Off to visit…

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Jessica Berldin had a court date in Ottawa yesterday (Monday 22 August 2016.  If anyone has news of the outcome, or sees any media coverage, please pass it along.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

Nathan Labbat has a court date in Regina this morning on the new Regina charges.

23 August 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #1, Regina courthouse (1815 Smith St.

I am hoping that some of you from Regina will be able to attend.  There may not be much to hear or see, but I think that surely  there will be some reference made by his lawyer to the charges his client is facing in other jurisdictions?

If anyone attends, or see or hears any media coverage, please pass along the news and/or the link.

As always, please keep the complainants in your prayers/

*****

Well. another mini flood in the basement last week 🙁  Something went amiss with the pressure pump which pumps water up from the well and through the house – water spraying all over creation!  The good news with this is that I was home and happened upon  the disaster before the basement was turned into a swimming pool!  I nearly went out in the morning, thankfully stayed put!!!

So, another disaster zone in the basement, and computer and software gremlins keeping me on the go for hours and days on end.  But, good times too in the midst of it all.  Silver linings 🙂 We celebrated a big anniversary – so very very much to be thankful for 🙂

This morning – in just a few hours in fact – we’re off for a visit with friends and family on the West coast.   I will moderate comments while away but will probably not get much, if any,  posting of articles done.  I ask all of you to please keep each other up to date with links to media of interest,  and to offer support and words of encouragement to those who are going through difficult times.

Enough for now.

Sylvia

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What was he doing at St. Joe’s?

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Things have changed since I last ordered transcripts.  No matter, I finally got it all sorted out and have placed an order for portions of the transcripts of the Father Robyn Gwyn sex abuse trial.  There was testimony which I missed and/or testimony which I want to get verbatim rather than rely on memory.  It will probably take a little while 🙁  But, it’s done 🙂

There are portions of the testimony which I can and will still cover without the transripts.  I am quite certain that I have enough in my notes and memory to do so, so, now that I know where I stand, I will do so 🙂

One thing which has really been playing on my mind is the testimony of Bonnie Henderson, a retired teacher and former teacher of Danny, who told the court that the first time she met Father Gwyn was “about” 15 years ago at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa.  According to Ms. Henderson, Father Gwyn was there “greeting people.”

What in the name of goodness was Father Gywn doing at the Oblate-administered St. Joseph’s in Ottawa?  I wonder if she had her dates right?  Was it actually 2001?  No matter, that’s where Ms. Henderson met Father Gwyn.  Whatever the reason,  he was at St. Joe’s.  And he was greeting people.

If anyone knows what took Father Gwyn to St. Joe’s please let me know. I truly am curious.  (I believe that’s when Father Chris Rushton omi was the Provincial?  )

*****

Hot hot hot days.  And humid.  The air conditioner is straggling to stay on top of things.  Trudy struggling.  I pity and often think of those without air these days.  It must be sheer torture.

Meanwhile Windows Live Mail is no longer supported by Microsoft, so that is causing major headaches with emails from Sylvia’s Site. I’ve been working at it and will eventually have it resolved, – but, oh my… what a nuisance for some who’s as technologically challenged as I!

And encountering other software issues 🙁

Oh joy!!!!

*****

Aside technological  headaches there is lots going on, I am just not in a position to make comment .  Some day, by the grace of God, everything will be out in the public domain!

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Interesting

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There is much to say about Day Three of the Father Robyn Gwyn sex abuse trial in Kingston, Ontario yesterday.  It will take a while.  I am working on it 🙂  For now, a quick mention of the fact that Robyn Gwyn, a late vocation to the priesthood, attended Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., from 1984 until 1987.

There are a number of men with “late vocations” to the priesthood who attend Holy Apostles.  They have some sort of program geared for men with “late vocations.”   But, the seminary also takes in young men pursuing the priesthood, and the college itself is a liberal arts degree-granting college.

