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The following document has been posted.  I was doing a bit of a commentary to connect a few of the dots – it’s taking longer than I thought so for now will simply post the document so that those who wish to do so can read it.

10 February 2015:  Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation for the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie v. AXA Insurance (2015 ONSC 838)  (The Sault Ste Maire Diocese is ordered “to produce for examination for discovery” Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe to answer questions concerning Canon Law,  the policies and practices of the Diocese and the operation and oversight of the Diocese.  There is considerable and disturbing mention in the decision of facts related to one of the diocese’s infamous and recently deceased sexual predators, Father John Sullivan.  The legal action however relates to 16 sexual claims against diocesan priests.  The diocese was arguing that it is insured.  AXA insurance was arguing that it is entitled in law to deny coverage on the basis of material misrepresentation, material non-disclosure and bad faith.  The position taken by the defendant is that the policy is void ab initio.)

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Oblate fugitives and enablers

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In keeping with catch-ups on a back-log of information which needs to be added to Sylvia’s Site I have posted the following information regarding French-born Oblate molester Father Joannes Rivoire omi:

28 April 2016:  ‘They’ knew, and recycled him to France

So, ‘they’ knew in 1992, or, at least they had reports in 1992.  And, as you see, first Father Rivoire was shipped off to join his Oblate brethren in Winnipeg, Manitoba, then an “investigation” in Arviat, and then, lo and behold, Rivoire was back to France, his native land, on the pretext it seems of visiting his aged and ailing mother.   He never came back.

Thank you Karen, for shedding more light on the sex abuse scandals and cover-ups perpetrated by Oblates in the North. Thank you!

Now, back to the Father Rivoire saga…

The Bishop of Churchill at the time would have been Reynald Rouleau, also an Oblate.  I don’t at this time know who the priest was who conducted the interviews in Arviat.  I shall try to find out.

Marius Tungilik

I spoke to and communicated with Marius Tungilik .   Marius talked about his abuse at the hands of Father Rivoire.  It was Marius Marius and another person from Arviat who went to police and and charges were laid.  He believed that was in 1993.

From one of Marius’ emails:

This priest lived in Repulse Bay where I am originally from.  We only really knew him as Fr Rivoire or as we called him in Inuktitut Ataata Rivoire.  I think he used to introduce himself to newcomers as as either Fr Jean or John Rivoire, so I never really knew him as Joannis.  He was one of the parish priests, Co-op Manager and sometimes worked at the Health Clinic.  Since my parents were devote Catholics and had a long association with prior priests, my parents were close to him.  I worked for him as a Co-op employee when I turned 14.  When he lived in Repulse Bay, there were about 300 people.  He had taken advantage of me when I was about 13 or 14  but I did not tell anyone.

In any case, I moved to Yellowknife at a young age and lived in many places in Canada and abroad and quickly rose through the ranks.

I was a senior government official in 1992 when I made a presentation to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in Rankin Inlet regarding the legacy of abuse in residential schools.  I did not mention names but I made it clear that sexual abuse had occurred.  I then organized a reunion of our school in Chesterfield Inlet which took place the following July to deal specifically with abuse and healing.

In 1993 at the reunion, I was informed by one of his other victims that Fr Rivoire had left his parish in Arviat with just a suitcase or the clothes on his back and did not return.  I asked the bishop about it and he did not give a reply, though I had been working closely with him because of the issues.

Then, unfortunately, in or around 2000 Marius was contacted by “the Justice Department” and was told that “since Fr Rivoire was living in Belgium and because they were no extradition treaties with Belgium, they were going to drop the case against him.  I was frustrated but felt helpless.”

Rivoire was NOT, however, living in Belgium.  He was in France!  Why Marius was told that Rivoire was in Belgium is a puzzzler?  Perhaps Marius misunderstood?  I queried him on that, but he was adamant that he had been told Rivoire was in Belgium.  Perhaps the Oblates told police Rivoire was in Belgium?

Amway, the bottom line is that Father Rivoire was in France.

