Anyway, I think it’s well worth while keeping an eye on the testimony here.  I am sure we will hear of striking and even disturbing  similarities in the various processes.

For those in the dark about the Melbourne Response, here’s a quick read:

September 2012: Melbourne Response 2012 brochure

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Can anyone confirm for me that Father Robert Morrieesy went back to trial and was convicted after his succesful appeal?  The former Christian Brother was ordered back to trial on a number of the charges – I can find no record anywhere of that second trial, but I have found reference to a conviction.  I really would like to get this squared away.  It’s very difficult to find out what happened in court 20 years ago.  And, I must say it is very strange that there is not a mention of that second trial online.  If anyone knows anything about that second trial would you please contact me?

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Royal Commission

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The Australia Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is being live-streamed now.  Click here to access the website.

They  are on a  short break right now (9 pm EST) – coverage should resume shortly.

This session is dealing with Case Study #16.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Chilling

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I have added the page for Frank Selas, a former teacher at St. Mary’s International School in Japan. Selas was NOT a member of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, but would have been hired by them to teach at the school.

I promised this page some time ago but was having difficulty confirming a report I received advising that Selas had fled the country after being reported in Louisiana.  I had hunted and hunted in vain.  Then two days ago I went hunting again, and, there it was :)

I believe the information on the page speaks for itself.

Be sure to read those two pages from the Tokyo Weekender.  You just have to click on the image and it will enlarge – then use the magnifier to bring it to size for comfortable reading.

I can find no record of Selas’ death.  It’s highly probably he is still alive and hiding out in South America.  A fugitive.

Is he around children?  Probably.  Does he have access to children?  Probably.

Chilling.

If anyone has any more recent pictures of Frank Selas please send.  I am awaiting some information on the nature of this “Mr. Wonder: children’s show – ‘wondering’ of course, as I am sure are you, why he was called Mr. Wonder?

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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The suspensions, denials and prolonged silence

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I promised some more info on the suspensions and investigations of two Filipino priest in the Diocese of Grand Falls, Newfoundland.

Here is some backgrounder

(1) I received word around mid-July 2014 that Fathers Richard Salas and Lloyd Lugtu had been suspended by the Bishop (Daniels) and were under investigation for sexual assault. The allegations are NOT historic.

(2) At this point in time, as far as I can ascertain and from what I hear the two priests arrived in the Grand falls Diocese sometime in 2010. That was when Archbishop William Currie was serving as both Bishop of Grand Falls and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint John, Newfoundland. (It was in September 2010 that we had word Archbishop Currie had recycled convicted molester Father Michael Walsh into St. Brendan’s in Cottel Island, Bonavista Bay.  After much upset in the small community Archbishop Currie finally relented and advised that Father Walsh would no longer grace the sanctuary of St. Brendan’s.  More recently Archbishop Currie did announce the suspension of Father Dohey)

(3) A week ago parishioners at St. Joseph’s in Gander were informed that Father Salas had been suspended and is under investigation by the RCMP.

(4) And then, one full week later, this past weekend Father William Hearn, the Vicar General and Chancellor of the diocese travelled to and ‘said’ Mass at St Joseph’s & St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Port Union. At that time the small congregation was finally advised that their priest, Father Lugtue had been suspended and is currently under investigation by the RCMP.

Mass at Bonavista had been cancelled. Father Hearn did not travel to relate the news to those parishioners. True enough, the two churches are only a short 15 miles or so apart and those who wished to do so may have been able to drive to Port Union, however without doubt there would have been those who could not make the trip.

(5) Father Richard Salas, ordained in 2002, hailed from the Diocese of Sorsogan in the Philippines.

(6) Father Salas is listed in the index of the 2010 Canadian Catholic Church Directory (CCCD) at Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Gander. He has been in charge of St. Joseph’s ever since. It seems he has been administrator of the parish for those years – the diocesan website shows him as such.

(7) Father Lloyd Lugtu, ordained in 1999, hailed from the Diocese of Tariac, also in the Philippines.

Although he is not listed in the index of the 2010 Canadian Catholic Church Directory I do find reference to Father Lugtu in July 2010 as the celebrant in a funeral conducted at Immaculate Conception Cathedral. It seems possible then that Father Lugtu was perhaps assisting at the Cathedral when he first arrived?

By 2011 Father Lugtu was listed as Parish Administrator at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Port Union. Newfoundland, with missions in Bonavista and Trinity. The rectory is situated in Port Union.

Father Lugtu is a canon lawyer. In that regard, since his arrival or shortly thereafter, Lugtu has been serving in various capacities on the Grand Falls Diocese Marriage Tribunal.

(8) As I said, in mid July of this year I received word that Father Salas and Lugtu had both been suspended and were under investigation by the RCMP. The allegations allegedly relate to sexual assault of a male.