But,  here’s an interesting thing.  There are two men on the list of Accused on Sylvia’s Site who attended the college, both were ” late vocations”:

(1)  Father Stephen Amesse

Amesse was ordained in 1999.  His sex abuse trial is scheduled for 19 January 2017

(2)  Father Joe LeClair

Father LeClair was ordained in 1986.  He has been convicted for fraud and theft and spent a year in jail.  More recently, he entered a guilty plea to charges related to impaired driving.

There’s one other priest I know of who attended the seminary, and who was also  a “late vocation:  Father John Corapi. 

Corapi, a priest with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) and once popular Catholic evangelist who had a regular program on  with the EWTN,  was a  ‘late’ vocation to the priesthood.   The last I heard of Corapi was he was leaving the priesthood, and this after  allegations of affairs with women and drug use.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Trial wraps up

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The Father Robyn Gwyn sex abuse trial wrapped up yesterday afternoon.

04 August 2016:  Sexual touching’ is ‘issue’ in trial

Justice Wolfram Tausendfreund will render his verdict 29 September 2016 at 1o am.  The judge ruled that Father Gwyn can now return to Nova Scotia  and does NOT have to return to Kingston for the verdict.  Gwyn lives in the Berwick area of the Annapolis Valley.

I will post my comments on yesterday’s events a little later.  For now, for those who  wondered about Father’s hasty departure from the Kingston Archdiocese in the Spring of 2004, yes, he had been reported.  In fact, the archdiocese had been told by a family member that Father Gwyn had sexually abused a young boy.  ( “Rev. Robin F.Q.J. Gwyn retires as Pastor of the parish of St. Mary, Carleton Place, and is on indefinite leave from active ministry [effective 3 May 2004]). “  It was on the heels of this that Gwyn was assessed by an Ottawa psychiatrist  and  disclosed that he, Gwyn,  had sexually molested a number of boys age 14 to 16.

As always. please keep the complainant in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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A few other bits and pieces

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Day Four of the Father Robyn Gwyn sex abuse trial begins today.  I had to leave early so not sure of start time – I think it may be 09:30 am again to try to make up for lost time.  If not 09:30 am, it will be 10 am.

So

04 August 2016:  09:30 or 10 am, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 5 Court Street, Kingston

And here is Sue Yanagisawa’s coverage from yesterday:

03 August 2016:  ‘I never chose to be here,’ man testifies

Please note the comment I posted at the foot of the article.

And, a few other bits and pieces to pass along:

(1)  Danny tied to commit suicide “many” times.  He mentioned that he tried to hang himself once, and ended up with a broken leg and broken arm.

(2)  Gwyn took Danny to the movies several times.  According to Danny, Gwyn would ‘touch’ him on and off throughout the movie

(3)  When Gwyn bougth Danny a new pair of sweat pants he accompanied the boy into the change room and, while the boy was in his undies,  started ‘touching’ him.

(4)  The reference to Gwyn comparing his penis to the Body of Christ was an incident of oral sex in the garage.  According to Danny,  Gwyn told him it was okay to do that, and that there wouldn’t be any consequences from a Heaven or Hell perspective

(5)  There was a specific incident in the basement where Gwyn stuck his finger in the boy’s rectum (It is with the greatest of difficulty that Danny discloses this and all other testimony related to the specifics about the sexual abuse.  Often there is a prolonged silence before he manged to respond.  Usually his head is down, and often his head is in his hand or hands.   At one point he  literally doubled over and began sobbing. )

(6)  Father Gwyn was ordained in 1988.  The dates and timelines of what happened are still fuzzy, but I’m getting the impression that  Danny was being molested by Gwyn both before and after Gwyn’s ordination?

(7)  When Danny’s mother would head out to do whatever she did when she was on drugs she sometimes left Danny locked in a  closet, and on occasion would tie him to a bed.  He testified that on at least one occasion he was tied  to the bed for three days.

(8)  I believe it was on Tuesday that Dabby testified Gwyn would sometimes ‘dry hump’ him.

