Heartbroken

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I haven’t read the judge’s Reasons for Judgment yet, but have read that Dejaeger was convicted on a number of the charges and got off on a number more.  I am heartbroken.  I am disappointed beyond measure.  I am worried about the victims whose charges did not end with a guilty verdict.

Please pray for all the victims. and their family and friends.

The judges reasons for judgment and one media article are here:

10 September 2014:  Dejaeger verdict Reasons for Judgment

12 September 2014:   Nunavut court: pedophile ex-priest Eric Dejaeger guilty on 24 count

I will post more media coverage shortly – am having great difficulty getting articles up and typing with this broken arm :(  am anxious to read and try to come to terms with how this molester got off on so darn many charges.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Verdict due

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The verdict in the sex abuse trial of previously-convicted Oblate ex-priest Eric Dejaeger will be rendered tomorrow (Friday 12 September) in the Iqaluit courthouse, Nunavut.   Please keep Dejaeger’s many many victims in your prayers as they await the decision, and after.   Let’s hope and pray that justice is done.

Dejaeger also has a courtdate set for Edmonton, Alberta tomorrow “to set a date,”  I have a feeling those Edmonton charges may surface in the Nunavut courtroom tomorrow and be lumped in with the others.  I truly do hope I am mistaken.

Please post links to any media coverage re: the verdict.

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Earlier today I posted a letter from the Headmaster at St. Mary’s International School (SMIS) to alumni regarding child molester Brother Lawrence: here it is:

11 September 2014:   Kagei letter Alumni Letter acknowledging he knew of Brother Lawrence apology January 2014 and victim came forward May 2013

Wonder why it has taken so long to get Brother Lawrence away from the schools and out of Japan?  And, the big question: Where is this molester now? In Canada? Nestled away with Brother John in Quebec?

Many questions must be both asked and answered regarding the sex abuse and coverup at SMIS.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

 

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Medical woes

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Well, here goes.  I will briefly explain the medical situation with my husband as best I can.

My husband Mike has had an abdominal aneurysm for several years.  It has been monitored annually.  There was enough of an increase in growth in the last annual check to warrant another in six months.  The six month check called for further tests – CT scan and MRI.   Finally  two weeks ago the bad news from the vascular surgeon.  The aneurysm requires surgical intervention.   In preparation for the surgery he has had to undergo a series of tests and see two specialists to give the okay for surgery.  He will wrap up all the tests tomorrow – still needs to see the cardiologist.  Once he has been cleared he will be slated for a two-part surgical procedure.

So, the bad news is the state of the aneurysm and requirement for surgery.  The good news is that the surgery can be conducted endoscopically – through the arteries.  That is a much less invasive procedure.

He also has an aneurysm on the iliac artery – the branch of the aorta which travels down his right leg.  For various reasons that aneurysm can’t be fixed and would cause trouble for the “fix” of the one on the abdominal aorta.  Therefore, part one of the process will be to plug that artery.  Yes, literally plug it – permanently.

Part one will be done as an outpatient – he will be monitored for about four hours after the procedure and then home.

Part two – the fix of the big aneurysm on the abdominal aorta – will transpire a few days later as an in patient.  He will be in hospital for a minimum of two days post operatively.

I will let you know when each step is taken.  I ask for your continued prayers.

Perhaps to add a little comic relief to a rather stressful situation, yesterday  I managed to break both bones in my right arm, the bone in the middle toe of my left foot, and tear a flap of skin off that little toe which required several stitches.

I am  still trying to sort out how it happened.  All I know for sure is that I tripped on something in the laundry room, and whoosh -that was it.  Thankfully Mike was home – he followed the screams, and, believe me I screamed :) He got me squared away and away we went to thew hospital.

I can’t say enough for the staff and ER doctor at the small, and for us very handy, Arnprior hospital.  They were very efficient and very kind.

It will probably be a few days before I can use the fingers of my right hand with some degree of comfort.  The arm is in a cast and, for now, in a sling.  I am pecking away at this with my left hand :(  It’s not as easy as I thought it would be –

I won’t be able to post articles for several days.  If there is something of note that you see in the news which you think would be of interest please post a comment and paste a link.  Don’t send it to me because right now I won’t be able to do a thing with it.

Isn’t this just crazy?  I can not believe I put myself in this pickle right now.  Of all times!!!

*****

Father Abraham Azhsksthu had a court date in Peace River, Alberta on Friday past –  “to set a date”.   Keep the complainant  in your prayers.

*****

Sorry, I won’t be answering emails for at least the next few days – until I can swing this cast  around with a degree of abandon..

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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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.

*****

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.

*****

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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