Marius tried to dig up the files at the courthouse.  He searched and searched.  In vain.  He knew that somewhere there had to be a record of those charges which were laid back in 1993.  He wanted to know what happened.   He checked at the Nunavut courthouse.  He searched at the Yellowknife courthouse. He had people searching on his behalf.     No luck.  He was frustrated.  Terribly frustrated.  Did I believe that Marius had been sexually abused by Father Rivoire?  Absolutely.  I heard it in his voice – in every word he said when he talked about Rivoire.

Marius died 22 December 2012.  At that time Father Rivoire’s name was not on the Accused list.  As soon as I heard the sad and unwelcome news, I added the name of Father Johannes Rivoire to the list – for Marius.

Strangely enough, in 2013, nearly one full year after Marius’s death,  we learned that the RCMP still have an active arrest warrant on Rivoire for child sex abuse charges .  If Rivoire were to return to Canada, he would be arrested.

Is the warrant related to Marius’s charges?  That I don’t know.  It  is apparently dated 1998.  But, how unfortunate that Marius went to his grave not knowing that his molester was in fact a wanted man, and that indeed Rivoire  was  facing criminal charges.  It would, I believe, have gone a long way to easing the pain which Marius  suffered and soothed his  troubled soul.  Sadly, it was not to be.

May he rest in peace.

Some background –

Like convicted now-defrocked-serial-Oblate-molester Eric Dejaeger , Rivoire served as a priest throughout Nunavut (formerly the North West Territories)

We know that Dejaeger molested countless children during his years in Igloolik.

What about Rivoire?  How many dear little children did Father Joannes Rivoire accost?   How many souls were literally  raped by this ‘man of God.’  I fear there are many.

Yes, unless things have changed in the past three years, there is a warrant out for his arrest since 1998, but there is no sign nor hint that Rivoire will ever be extradited.  Yes, I have no doubt that the process is expensive, but, ..what about the children?

Truth be told, there should be and never should have been a need to go the extradition route.  Think about it.  Why are the Oblates, both here and in France, not doing the honourable thing?  Why have  Father Rivoire’s superiors not  ordered him – yes, ordered him, under his Oblate vow of obedience – to pack his bag and get himself back to Canada to face his accusers?  Why, for that matter,  did the Oblates allow him to flee Canada in the first place?

I don’t understand.

And, look at this..

After news of the warrant broke, Father Rivoire was contacted by Bob Weber of the Canadian Press.   Rivoire, believe it or not,  said he didn’t know if he was willing to  return to Canada to face the charges against him.   In fact, he didn’t want to talk about the matter.  “I am not willing,”  he said, adding “I am old. I am sick.”  Then, he hung up the phone.

Where oh where are the Oblate superiors in all of this?  Why did they  not insist this fugitive do the right and honourable thing long ago ?  Why do they not give a hoot about the pursuit of justice?  Why do they not give a hoot about the pursuit of truth?  Why, of why, do they not care enough about the tormented victims to order Father Rivoire back to face his accusers?

Oblate fugitives and enablers

Without going into too much detail, a few comments about the Oblates’ dealings with fugitives Fathers Eric Dejaeger and Joannes Rivoire and their enablers

 1990  In 1990, after a guilty plea, Dejaeger was sentenced to five years in jail.  Less than a year later, and after a bit of plea bargaining away of charges, another guilty plea.

1992:  By March 1992 Father Eric Dejaeger was out on full parole.

1993:   January 1993 new charges were filed against Father Eric Dejaeger

Somewhere during this 1993 time frame, (a)  Marius and at least one other Father Rivoire victim went to police to report sex abuse at the hands of Father Rivoire,  (b) Karen contacted the Bishop of Church-Hudson Bay regarding the information she had attained about Rivoire as a sexual abuser, and (c) an as yet unidentified priest arrived in Arviat to ‘investigate’ the allegations against Father Rivoire

For reasons unknown the new charges filed against Dejaeger in January 1993 went by the bye.  A trial scheduled for early July  was cancelled.  In an October 1993 letter to Father A, Piche, the Oblate Provincial Superior in Winnipeg, lawyer John Schofield advised that “We think it is highly unlikely that they will proceed with any further charges at any time.”