(9) The last time Danny exited the witness stand yesterday he strode out – looked directly at Father Gwyn, and said:  “You can go to Hell you F&*%** B&%*S .”  Thankfully [people were able to talk Danny into returning.  Truly the last place Danny wants to be is in that courtroom.

(10) I missed about two hours of testimony yesterday – not sure if cross-examination has wrapped up or not.  I hope and pray that it has.

It’s impossible to cover everything, but  hopefully that will give an idea of what’s being said and happening in the courtroom.  As I said, there is still confusion, at least for me, regarding timelines.  These things often fall into place when other witnesses testify.

Please keep Danny in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Stay strong “Danny”

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Day Two of the Father Robyn Gwyn sex abuse trial is over.  A truly rough day for “Danny.” (due to a publication ban on the name of the complainant I have opted to refer to him as “Danny.”).

I have said before and will say again, I truly wish everyone could sit in the courtroom and hear and see with their own eyes and ears what has happened over the past two days.  Not only that, I wish every single bishop in Canada was obliged to sit through this trial from start to finish.

Wishful thinking I suppose, but I swear to goodness if people truly understood what happens to these children who are sexually abused by a priest they would start to understand why this crime is so terribly abhorrent, the long term  impact impacts ont he child, and would, as Catholics, insist that every priest who has ever laid a wayward hand on a child be defrocked.

As I say, it was a rough day for Danny. Really rough.  He departed the witness stand and walked out of the courtroom twice, but, hats off to him, he came back.  And, hats off to him, he is doing really well on the witness stand. Really well.  I think he was probably well through cross-examination when I had to leave.  I don’t know whether that wrapped up or not.  I hope and pray that it did.

I am about to have a bite to eat: will give details later.

Stay strong Danny.  Stay strong.  You are doing so well.  Just, stay strong.

Until then, please, everyone, keep Danny in your thoughts and prayers.  He needs them.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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A tough time

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Gwyn with brother Hugh R and lawyer L 02 August 2016

Father Robyn Gwyn (centre) leaves Kingston courthouse with his brother (R) and lawyer (L) 02 August 2016

A quick note…

My husband and I made the run to Kingston, Ontario yesterday to take in day one  the Father Robyn Gwyn sex abuse trial.   Please note:  the trial is scheduled for four days.  All being well I will  head down today to catch at least half a day.  It’s a long drive (five hour return) so not sure if I can get there every day or not.  I would like to. We shall see…

First, please keep the complainant in your prayers.  He truly was doing very well testifying – until the afternoon .  Shortly before 3 pm.

When  the examination in chief turned to the specifics of his sex abuse allegations against Gwynn, there were periods of silence .

A tough time.

When “Danny” told the court about the time Gwyn ejaculated in his mouth, the distraught witness almost stumbled from  the witness stand: “I need a break.”

A recess.

The word is that Danny  left the building completely, but eventually returned.  The Crown, defence and judge agreed that it would be best for all to adjourn for the day and pick up early in the morning:  09:30 am.

How I wish our bishops and clergy – and lay Catholics for that matter – could sit in the coatroom to listen and observe what I and a mere handful of others heard and saw in that Kingston courtroom yesterday.  Heartbreaking is putting it mildly.

The boy, I’ve called him “Danny,” unfortunately came from a seriously dysfunctional family.  Father  died in a car accident – drinking and driving – when Danny was a little lad, around seven-years-of age.  There was alcohol and drugs in the home.  Dad was abusive.     The child was allowed to drink, smoke and use drugs when he was just a little tyke.

After his Dad died, the family moved.  Mom, already on drugs,  began to inject.  She became even more abusive than her husband had been.  Danny went to school with a ‘cover-story’ to explain the marks on his body.  There was no food in the house.  His sister sometimes went to the food bank.  Hygiene was non-existent.  He smelled.  He was taunted and made fun of at school.   His days were consumed trying to avoid the other kids.   There were learning disabilities.

