Two little tid bits of news regarding Father Robert MacKenzie (Scot born priest and former Benedictine monk now in the Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan)
(1) In response to a question regarding Father MacKenzie and Southdown, Father Lorne Crozon ( Vicar General) replied that to his knowledge Father MacKenzie has never attended Southdown.
(2) Father MacKenzie arrived in the Archdiocese in July 1988.
Slowly but surely, more to come on all of this.
Friday wound up being file income tax returns day 🙁 For various reasons we are late getting at it so that had to take priory . It is basically taken care of, but, that meant that some phone calls I was hoping to place regarding Father Javier De Los Angeles Cortazar yesterday afternoon were put on the shelf. I have however been turning my brain inside out over the travesty of justice or whatever anyone wants to call what transpired in that Meadow Lake courthouse this past Tuesday and what has been going on the Diocese of Prince Albert Saskatchewan in response to this scandal. So, what free time there was was spent poring through canon law books and the Criminal Code of Canada, – and thinking! 🙂
On 19 April 2017 I blogged “Beyond dirty“, that in response to the startling news that the sex assault charges against Father Javier De Los Angeles Cortazar (Father Cortazar) had been stayed. A question was put to the complainant by defence which would force the complainant to either violate the Seal of Confession and be excommunicated, or remain faithful to his priestly vows, be cited for contempt of court and land in jail.
Dirty. Really really dirty.
This from a priest.
That any priest would stoop so low in his own defence is beyond me. That is the bottom of the barrel.
But, it worked, did it not? Bottom of the barrel or no, it worked. Father Cortazar “walked.”
The end really and truly justified the means.
There must be some canonical penalty for something like this? There must be. This is unconscionable.
And, same priest but on a slightly different note…
You may recall that, for reasons unknown, Father Cortazar was permitted to remain in active ministry after the sex assault charges were laid. In other words, for reasons unknown, a priest who allegedly sexually assaulted a fellow priest and was facing criminal charges related to those allegations was allowed to continue to offer up the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, hear confessions and provide spiritual guidance.
Well, I had hoped that in light of the stay there would automatically be a canonical investigation to determine if indeed Father Cortazar sexually assaulted a fellow priest, and pending the outcome of that investigation – for the safety and spiritual well-being of all – Father Cortazar would be suspended.
Not. Well, at least not right now….
Father Cortazar is scheduled to say Mass at Sacred Heart in Look Lake this weekend.
Some may have noticed that yesterday evening I posted a comment regarding the stay of charges against Father Javier De Los Angeles Cortazar . There was no indication as to why the charges were stayed. My hope was that it wasn’t because De Los Angeles Cortazar had claimed his right to a speedy trial had been violated.
Well, it wasn’t . It was, in my opinion, worse. What De Los Angeles Cortazar did to get off here was worse.
I realize that many if not most of you disagree with Church teaching regarding the inviolability of the Seal of Confession, with the belief that clerical sexual predators confess without fear of being reported and that a priest confessor should have a duty to report confessions which identify clerical molesters. I don’t believe that most of these predators believe in confession or sin so it would be the rare one indeed who would confess his evil acts, and I do believe that there are ways that the matter can be handled in such way as to protect children and the vulnerable. I also believe and have said in the past and continue to believe that the seal of confession must, for the sake of the penitent, remain inviolable. Any good priest believes that, and will go to jail rather than violate the seal of confession. A priest who violates the seal of confession is excommunicated.
I could not believe my eyes when I saw this this morning!
De Los Angeles Cortazar knows full well that his accuser can not answer the question. He knows!!! And he sat in court and watched this play out? And he said not a word?!!!
Oh my, I wish we knew more of what testimony was entered into evidence before it came to this.
Do I need to say what I think of a priest who deliberately sets up another priest in this fashion?
This is reprehensible. Vile.
What will the archdiocese do about this? Will they take Father De Los Angeles Cortazar by the scruff of the neck and deal with him canonically? Will they give him the boot?
By the way, with this kind of stay the case can be brought back to trial within a year. I hope and pray that if there is anyone out there with information regarding this situation and these charges they will contact police.
Actually I was concerned that the dates or location here may have been in error, but, I just checked and the trial did indeed commence yesterday (Easter Sunday) and it is indeed being conducted in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.
You may recall that Father De Los Angeles Cortazar was originally ordained for the Archdiocese of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico 27 December 1996, and then became then incardinated in the Diocese of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 18 August 2014. When he arrived in Canada in general and the the PA diocese in particular is at this time unknown.
Father De Los Angeles Cortazar is facing charges related to allegations of sexually assaulting another priest at a cabin near Goodsoil Sask in 2014. Strangely enough, De Los Angeles Cortazarhe remained in active ministry after the charges were reported. The current 2017 Canadian Catholic Church Directory lists him as Pastor at Saint Boniface Roman Catholic Church, Goodsoil, Saskatchewan, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Loon Lake, and Saint Antoninius Roman Catholic Church in Pierceland, Saskatchewan. The diocesan website currently shows him as “On Leave.”