And, at some point in that year, Father Rivoire was gone!  The word was that he had returned to France to visit his aged and ailing mother.  He never returned.  Marius was told in 200 that Rivoire was in Belgium.  Was that a ruse to mislead detectives?  or did he in fact head first for Belgium to visit a few of the Belgian Oblates and from there return to his native France?  Barring disclosure of documents or an inquiry, we may never know.  No matter, wherever he headed, the Oblates must have paid his airfare.  Oblates have vows of poverty – it s highly unlikely that Rivoire headed for Europe without assistance from his order.  And, yes, of course, several of the Oblates knew very well that Father Rivoire had been molesting.  Certainly Bishop Roleau knew.  As did the priest who travelled to Arviat to conduct those interviews.

1995:  In February 1995 Father Eric Dejaeger was charged, yet again!   A trial date had been set for July.

In June, Dejaeger fled the country for his native Belgium.  A warrant was issued for his arrest.  On 05 July “J.P.” sent Dejaeger a letter advising that RCMP were looking for him (Dejaeger) and that he, J.P.  told them Dejaeger was in Belgium but that he did not know where! J.P. is Father Father Jean-Paul Isabelle omi.  ( Of interest is the fact that Father Isabelle was living at the Oblate residence in Winnipeg in 1993 and would without doubt have, at the very least, been aware of the sex abuse allegations against Father Rivoire. What role, if any, he may have played in getting Rivoire out of the country to avoid police and possible prosecution at that time is unknown.)

By 1995 Father Rivoire was, of course, long gone and nestled away safely in Europe.  If not immediately, at some point he was residing at Notre Dame des Lumieres. It’s a facility owned by the Oblates and used as a retreat and hotel in the village of Goult in southeastern France. At some time and for an unknown period of time, Golt was treasurer.

But, back to Dejeager.  Despite the fact that  Oblates on both sides of the Atlantic knew that Dejaeger was both a convicted molester and a fugitive from justice, he  remained at large, foot-loose-and-fancy-free, until he was tracked down in 2010, deported in 2011, and tried and convicted in Nunavut in 2014.

Yes, good news.  He was tracked down.  He could run, but, thanks to the wonders of  internet, he could no longer hide!  However, sad to say, the Oblates did not, to my knowledge, play any role whatsoever in getting Dejaeger back to Canada to face his many accusers.  Not even a teensy role.  To the contrary.  I would say, in fact, that they were in fact- both in Belgium and Canada –  his enablers.  For years they remained silent, allowing a known serial molester to freely  prey on children in his native land: ditto in Lourdes, where, from approximately early 1997 to mid 200o,  believe it or not,  he was permitted to spend time ministering to pilgrims at the shrine and hearing confessions.  Why anyone would have given this predator  faculties to hear confessions and ‘say’ Masses is beyond me, but, someone did .  And the Oblates were fine with that.  Not a whisper from them.

Thanks to media coverage, investigative journalists and the internet we have managed to piece together a large part of the Oblate cover-up related to Dejaeger.  There is, as yet, no such paper trail on Rivoire.  Thanks to Karen, however, we know that he was reported to Church officials in the early 90s.  And, we know from elsewhere that charges were  laid< This is still a little fuzzy, but they were probably laid in 1993,  and  a warrant was issued in 1998.  Why the arrest warrant was not  issued until 1998 I have no idea, unless of course there was another set of charges? Anyway, the bottom line here is that that the Oblates probably did about as much to get this fugitive back to face his accusers  as they did with Dejaeger:  nothing!  Were it not for the example of the manner in which they handled Dejaeger we could perhaps give the benefit of the doubt to Rivoire’s Oblate superiors.  We could assume that they tried to get him back and so on and so forth.  But, well, we do have the example of Dejaeger.  And that was around the same time.  And the people in charge, at least in Canada, would have either been the same, or would have had a say in the handling of the scandal about to erupt.

Silence!

And, yes, the next bottom line is that, there’s no other way to say it:  Father Rivoire ‘got away with it.’  He did.  He got away with it.  Thanks to those who protected and enabled him, he got away with it.

I am sure there are many Rivoire victims out there suffering in silence, while their abuser – supposedly a man of God – concerns himself with being  “old” and “sick.”   Has he, I wonder, so much as said a prayer for the repose of Mario’s soul?  Have his enablers?  I hope so.  I do hope and pray there is much decency left in their being.

Thank you again Karen for giving us this important information.

