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Ex-priest and previously convicted molester Mr. Barry McGrory has been convicted of all counts of indecent assault on a male and  indecent assault.  McGrory appeared in court this morning with four supporters.  Neither of the two victims was in court to hear the verdict.

McGrory will next appear in court for sentencing on the 27th and 28th of August at 9 am.  The hearings each day will probably not last over an hour.  By way of explanation for this strange ‘date.’ the hearing had to be split between the courtroom time available over the two days to accommodate thejudge, Crown and defence availability.  There is about an hour available each morning from 9 am to 10 am.  Defence thinks it will take a bit longer than one hour, so…. two days with one hour each!

On those days defence will without doubt try to convince the court that, for the usual litany of reasons (i.e., frailty, poor health, suffered enough due to publicity defrocking, says he has overcome his sexual disorder through participation in a 12-step program) McGrory should not spend a single day behind bars.  Hopefully the Crown will argue that regardless of his age McGrory should serve time for his crimes. (I believe McGrory is 85 now?)

At some point there will also be opportunity for victims and/or family members  to read a victim impact statement into the record, or to have one read on his/herbehalf

Something came up which has me asking questions…

The abuse of both victims transpired between the late 1964 and 1971 when McGrory was serving as a priest at Richmond, Ontario.  According tot he judge, one victim went to the archdiocese to report the abuse .  What date this transpired is currently unknown, but what is known is that at that time there was a ‘pay-off’ of some sort and the victim was gagged.  At a later date (also at this time unknown) the victim became upset when he  realized he had been gagged and started contacting the archdiocese again.  I don;t know the outcome of that contact, but am wondering if in fact the gag was an illegal gag?  ie. was the victim prohibited from contacting law enforcement?   I don’t know, but, if yes,  that is illegal.

No matter, for now I am trying to sort out who at the archdiocese knew what and when.   I do know that McGrory disappeared very suddenly in or around 1986.  I remember  clearly being told, by a priest.   There was something strange about it, but at that time in my life I had not an inkling of what.   In later years I looked back on McGrory’s strange and sudden departure, and the manner in which I was told he was ‘gone,”  and wondered if he had in fact been reported, and if perhaps there was some sort of an agreement made with Church or other authorities to  get him out of the city immediately?  (I do know of cases where deals were made that no charges would be laid if the priest disappeared from the community.  )

So, back to the question:  at what date did the the victim referenced above contact the archdiocese to report his abuse at the hands of McGrory?

An interesting side bar to this is the fact that, according to a June 2016 article in the Ottawa Sun McGrory told Andrew Duffy that he, McGrory, had told then Ottawa Archbishop Joseph-Aurele Plourde of his, McGrory’s, predilection for adolescents.  There is no specific date, but it seems to relate to his years at Holy Cross.  Despite this knowledge Plourde allowed McGrory to move on to assume duties as assumed as head of Catholic Church Extension Society (head office in Toronto, Ontario) .  Two years later McGrory was sexually abusing the young native boy who later went to police .

What I am now wondering is if perchance McGrory’s ‘disclosure’ to the Archbishop actually came after a victim or a victim’s family members went pounding on the doors of the Archbishop? In other words, perhaps this ‘disclosure’ transpired after McGrory was reported?

Perhaps it happened more than once? Perhaps it was only in the mid 80s that a very tolerant Archbishop Plourde finally felt obliged to squire McGrory out of the archdiocese?

Yes, honestly, I am beginning to think that there may well have been a number of victims or their family members who reported McGrory.     Truth be told, I have a sense that there are a lot of McGrory victims out there who have yet to come forward.

Please keep the victims in your prayers.  And please pray for the repose of the soul of the unfortunate victim who died before the case went to trial.  I was thinking of him this morning.

Finally, I commend those who came forward.  Never forget all of you, it is only because of your courage in speaking out that we know what wolves in sheep’s clothing these molesters were and are.  And it is only through your courage that we know that a number of bishops and archbishops lied to victims, recycled molesters and in so doing willfully placed young children and adolescents at risk.  Thank you.   Thank you every one of you.

I will leave it at that for now.