And foster homes.  He was taken from his home a number of times.   In and out of foster homes.  He described himself as a difficult placement:  he ran away a  lot.  There was nowhere to go.  Usually he’d run with another of the children from the home.  They’d run the streets.

At some point he began to rob banks.  He was never armed.  He didn’t want to hurt anyone.  There was trouble with the law.  And in and out of jail.

There was one man whom he greatly admired and respected.  A man to whom he turned frequently over the years. He stayed with this man and his wife several times.  Several years ago he told this man that he, Danny, had been sexually abused by a priest.  He didn’t identify Father Gwyn by name.

Two years ago he tried to commit suicide.  He spent about two months in ICU, and then several months seeing a psychiatrist.

Truly truly heart-breaking.

There are still timelines to get sorted out in court, and I’m not 100% sure when Danny first Father Gwyn.  Danny has testified that he played basketball while in elementary school, and that Father Gwyn used to be there during practises.  He doesn’t know why Gwyn was there, but, for whatever reason, he was there.

Danny talked about being a ‘kid’ who was starved for attention guidance and direction.:  “I was lost.”

We heard that Gwyn used to take Danny skating, and to movies.   We heard about the priest’s silver truck with the pistachio shells in the ashtray.   And we heard of his wonder at the pile of Loonies in the bowl in Father Gwyn’s bedroom.  (Loonies had just been minted.  Danny thought there was a lot of money there.  He realizes now that it probably wasn’t that much, but at the time, well, he thought it was a lot. ) We heard about Father’s liquor cabinet with “higher end” liquor,  and the wine cellar in the basement.

We heard that Danny stayed at the rectory several times.  And, we heard that Father Gwyn frequently talked to the boy about sex and masturbation.  Danny recalls being told about impure thoughts, and had to ask what “impure” meant.  He recalled that he asked Father Gwyn if they would go to Hell for what they were doing, and the priest assured Danny that as along as Danny was doing things with Father Gwyn it was okay.

Father Robyn Gwyn, who pleaed ‘not guilty’ to all charges,  was in court with his brother Hugh.  The pair left the parking lot in a  small red Honda with Quebec license plates.

Danny will continue his testimony today.  Please pray for him.

A final note:  The courtroom was virtually empty.

And, a final final note.  There was a slight delay yesterday morning.  The diocese was supposed to disclose a series of documents to the Crown, however, when the Crown received the documents a number which he had anticipated seeing were absent.  The documents were turned over to the Crown about 10 minutes before court started.  The judge allowed both the Crown and defence 30 minutes to read over the documents.

A reminder.  The trial continues this morning:

03 August 2016: 09:30 am, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 5 Court Street, Kingston

Enough for now.

Sylvia

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Trial tomorrow

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A reminder that one of Father Robyn Gwyn‘s sex abuse trials is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 02 February 2016)

02 August 2016:  10 am, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 5 Court Street, Kingston

Father Gwyn, a priest with the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario, was charged September 2014.

At the time charges were laid Gwyn was living in Berwick, Nova Scotia:  he disappeared from st. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Carleton Place  May 2004 on what was described as an “indefinite leave from active ministry.”

I encourage those who can do so to attend.  Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

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As mentioned elsewhere, I am attempting to find out what happened to the charges against Father Roger Pronovost.  Father Pronovost was charged February 2014 with two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual exploitation.  The charges date to 1987-1989 when the male complainant was a teenager.  He is a priest with the Diocese of Hearst Ontario.

According to Teresa Duffus, the charges have been dropped.    I am trying to find out what happened here:  there doesn’t seem to be any media coverage at all.  So, I do have a call in – today is a holiday here in Canada so there will be no news until at least tomorrow or Wednesday.  When I hear anything I will let you know, meanwhile, if anyone can give us any further information please do.

*****

Today, Monday 01 August 2016 is a holiday for most Canadians.  Enjoy the day 🙂 Enough for now,

Sylvia

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A wonderful and lengthy chat

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Well, I just had a wonderful and lengthy chat with Geraldine Mahoney, a lovely and brave lady, nurse and loyal wife who was married to former Ontario Provincial Police Officer  Patrick Maloney. Pat died in 2008.