Please keep the victims of both Father Rivoire and Eric Dejaeger  in your prayers.

Enough for now.

Sylvia

PS

Just for the record:

(1)   Father Rivoire served in Igloolik  from 1960 to 1965.  Father Eric Dejaeger served in Igloolik from 1978-1981.  I have forgotten how many Igloolik  victims of Dejaeger came forward.  There were many.

(2)  Father Eric Dejaeger left  Baker Lake just prior to facing his first set of sex abuse charges (1989).  For a spell the community was without a priest. The priest who eventually arrived to ‘say’ Mass for the 100 or so Catholics in small community was, yes, Father Rivoire.

 

 

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What a brave brave little boy!

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There are lots of things to catch up on.  Things you should know.  There are several things on my list which I have been wanting to get posted with over the past few weeks.  This is the first on the list.  Here we go…

Regarding Father Leo Campbell (Baslian priest, now deceased.  There are multiple allegations of sex abuse against this priest)   ….

A few weeks ago I had contact from a man who attended the Columbus Boy’s Camp in Orillia, Ontario .  As some of you may recall, several years ago I did some research on the camp, and, knowing that definitely Father Leo Campbell and possibly some other Basilian molesters assisted at the camp, expressed concerns that time at the camp may not have been a ‘joyful’ experience for every needy little boy who attended.

Well, “Brent” (not his real name) was one of those little boys.  Brent, thankfully, was not molested.  But that little boy, at a summer camp for needy children,  knew of other boys who were.  And, he – that brave brave little boy – decided he was going to make it stop, and to make it stop the only way a little 11-year-old boy knew how. He would stab him.

Brent’s plan was to stab Father Campbell in the neck with a knife. That’s the way the child thought.  No, of course, it wasn’t at all the answer, and it was not the right thing to do, and thank goodness for his sake he did not succeed, but that’s what this little 11-year-old boy saw as a solution.

Brent doesn’t want his identity revealed.  For various reasons which I won’t get into and which are irrelevant to this saga he is ashamed of the whole incident, but he gave me permission to pass his account of what happened along.

Here are a few excerpts from Brent’s account of his weekend at Camp Columbus

“I grew up poor in Ontario housing and in the summers me and my brother went to camp in Orrillia . Leo Campbell the scum bag was the leader there and yes he was hurting the kids. “

He also tells me that a good friend of his saw Campbell “getting a blowjob from another kid” and that Campbell ” tried to massage my friend but he ran away.”

“I also remember that if you got in trouble they took you to his room and he would spank you”

” …my brother had seen him [Father Campbell] fondling a boy on movie night so the next day I as an 11 year old got a knife and was going to stab him in the neck but was stopped by a counsellor.”  The stabbing attempt took place during Mass.   Brent’s and his brother were packed up and sent home.

And, finally,  this,

” So yes Sylvia the scumbag was hurting children at the camp, you are on the right track.  I have never been to a church since and never will again as they protect these people . Please do not post my name as I am ashamed.”

All I can say is  to repeat what I said above, and to Brent:  What a brave brave little boy!

No one knew?  Really?  No one knew????

Please keep “Bent” in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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New trial date to be set

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The latest in courtdates

(1)  Donald Grecco (St. Catharine’s Diocese, Ontario)

Ex priest and previously convicted child molester Donald Grecco has a court date this morning in St. Catharine’s Ontario:

26 April 2016:  09:00 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #2, Robert S. K. Welch St Catharine’s courthouse, St. Catharine’s, Ontario (59 Church St.)

Please keep the complainants and their families in your prayers.

(2) Father Gary Hoskins (Diocese Saint George’s, Newfoundland – now Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador)

Yesterday I posted a query regarding the sex abuse trial of previously convicted molester turned social worker Father Gary Hoskins.  Well, somewhere along the line I missed a couple of important developments (1) the trial date had been set for 12 May, and (2) the Crown is now arguing to present similar fact evidence from the previous trial – the 12 May 2016 court-date has now been set aside for the the Crown to present here arguments (and no doubt defence to argue against).  I have been told that a new trial date will also be set on this date.