I encourage anyone who is free to do so to attend. Please keep the complainant in your prayers, and please pass along links to news about the trial.
I am still doing some digging and making calls regarding Father Robert MacKenzie – awaiting call backs and emails which don’t seem to be coming, so, will have to start again 🙂
This beautiful hymn, recalling the sufferings of the Mother of Jesus as she stood at the foot of the cross, dates to the 13th century. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword would pierce the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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.
Of the glorious Body telling,
O my tongue, its mysteries sing,
And the Blood, all price excelling,
Which the world’s eternal King,
In a noble womb once dwelling
Shed for the world’s ransoming.
Given for us, descending,
Of a Virgin to proceed,
Man with man in converse blending,
Scattered he the Gospel seed,
Till his sojourn drew to ending,
Which he closed in wondrous deed.
At the last great Supper lying
Circled by his brethren’s band,
Meekly with the law complying,
First he finished its command
Then, immortal Food supplying,
Gave himself with his own hand.
Word made Flesh, by word he maketh
Very bread his Flesh to be;
Man in wine Christ’s Blood partaketh:
And if senses fail to see,
Faith alone the true heart waketh
To behold the mystery.
Therefore we, before him bending,
This great Sacrament revere;
Types and shadows have their ending,
For the newer rite is here;
Faith, our outward sense befriending,
Makes the inward vision clear.
Glory let us give, and blessing
To the Father and the Son;
Honour, might, and praise addressing,
While eternal ages run;
Ever too his love confessing,
Who, from both, with both is one.
R. Thou hast given them bread from heaven.
V. Having within it all sweetness.
Let us pray: O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament left us a memorial of Thy Passion: grant, we implore Thee, that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, as always to be conscious of the fruit of Thy Redemption. Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever.
12 May 2017: 09:30, Assignment court (to set date for rendering verdict?), Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)
Yes, for whatever reason it’s back in Assignment Court again. Why? I really have no idea. Without being in the courtroom to hear what happened it is impossible to know. The trial is over, there can be no new evidence presented. There must be an issue getting the schedules of the Crown, defence and trial judge sorted out to set a mutually agreed upon date? No matter, the bottom line is we are waiting for a date for rendering of the verdict.
Please keep the complainant and his family in your prayers.
I am still awaiting a call back on the next court date for previously convicted Father Barry McGrory. As soon as I have news I will pass it along.
[. Just received. The next court date for Father Barry McGrory is:
12 April 2017: 08:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #5, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.) ]
Previously convicted and presently incarcerated former church organist Brian Lucy has a court date this morning:
10 April 2017: 10 am, to set a date, either for a guilty plea or sentencing, Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)
If anyone hears or sees news of the outcome, please pass it along.
As always, please keep the complainants in your prayers
Three days ago in relation to Scotland and Father Robert MacKenzie, I made reference to Southdown and the fact that the information previously posted in theinquiry.ca is one of many “pages” to be repopulated on the The Inquiry website.
Well, the Southdown ‘page’ was more than a page. Much more. I spent the weekend trying to get as much of that information back together as possible and re- posted.
Those postings date back about 10 years! – right back in fact to the early days of the Cornwall Public Inquiry and news that Jesuit Father John Loftus a former Executive Director of the Southdown institute, would be be called upon to testify as an “expert” witness and sit as a member of Justice Norman Glaude’s Advisory panel.
Thankfully, complaints about Father Loftus and conflict of interest prevailed: Father Loftus did not testify as an expert witness. My recollection is, however, that he continued to ‘advise’ the commissioner as a member of the Advisory Panel
Anyway, most of that information has now been re-posted. There are still a multitude of links to fix in posts throughout the years. but, this is a start.
Apologies for the look of The Inquiry website. Those who have followed the site for the past 11 years know the trials and tribulations encountered when the developers of the site software stopped supporting the software, the result being that one day|The Inquiry was poof – gone! There are literally thousands of pages of documents and information which need to be re-posted. That has entailed further problems and heartache with software 🙁 A few months back I decided to take a break from it and try to think through a way ahead. Perhaps I am ready to take another shot at it? For now, however, the object of the exercise was to just get the information re-posted, and worry about layout and webdesign later.
…it’s not terribly difficult. I use a “Feed Reader” called Feedly. It’s free to use, although there is a paid option. Feedly offers apps for phones and tablets as well, which will all sycnchronize
These instructions apply to the desktop (PC / Mac) version:
* Set up an account at feedly.com. When your account is ready, you’ll see an “add content” button in the top left corner. Click it.
* Type in or paste the URL of this site (www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress).
* Two results will come up. One is for the posts to the site (which Sylvia makes); another is for comments on posts (made by anyone). You can add those to your Feedly feed.
Once you have done this, new posts and comments will be fed to your Feedly page each time there’s something new. You can read them there and mark them as read afterwards, or click through to the actual post.
You can do this with almost all websites. It’s a great way of getting through lots of information in a short time.