As you will see when clicking on the link below, Pat was sexually abused as a young boy by Father Henry Maloney.  I believe what Geraldine has to say speaks for itself:

July 2016:  A brave wife speaks out: Former OPP officer endured childhood sexual abuse at hands of Father Henry Maloney

Yes, Pat, like most if not all victims, was tormented by the abuse, and, yes, he had his rough times, but Geraldine loved him dearly and stood by him to the end.   Pat died January 2008 at the age of 54,  only eleven short months after he was diagnosed with cancer.

As you see, Pat began to tell  Geraldine about the abuse while they were dating.  He told her more over the first three years of their marriage.   They talked about it from time to time throughout the 30 plus years of their marriage, but, Pat never wanted to report it, and when Geraldine tried to urge him to do so, he would reply: “No, leave it be. The old bastard will get his when he dies.”  She now ponders if she should have perhaps pressed harder.  She just doesn’t know.

Note that Geraldine talks about a very young Pat driving Father Henry about .  I specifically checked on that.  Yes, according to Geraldine, the boy indeed  did drive the priest around, most trips averaging about an hour each way, – and, yes, the boy was behind the wheel chauffeuring the priest about at the tender age of 12, the abuse began the same year.

As we talked I realized that Geraldine has no doubt that there are victims of Father Maloney out there, each haunted by the abuse, tormented by the memories and battling a shame which rightly belongs to Maloney and his enablers.   From what I hear via other grapevines, she is probably right. Keep them in your prayers.

By the way, for those who wonder, the sexual abuse of Pat Mahoney preceded that of Mike Fitzgerald.  And, yes, for those who wonder, Geraldine has been in contact with Mike Fitzgerald.  As soon as she read that Mike had been sexually abused by Father Maloney Geraldine wanted to talk to him.  I believe that contact has meant a lot to both of them.

So, Thank you Geraldine for sharing a little part of  a life which was tinged with pain and difficult times, but, as I learned so well in talking to you, marked by your deep love for Pat.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

In closing I want to let readers know that during his hospitalization  Pat, who, like most victims of clerical sexual abuse had little to do with the Church,  received Holy Communion regularly and was visited by a priest several times.

I pray that Pat’s dear soul, through the mercy of God,  is now at peace.

On that note, I close off as I always do, with

Enough for now.

Sylvia

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Sentencing hearing for former Tecumseh pastor

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The sentencing hearing for Father Robert Couture is this morning at 10 am:

  Thursday 28 July 2016: 10 am,  sentencing hearing, Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue), Windsor, Ontario

Finally!   Sentencing.  It’s taken a while.

On 10 December 2015  Father Couture was convicted by a jury for theft over $5,000.   Between 2002 and 2010 the Diocese of London, Ontario priest  stole between $180,000 and $234,000 from St. Anne’s Parish in Tecumseh, Ontario.

Couture, ordained in 1988, took a leave of absence in 2010 to attain a B.Ed at Ottawa U.  At the time of his arrest he had been doing substitute teaching in French Catholic schools – was teaching a grade 4/5 class at ecole St. Paul in Stony Point, Ontario since November 2012.

I just checked. Robert Gerard Couture is still a teacher in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers.  Here is a screen shot taken moments ago (click to enlarge):

Couture Ontario College of Teachers 28 July 2016 still teacher in good standing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, this morning is a  sentencing hearing.  Usually both sides present their case at a sentencing hearing as to how much time  should or should not be served,  what risk he is to re-offend, and defence usually has a cache of letters from those who think their client is an exemplary human being, and sometimes defence will call character witnesses to take the stand to testify to the latter.

Sometimes a judge will pronounce sentence on the same day as the sentencing hearing- most will set a date to sentence.

I do hope there will be people in attendance to hear and see what happens.

Please pass on any and all news and links to media coverage.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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