Here is an article I found online explaining what’s happening:

07 April 2016:  Crown application in Hoskins sex trial postponed for a month

So, the next court date for Father Gary Hoskins is:

12 May 2016: 10 am, Crown to argue to present similar fact evidence, Corner Brook Superior Court (81 Mt. Bernard Avenue.)   A new trial date will be set at this time.

This is good occasion for me to remind  you all to send me or post links to media coverage, and/or news regarding court dates.  I honestly would rather receive a raft of links to the same article  than miss a court date.

Please keep the complainant and his family in your prayers.

(3)  Father Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario)

A little while ago I mentioned that there is an 09 May 2016 pre-trial for Father Stephen Amesse. I am quite certain that this is NOT open to the public, but placed a call with another department in the courthouse to find out.

Answering machine!  I left a message.  No call back.  Unfortunately that happens from time to time.  Oh my how I hate  winding up with those darn answering machines 🙁  Anyway,  I shall try again today 🙂

Yes, for those who have asked, I was under the weather for quite a little a while there 🙁  Thanks I believe  to the kind prayers of those who knew, and a  good doctor and a raft of pills, I am feeling 100% better now 🙂  But, as I am,  and without doubt you are,  finding, it takes time to get back on top of things.  Slowly but surely.  Not as quickly as I would like, but, – getting there.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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What’s happening in Corner Brook?

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Did the sex abuse trial of previously convicted molester turned ‘social worker’ Father Gary Hoskins trial get under way in Corner Brook, Newfoundland yesterday?  I checked for media coverage.  The Western Star in Corner Brook is pretty good for covering trials such as this – I see nothing.  Ditto NTV.  Am I missing it? or, is it just not there because it’s just not happening?

There was an  application related to trial on 06 April 2016 at the Corner Brook Superior Court.  Has the trial been postponed?  I hope and pray that is not the case and that I have simply somehow managed to overlook the articles.

I will call today to try to find out what is happening.  If you know anything about the status of the trial please post a comment or contact me.

And, yes, please do keep the complainant and his family in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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What’s this all about?

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I am in the process of adding a new page to the Accused list: Father Ashok Mascarenhas sac.  The sca means he is a Pallottine Father – a member of a religious order of priests known as the Pallottins  (also Pallottines – also known as the Society of the Catholic Apostolate.

At this point I have no idea what sort of trouble Father Mascarenhas got himself into aside the fact he was reported to RCMP, an RCMP investigation was conducted, charges were not laid, and Father had now been shipped back to his native India.  According to an archdiocesan press release, despite the fact that charges were not laid “… the Archbishop has determined that there was not full adherence to the code of ministerial conduct expected of all ministers of the Gospel, ” and, for that reason “ the decision to remove Fr. Ashok from priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Edmonton remains in effect. He has returned to his native India, where he is under the care of his religious community.”

The RCMP is not revealing the nature of the investigation “for the protection of victims and so on.”   The officer, according to reports, did say that not all allegations were substantiated,  and that actions which were “inappropriate in nature ” were taken by Mascarenhas, but the officer seemed to rule out the actions as being “sex crimes,” but said they were “leaning on the borders.”

According to a spokesperson for the archdiocese the matter ” certainly does not involve a criminal offence.” The spokesperson refused to comment further on the nature of the abuse and whether was any risk to  parishioners.

Does anyone know any more about this strange strange sequence of events?

I shall do a little more hunting for info.  If you find anything please post or send it along to me.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

 

 

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Posting and keeping track of comments improvements

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I am in the process of trying to make some much needed improvements for all of you when you post a comment, both (1) to give you more flexibility in controlling  how your comment appears once it posts, and, (2) perhaps more important,  to allow you to keep tabs on comments on a particular thread and/or replies to yours.

I have just tested the set-up, and, much to my delight, both additions are operative and  seem to be fully functional 🙂

And so, a quick note on each:

(1)  Posting a comment

A WordPress “plugin” has been added which will allow you to Bold, Italicize, link or put text in quotes when you post a comment.  To use the latter, first highlight the text and then click on the “quote” button and, voila, that portion of your text will appear in italics.  It’s very user friendly.

I was concerned that the five-minute period grace might be negatively affected with this addition, but it is fine:   You still have that five minutes of grace after you hit “submit”  to make changes or corrections 🙂

(2)  Subscribe to comments

I always feel badly when someone posts a reply to a comment which posted months, or even years ago.  Sometimes I try to contact the individual who posted the original comment, but sometimes I just do not have the time to do so and therefore kind words, contact from  an old friend and/or important information may be missed.  This should solve that problem.