(9) On Thursday 17 July I sent the following letter to Father William Houlahn. Father Houlahan was and is listed on the diocesan website as Vicar General and Chancellor:

Dear Father Houlahan

I am Sylvia MacEachern, the operator of Sylvia’s Site where I blog on the sex abuse scandal and betrayals of trust in the Roman Catholic Church in Canada. (http://www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress/)

I have been told that Fathers Lloyd Lugtu and Richard Salas were suspended last month and that an RCMP investigation of both priests entailing sex assault of males is currently underway.

I am seeking clarification with the following questions:

(1) Are there allegations of sexual assault or sexual impropriety of some sort against one or both priests?

(2) Have the two priests in fact been suspended?

(3) Are the two priests still in the diocese?

Thanking you in advance for your assistance Father, I remain

Yours truly

Sylvia MacEachern

One week passed. No response.

(10) On Thursday 24 July 2014 I called Father Houlahan.

Yes, he had received my email, but ““I’m not in any position to comment… I’m no longer the VG.”  Father Houlahan, it turns out, had ceased his duties as VG and Chancellor about five months ago. His replacement is Father William Hearn.

(11)   I called Father Hearn. I explained that I was seeking confirmation that both Father Richard Salas and Father Lloyd Lugtu had been suspended and were under investigation.

Father Hearn advised that it is not in his jurisdiction to confirm or deny at this point: “It’s a matter for the bishop to deal with these things. All I can do is refer you to him.”

I was told that Father Hearn would take my phone number, and he in turn would tell the bishop that I had called and give the bishop my number.

(12)  And, on Thursday 24 July I tried calling the rectory in Port Union, hoping at the least to reach a secretary, or at best Father Lugtu.

Answering machine!

But, an answering machine with a message, which in essence said that in the case of an emergency call this number.

In my mind this is an emergency. I called.

(13) Father Lugtu answered the phone.

I opened by asking if it was true that he is under investigation for a sexual assault. The immediate response was: “Who is this?”

I identified myself.

The rest of the conversation went something like this (S = Sylvia: FL = Father Lugtu):

S: I’ve heard you under invest: and you’ve been suspended

FL: Well I don’t know about that

S: Are you working right now?

FL: I’m on holidays.

FL: Where is this news coming from?

S: From people

FL: Who?

S: I don’t reveal my sources.

FL: I’m shocked actually

S: So you’re not under investing by police?
FL: No

S: And you’re not suspended?

FL: I don’t know about that.

S: You haven’t been suspended?

FL: No. I’m not suspended. I’m on holiday

FL: Who told you that? I need to know

S: Are you saying it’s a lie?

FL: I’d like to know who’s saying what

S: I heard both you and Father Salas were suspended and are under investigation?

FL: “Oh! I don’t know. I’m not aware of it

S: Do you deny you ever assaulted anyone?

FL: Ah. Do I need to answer that question, because I want to know who’s saying this?

FL: I don’t know, I’m not aware.

FL: I will talk to my superiors. I’m not aware

S: I sent email to diocese last week: I will call them as well

S: What date are you due back?
FL: August

S: What date?

FL: Ah, I don’t know yet. I don’t have a fixed date. I’m on holidays, so probably 05 August

S: When did you go on holiday Father?

FL: 05 July

S: Do you plan to go home?

FL: Home is where?

S: The Phillippines

FL: No, I’m just here.

S: In Newfoundland?

FL: No, here, in Toronto

(14)  By late afternoon the following day (25 July 2014) there was no call back from the bishop. I sent the following email to Bishop Robert Anthony Daniel:

Your Excellency,

As you are no doubt aware I have been trying for the past week to get confirmation that Fathers Lawrence Lugtu and Richard Salas have been suspended and are under investigation by the RCMP for allegations related to sexual misconduct.

In that regard I sent an email to Father William Houlahan last Thursday. (Father Houlihan is listed on the diocesan website as Vicar General and Chancellor)

Yesterday (Thursday) I contacted Father Houlahan by phone and was surprised to hear that he is no longer the Vicar General and Chancellor and has not held those positions for approximately the past five months. Father Houlihan gave me the name of his successor, Father Bill Hearn.

I contacted Father Hearn by phone yesterday. Father Hearn advised that it is not in his jurisdiction to confirm or deny these things. He took my phone number. My understanding was that he would speak to you and you in turn would phone me.

Would you please, your Excellency, confirm by phone or in writing that the two priests in question have been suspended and are currently under investigation by the RCMP.

Thanking you in advance for your assistance in this troublesome matter, I remain

Yours respectfully,

Sylvia MacEachern
Sylvia’s Site
[my phone number]

Bishop Daniels, a native of Windsor Ontario and former auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of London, Ontario, has yet to respond.

(15) On 05 August 2014 the news broke that Father Salas is suspended and under investigation, amd that after parishioners were told that Father Salas had been suspended

(16)  This past weekend Father Hearn informed parishioners at  St Joseph’s & St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Port Union that Father Lugtu is suspended and under investigation.

(17) (Attempts to get confirmation of the instigation from the RCMP detachments in Bonavista and Grand Falls failed)

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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