A reminder that the next court dates for Mr. Barry McGrory are:

27, 28 August 2019:  09:00 am, sentencing, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

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An excellent article by Andrew Duffy in today’s Ottawa Citizen:

24 June 2019:  Former Catholic priest Barry McGrory found guilty of historic sex assaults

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Updates

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There are several updates regarding trials and court-dates:

(1)  Father Malcolm D’Souza

Priest Diocese of Calgary Alberta.  Late vocation to the priesthood – ordained 2002.

The charges laid against Father Malcolm D’Souza in January 2019 have been withdrawn:

20 June 2019:  “Sexual assault charges against Calgary pastor withdrawn” & related articles

What exactly happened here is unknown.   According to media reports the Crown said there was no reasonable prospect of conviction and it was not in the public interest to proceed.

Despite the withdrawal of charges Father D’Souza will remain on administrative leave while the Diocese of Calgary conducts an internal investigation:

20 June 2019:  Diocese of Calgary statement after charges withdrawn

(2)  Monsignor James Robertson

Priest Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador (previously Diocese of St. George’s).  Ordained 1989.  Involved in coordinating the Diocese of St. George’s Newfoundland settlement agreement with victims of clerical sexual abuse.  Charges laid April 2019.

The next court-date for Monsignor James Robertson is:

16 July 2019: 09:30 am, “for plea” Corner Brook Courthouse (82 Mt. Bernard Avenue, Corner Brook, Newfoundland)

(3)  Father Henri Paradis

Priest with the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles (MSA). Ordained 13 May 1972.  Charges laid April 2019.

The next court-date for Father Henri Paradis is:

06 September 2019: 09:30, courtroom # 105, Laval courthouse ( 2800 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval, Quebec).

(4)  Father Cecil Noronha

Indian born priest.  Ordained 1981. Former Salesian priest – now member of the Voluntas Dei Insitute.  Charged June 2018.

After his preliminary hearing of 14 June 2019 Father Cecil Noronha was committed to stand trial. His case has now been transferred to the Superior Court of Justice in Sudbury Ontario.   It usually takes a week or so for files to be transferred to the Superior Court and therefore at least a week or more before a court-date is set.  I will check again today to see if there is a court-date set.  As soon as I get court date I will let you know,

As I mentioned before, this next  court date will NOT be a trial date: There will be another series of court-dates in Superior Court before a trial date is set.

(5)  Mr. Barry McGrory

Ex-priest, Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario.  Ordained 1960.  Guilty plea 1993.   New charges laid November 2016.  Defrocked 2018

The rendering of the verdict at the sex trial of ex-priest and previously convicted molester was put off until next Monday.

24 June 2019:  VERDICT,  Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

(6) Father Robert MacKenzie

 Scottish born former Benedictine.  Ordained in Edinburgh 1956.   Served in  Archdiocese of Regina Saskatchewan since 1988.

Father Robert MacKenzie is battling extradition to Scotland to face his accusers. He has a court-date with the Court of Appeal in July:

24 July 2019: 10 am, “chamber hearing,” Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan ( 2425 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan)

This is not the actual hearing itself, but a step leading up to the hearing.

Please keep the complainants in Scotland in your prayers as Father MacKenzie battles on to avoid facing the charges.

Please keep all complainants and victims in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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New legal calendar

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A fee updates on five upcoming court-dates.  As always, please keep all the victims and complainants in your prayers:

(1)  Barry McGrory

The verdict for the trial of ex-priest and previously convicted molester Barry McGrory is scheduled to be rendered a week from Tuesday:

18 June 2019:  09:00 am, VERDICT, third floor, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.).

McGrory ,who was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario in 1960, served three months probation in 1993 after leading guilty to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy.  In November 2016 he faced the first of several new sex charges.  He was defrocked some time in 2018.

(2) Father Henri Paradis msa

The next court-date for Father Henri Paradis is scheduled for a week from Monday:

17 June 2019:  Laval courthouse ( 2800 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval, Quebec)

Paradis, a priest with the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles (MSA) was  0rdained 13 May 1972.  He  was charged April 2019.

(3)  Father Cecil Noronha

Father Noronha, a former Salesian priest ordained in India December 1981, became a member of the Voluntas Dei Insitute some time after his arrival in Canada.