As I said before, this will allow you to keep tabs on comments on a particular thread,  or just tabs on any comment which is posted in response to yours.  I have done this in the hopes it will , for example, help those who are awaiting news of a particular court-date, and/or those who want to keep tabs on comments posted on the thread of any person on the Accused list.  This, I do believe, will make life easier for all.

Here’s how it works:

(1)  At the foot of every article or page and below every comment posted there is. or should be,  a  “Leave a Reply” button above a screen in which to post a comment.

It’s a little different when you are on the “Home” page of Sylvia’s Site where I post my blogs.  You are on the Home page right now.  There is no “Leave a Reply” button and no screen visible.  However, when you scroll down to the foot the blog you will find the following link:  “Leave a comment.”  When you click on that “Leave a comment” link the “Leave a reply” message and screen appear 🙂

Now, when you have that  that “Leave a reply” message and screen in front of you, look below the screen, and then beneath  the “Post Comment,” and you’ll see text which reads:  “You can manage the subscriptions of this post.”

(2) Click on the “manage the subscriptions ” link.  After doing so you will receive an email with a link to a page which will allow you to mange your subscriptions for that particular thread, or page.  As you see, you can request notification for all comments which are posted on that thread, or only for those in reply to yours, and so on.  You also have the option to cancel that particular notification.  And, that’s it.  Time to wait.

(3)  When someone posts a  a reply to your comment, you will receive an email advising that “There is a new comment to [the thread or comment you ‘subscribed to]  followed by a link to the comment.

Or, if you have opted to be notified when all comments are posted, you will get emails advising the same

(4)  I am quite certain there is no need to actually post a comment in order to ‘subscribe.’   It is hard for me to test that.  Please try it out and let me know.  If it works as it should  you can go to whatever thread or page or blog or whatever that you wish to follow and subscribe to that thread.  And, when someone posts a comment on that thread, you will receive an email alert.

The option to subscribe is available whether you post a comment or not.

(5)  Please feel free to test, on your own and in exchanges with each other.

As an aside, I am also about to add a plugin which will allow me to respond to comments with more ease.  If that works as it is touted to, it will make life much easier for me and hopefully will allow me to respond more readily.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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The apology was obtained by coercion??!!

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Well, my of my! Look at this.  The sex abuse scandal keeps nipping away at the heels of the Brothers of Christian Instruction et al at the St. Mary’s International School in Japan:

20 April 2016:  “Japan Catholic school sex-abuse victims demand to be heard” & related articles

The article has been picked up by news outlets around the globe.  That means countless more eyes and ears to hear, and hopefully a few more mouths to speak 🙂

Good news indeed.

First it was Simon Scott and several articles in the Japan Times.  Now Yuri Kageyama with Associated Press.

Wonderful!  Well done both of you.

A few quotes taken from the article, in no particular order, with comment

(1) “In October 2014, St. Mary’s set up an investigative panel to look into sex abuse at the school. Their findings are not ready, and the head of the panel declined to comment.”

It sounds as though the Kagei’s hand-picked panel which was struck to conduct a  supposedly independent   “investigation” has wrapped up and the supposedly independent and impartial  “experts” are perhaps working on their report?  I wonder?

I made my thoughts on the panel of “experts” known back in November 2014:

BLOG  Making the problem go away commentary on the Saburo Kagei letter of 18 November 2014

And then, this, with mention of both Conrad Lord and the lawyer heading the inquiry  in the same blog;

19 August 2015: BLOG Rife with secrecy and conflict of interest

Unfortunately I don’t expect the panel to shone the light of truth on much of anything.  I would dearly love to be proven wrong!

We shall see…

(2) “The Archdiocese of Tokyo declined to comment, saying St. Mary’s is handling the matter.

The archdiocese was part of the problem at the beginning.  I still have a small report to write up on that.  I promised it ages ago.  A first-hand account of the victims’s mother visit to the archbishop of the day.  That was after she found out her some had been sodomised.  She is quite a lady!

(3)  “Conrad Lord, a lawyer for The Brothers of Christian Instruction, which runs St. Mary’s, said Lambert’s apology had been obtained by ‘coercion,’ and that both Brothers were wrongfully accused, but declined to comment further.”

Some of you may recall that Conrad Lord is, in fact, a Canadian, in Quebec, in the Montreal area .   In fact, unless he has changed his offices, he is in Broissard, Quebec, which is right beside LaPrairie Quebec.  LaPrairie. is the ‘motherhouse’ for the Canadian branch of the Brothers.

And now, take a look at what Mr. Lord has to say.  The apology was obtained by ‘coercion!

What a despicable thing to say.  There is documented evidence that that child was sexually abused.  Look at this.  I wrote and posted this on10 November 2013:   Trouble at the Embassy.  It’s a statement signed by victim’s mother recalling events which transpired after her son was sodomised by Brother Lawrence.

Perhaps a little chit chat with Brother Paradis would be in order.  The last known whereabouts of Brother Paradis, who was Headmaster at the time, was the mother house – yes, in LaPrairie.  The last I heard he was alert and cognizant.  He knows what happened. He knows. He was alive when this dirty scandal and cover-up was spewing into the pubic domain  and when Conrad Lord first entered the picture.

(4) “Though the victim said his family made St. Mary’s aware of the attack in 1965, Saburo Kagei, who has headed the school since 2013, said he had been unaware of them.”

That’s how cover-ups work, is it not?

(5) “No lawsuits have been filed over any of the allegations.”

The statute of limitations is a problem, as is geography.

(6)  “The AP found the second brother the former student accuses of rape, at a Japanese school in Yokohama where he continues to teach. He declined to comment.”

That’s Brother Marcel Villemure fic (Brother Claude Villemure).

It’s interesting that he declined to comment.  I suppose he and the others have been instructed to do so by Conrad Lord?

(7)  “Decades later, he learned that Lambert returned to St. Mary’s, serving as principal of its elementary school from 1982 until retiring in 2011. After that, he lived at a brothers’ residence in Japan.”

That says it all, doesn’t it?

That truly is…

Enough for now.

Sylvia

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The Children

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Please note, a picture of two darling little girls , Donna and Karen, has been posted on The Children‘s page.

Picture of Donna and Karen added to The Children

Donna and Karen are sisters.  Both girls were sexually abused in the late 60s  by then Father Paul Blancard.

Sisters.  Just two innocent carefree and very young girls.

Police have been contacted.

Please keep Donna and Karen in your prayers.

*****

On 05 April I made comment on the funeral of convicted molester Father John Sullivan.

05 April 2016:  BLOG Yes, they knew

I have since been contacted by an individual who tells me that people at the funeral did NOT know that Father Sullivan was a molester, were in fact shocked to find out, and were upset by my comments.

Yes, a good reminder for me.  Of course there could be people out there who have not the slightest inkling that Father Sullivan was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a threat to children and a disgrace to the priesthood.  That’s the way recycling and cover-ups work is it not?

Perhaps because there were only a handful of people there  I thought the only people at the funeral would be family members. I was mistaken.  I apologize to you unfortunate souls who have just discovered that Father Sullivan was in fact a serial and convicted molester.  You were betrayed.

I  had been waiting for further news before making further comment, however, it does seem to be taking time so will carry on and post this, with the hope that those who know more about Father’s years in Montreal will contact me.

I did find out that during his years in Montreal Father Sullivan sometimes offered or assisted at Masses.  I could be mistaken, but would guess that in that case he also heard confessions from time to time, particularly during Christmas and Easter.

Anyone who can provide further info please post a comment or contact me.

*****

And another picture added to The Children‘s page, that of Hubert Croteau.

Hubert was just a little lad when he landed in St. Patrick’s orphanage in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  He was there for a very short time, but unfortunately for the child, long enough to be sexually abused by Brother Arthur Van Hecke omi.  There is a long and quite amazing story behind posting this picture and explaining the current lack of a page with further information on Van Hecke.  For now, I shall post the picture of that handsome young boy, and with it, the name of Brother Arthur Van Hecke.

Please keep Hubert in your prayers.