In June 2018 Noronha was charged with: Sexual Assault on a Person Under Sixteen Years of Age,  Sexual Interference and  Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm.  At the time the charges were laid Noronha was serving in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie Ontario.

Father Noronha has a preliminary hearing scheduled for a week from today:

14 June 2019: 10 am, Preliminary Hearing,  Espanola Ontario courthouse (100 Tudhope St, 2nd Fl, Suite 3)

(4)  Father James Robertson

Father James Robertson, a priest with the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, Newfoundland (originally Diocese of St. George Newfoundland), was ordained in 1989 .  Robertson, who was involved in  coordinating the Diocese of St. George’s Newfoundland settlement agreement with victims of clerical sexual abuse.  In April 2019 the RCMP laid charges against Father Robertson in relation to allegations of assault of a student   at a school event in the Bay of Islands before Christmas 2018.

Father Robertson’s next court-date is:

18 June 2019:  09:30, Corner Brook Courthouse 82 Mt. Bernard Avenue, Corner Brook) “for plea”

(5)  Father Malcolm D’Souza

Father Malcolm D’Souza, a priest with the Diocese of Calgary, Alberta and late vocation to the priesthood, was ordained 2002.  In January 2019 sex assault charges were laid related to allegations of sex assault of a woman at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in the Fall of 2012.  Father D’Souza’s next court-date is:

  02 July 2019 :  09:00 am, courtroom # 306, Calgary courthouse (515 6th Ave. SW, Calgary); 21 February  2019:  Calgary Alberta courthouse

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You may have noticed the new Legal Calendar.  I have entered the upcoming court dates  of which I am aware.  I will check through files to see if any are missing.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Heartbreaking

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The Cardinal Pell appeal continues.   Here is the link to access the live stream coverage of the Pell appeal

This is painful to watch.  Painful.  Unfortunately  I think perhaps the lawyer for the Crown has a speech impediment of some kind?  perhaps a stutter?   Whatever the case, it is very difficult to listen to and/or follow his arguments.  And, sadly, further to that, at this very moment, and if I am hearing correctly, he seems incapable of articulating  why two young teenage boys did not discuss with each other, their  mother, or anyone else, the abuse they endured at the hands of Pell.

Heartbreaking.  In this day and age.  Heartbreaking.

Eventually and thankfully the judges themselves explained that there is now allowance at trials for such matters.

Oh my!   Hopefully I am missing the gems of the Crown  arguments, …

Anyway, I did post a file with several articles regarding the fund-raising which was transpiring last year to pay Pell’s legal costs:

08 May 2018:  “Sydney archdiocese runs ads seeking donations for Cardinal George Pell’s legal fees” & elated articles

As you see, Pell’s defence lawyer daily fees are rumoured to be in the order of $16,000.  Further to that, I have heard – unconfirmed – that the daily fee for Pell’s appeals lawyer is in the range of $22,000!

Are you like me?  Do you ever wonder why a defendant with deep pockets or access to the same can pick the ‘cream of the crop’ while victims must accept the Crown – competent or otherwise – assigned to his/her case?

Is this just?

Is it fair?

Questions. Questions. Questions.

For now, back to the live-stream.

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Parsed and disected

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For those in Ontario and other areas on Eastern Daylight Time, day two of the Cardinal Pell appeal of his sex abuse conviction will continue this evening at 7:30 pm.

Yesterday’s time was taken by Brett Walker SC, an “appeals specialist” and part of the Pell defence team.  I did watch most of the hearing.  There were times where the live stream ebbed and flowed or disappeared, but on the whole the reception was  good.    As for content, all I can say is there was no lack of talk of “habit,” “custom,” “reasonable doubt,” “extreme probability,” ritual and timing.  It seemed that word after word and comment after comment was parsed and dissected. On and on and on.

Anyway, there are a number of articles here which together provide a fairly good idea of what transpired

05 June 2019:  “Crown expected to mount tough fight against George Pell appeal” & related articles (

Today the Crown will probably counter Walker’s arguments and argue that the jury’s conviction should be upheld.