*****

With the posting of those pictures I am reminded of their import.  I encourage those of you where sexually abused in or out of Canada by a Canadian priest or religious (brother or nun) to send a picture.   I have made comment on the Children page  asking that you include your age in the photo, how you would like to be identified, and if desired, the name of your molester.

Please take an hour or two to dig through your photo albums or treasured boxes of pictures and see what you can find.

*****

Here is the latest news re the Mount Cashel scandal from the civil trial in St. John’s Newfoundland:

20- April 2016:  Confession sacred, but priests had other options to act on reported abuse at Mount Cashel  

19 April 2016:  Archbishop’s role includes safeguarding people in diocese: canon law expert  

Court has recessed until June 06.  The date has been added the date to the Legal Calendar.

Please, those of you who live in or nearby St. John’s,  mark your calendars and try to attend.

Please keep the many victims of the Christian Brothers and from Mount Cashel in your prayers.

*****

By way of interest, in the past I had heard that Father Robert Papi   was at Madonna House in Combomere Ontario (Ottawa Valley) after his 1992 conviction with sentence for the sex abuse of two boys being, believe it or not, a conditional sentence. I I didn’t post the information because the info came  to me more as a rumour than fact.

Well, I have now been told that Father Papi did indeed spend at least a good part of 1992-1993 at Madonna House, and that guests who were living at Madonna House at the time were not informed that Papi was a molester.

If anyone can tell us any more about Father Papi’s time at Madonna House please post a comment or contact me.

*****

I’m not sure exactly what happened here, but is looks to be a legal mess:

18 April 2016:  Legal misstep lets Catholic Church off hook for residential schools compensation

Will the various Catholic entities involved now dance on the head of a legal pin to shirk their legal responsibility?  I pray not, but, we shall see….

*****

A few weeks ago a WordPress upgrade meant the exclusion of my ability to allow comments on all articles posted.  Previously I had the ability to ensure that all articles posted would automatically allow comments to be posted.  That was what I wanted -and it was nice that I didn’t have do a thing to make it happen.  Sometimes there were glitches, but, on the whole it worked like a charm

The upgrade means that now I must remember specifically to check off a little box permitting comments 🙁  I am working hard to remember to do so, but as I worked this morning realized that I have a long way to go on this little learning curve 🙁  So, please, if you come across an article which does not permit comments and you would like to comment, let me know.  The only way I can fix it is if you let me know.

*****

News from Japan.  I will get this information posted now and then move on to that..

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Such perseverance

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There are several new postings of interest:

(1)  Mount Cashel

Updates on the civil trial currently under way in St. John’s Newfoundland.  The court battle continues to hold the Archdiocese of St. John’s accountable for the countless atrocities which was perpetrated by the Christian Brothers on numerous young Roman Catholic boys at Mount Cashel orphanage in the archdiocese:

18 April 2016:  Court will hear one voice from Hughes Inquiry 

19 April 2016:  Expert witness at Mount Cashel civil trial up in the air

And, for the benefit of those who want to go deeper, Volume One of th4e Hughes Commission Report.  I had it posted on theinquiry.ca, but that document had not as yet been re-posted (I haven’t worked on the site for quite some time now – hopefully I will be able to get back to re-building it in the not too distant future) .  So here it is:

1992:    Mount Cashel –  Hughes Commission Report Volume One  

(2)  Mark Rozzi

On the one hand a sad, but on the other amazing, account of one victim’s battle to see justice done.  A reminder to us all that one person truly can make a difference.  What a courageous man.  Such perseverance:

19 April 2016:  He was raped by a priest as a teen — 30 years later, he’s getting justice

As you can see, I just had to post it 🙂

(3)  Father Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul

And here comes the bad news.  The news is about a month old, but this truly had to be posted.

Here we have a Vatican-approved lifting of a suspension on an Indian priest who molested in the United States , was recycled back to his native land, and now has his suspension lifted:

11 February 2016: “ Indian bishop lifts convicted priest’s suspension“ & related article  

The man should be out of the priesthood.  Out.

What, oh what, is it that so many of our Church officials fail to understand about the very biblical millstones?

A disgrace.

A scandal.

A betrayal.

*****

I have been out of sorts for a bit of a spell.  Slowly but surely I will get back on track 🙂

Enough for now.

Sylvia

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