Again, here is the link to access the live stream coverage of the Pell appeal

A reminder to check your time zone and sort out the time difference between your location and Victoria, Australia.  Here in Ontario it is 14 hours.    We are on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).  Therefore, for those  in Ontario and all others  in Eastern Daylight time zone the hearings will commence this evening (05 June) at 7:30 pm (09:30 am, 06 June in Victoria, Australia).

Please keep the victims in your prayers,

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Headaches

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Unfortunately the software for the Legal Calendar is no longer supported: the plugin is now creating problems on the site.  I have had to deactivate the plugin for the page (linked in the horizontal menu under the picture above), and will have to do likewise for the small calendar which appears in the sidebar to the right.

Alas, now it’s on to trying to find a plugin which will do the same job, and then begin the process of entering upcoming court-dates 🙁

Headaches!

And more headaches:   I am trying to catch what I can of the Cardinal Pell appeal which is being live-streamed from the Victoria Australia Supermen Court.

Enough for now

Sylvia

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Cardinal Pell’s appeal starts this evening (EDT time)

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Cardinal George Pell’s appeal, scheduled to start at 09:30 am, 05 June 2019 in Victoria, Australia.   (Click to enlarge)

As noted before, the hearings will be live streamed, however please check your time zone and sort out the time difference.  Here in Ontario it is 14 hours.  We are on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).  Therefore, for those  in Ontario and all others  in Eastern Daylight time zone the hearings will commence this evening (04 June) at 7:30 pm.

The following is an informative article as to what is happening and what we might expect:

04 June 2019:  All you need to know about George Pell’s appeal

Please keep the victims in your prayers, and please pray that justice is done.

P.S.  Here is a link to the Victoria Supreme Court which will live stream the proceedings.  (I don’t see the link set up to the live webcast as yet.)

Here it is, the link to the video portal for webcast

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Don’t miss this ‘shocker’:

03 June 2019:  La Crosse Priest Charged in Sexual Assault Case” & related articles

Note that there is said to be surveillance video which “appears to corroborate the woman’s story.”

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Be sure to check on NEW to the site regularly.  Every article posted is listed and linked.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Another

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Another name has been added to ‘the list.’

Monsignor James Robertson with the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador Newfoundland has been charged with assault.

I have started a page  and posted enough information to  give a bit of an idea of Monsignor’s  assignments since his ordination in 1986.

I am heading to the States this morning.  I will add to the page after my return. Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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He was all over the place

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And another…

The page for Father Henri Paradis msa  is posted.

As you will see, he was all over the place. I finally stopped – I realized I could literally could spend days listing dates on which he said Mass here, gave a retreat there, conducted a mission somewhere else or was off on a pilgrimage.  I may add more dates over time, but for now I think there is enough information to get a general feel for Father Henri Paradis’ whereabouts over the past years.

Those in the Ottawa Archdiocese please note and spread the word that Father Paradis’ has ministered within the boundaries of the archdiocese, and that at least one of his pilgrimages to Medjugorje was advertised in Ottawa Communique du Jeudi.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Holy Saturday

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Holy Thursday.  Good Friday.  Now Holy Saturday.

Time to remember…

Christ betrayed by Judas, denied three times by Peter, scourged, crowned with thorns, ridiculed, mocked, crucified – for love of us.

One of my favorite reflections on Good Friday is the suffering which the Blessed Virgin Mary endured as she helplessly watched the suffering of her Son.

Stabat Mater

At the Cross her station keeping…

At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had pass’d.

Oh, how sad and sore distress’d
Was that Mother highly blest
Of the sole-begotten One!

Christ above in torment hangs;
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
Whelm’d in miseries so deep
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that Mother’s pain untold?

Bruis’d, derided, curs’d, defil’d,
She beheld her tender child
All with bloody scourges rent.

For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above;
Make my heart with thine accord.

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ our Lord.

Holy Mother! pierce me through;
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.

Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.

Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourn’d for me,
All the days that I may live.

By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins best,
Listen to my fond request
Let me share thy grief divine.

Let me, to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swoon’d
In His very blood away.

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die,
In His awful Judgment day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defence,
Be Thy cross my victory.

While my body here decays,
May my soul Thy goodness praise,
Safe in Paradise with Thee.

Amen.

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