Prey (the documentary)

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From TVO (TV Ontario) website. Unfortunately this can only viewed by those in Canada.

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Extraditions

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A priest and former Scottish Benedictine monk lost his fight against extradition from Australia to Scotland to face six men who allege he “engaged in acts of physical and sexual abuse” against them when they were between 11 and 15 years of age.  The allegations date to the early to mid 70s when Alexander was teaching at Fort Augustus Abbey School in Scotland.

According to media reports the priest has 28 days to appeal.   Will he appeal?   Does he have the monies to appeal?  I have no idea, however, for the sake of the complainants, I hope and pray he is right now regretting his decision to drag this on, packing his bags and preparing for the long flight to face his accusers.

07 November 2019:  “Monk accused of Scottish child abuse loses extradition appeal” & relates articles

Meanwhile here in Canada Father Robert Mackenzie,  one of Alexander’s former confreres,  is fighting his order of extradition.   MacKenzie, who is both a former student and teacher at Fort Augustus Abbey School, arrived in Regina Saskatchewan in 1988 and was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Regina in 1993.

Scottish authorities attained a surrender order from Canada’s Minister of Justice in March of this year.   MacKenzie appealed.  A  judicial review is scheduled for 04 December 2019

04 December 2019:  10 am, Appeal, Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan ( 2425 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan)

This will be open to the public.  I encourage those who can do so to attend to hear why Father MacKenzie believes he should not return to Scotland to face his accusers.

Please keep all those with allegations against these two former Benedictines in your prayers.

*****

I must say I commend Bishop Fabbro for attending:

07 November 2019:  “Bishop Fabbro attends opening of documentary Prey to support abuse survivors” & related articles

Good for you Patrick for asking the bishop to attend, and, truly, good for the bishop for attending.  Change has to start somewhere.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Basilian Fathers lose appeal

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The Basilians of Toronto lost their appeal of the jury decisions re punitive damages and economic damages in the Rod MacLeod /Hod  Marshall sex abuse trial

25 October 2019:     MacLeod v Marshall (Ontario Court of  Appeal)

25 October 2019:  “Basilian Fathers lose appeal in sexual abuse case (updated)” & related article

You may recall that in May of 2018  the Basilians put out the following a statement regarding their decision to appeal:

22 May 2018:  Latest Media Statement from the Basilian Fathers

Note that the “Media Spokesperson” for the Basilian Fathers at the time was the since thoroughly and very publicly disgraced serial plagiarist Father Thomas Rosica csb.  How far the ‘mighty’ can fall in a matter of a mere 17 months .

Another few modicums of justice.

Please keep Rod MacLeod and the many many victims of Hod Marshall in your prayers.  .

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Chaldeon priest who made a “mistake” off to prison

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It is confirmed: the trial of Monsignor James Patrick Robertson will continue in December:

06 December 2019: continuation of trial, 09:30 am, Corner Brook Courthouse (82 Mt. Bernard Avenue)

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

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Father Amer Saka, a Chaldean priest serving in the Diocese of London, Ontario, has been sentenced to two years in prison for fraud of more than $900,000.  Saka gambled funds intended to support refugees arriving in Canada.

22 October 2019:  “Former Ontario priest gets 2-year sentence for gambling $1M meant for refugees” & related articles

 According to his defence lawyer Iryna Revutsky Father Saka suffered from a “pathological gambling addiction.”  Revutsky, who was pleased with judgment,  said:  “my client was fundamentally and is fundamentally a very, very good man who made a mistake.”

A “mistake.”

Indeed!!

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Monsignor’s trial continues in December

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As mentioned before, Father Cecil Noronha has entered into a peace bond and the three charges against him were withdrawn.

I have not been able to get a copy of the peace bond but did find out what the conditions are.  Among other things, the peace bond, which lasts for one year,  stipulates that Father Noronha is not to be within 25 metres of the home of female (probably the complainant?), nor within 25 metres of where the female lives, works, goes to school, goes to church or anywhere where where the female should be known to be.

Those who live in Sudbury area should be able to get a copy of the peace bond at the court house.  It is a public document.

And here is information regarding peace bonds in Ontario:

Information regarding Peace Bonds in Ontario

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

I have heard from a reliable source that the trial of Monsignor James (Jim) Robertson did not wrap up in the allotted two days (17 & 18 October) and is scheduled to continue 06 December 2019.  I will check tomorrow to confirm

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

More information on the trial related to clerical sexual predator  Father Erlindo Molon:

18 October 2019:  “’Playboy’ priest moved to New York parishes, Canadian Forces job” & related article

Pathetic and disgusting!

And this from a bishop regarding giving warnings about a known clerical sexual predator:  “What am I supposed to do? …Warn every church in Canada and beyond?”

Well, actually,  yes.  As far as was/is humanly possible, yes.  Souls were at stake.

Please keep Rosemary Anderson in your prayers.  Ditto all those upon whom Molon got his preying hands while serving across Canada and the United States and wherever else he may have been.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Peace bond and withdrawal of charges for Father Noronha

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Father Cecil Noronha has signed a peace bond.  During a Friday, 11 October 2019 hearing “for resolution” all three charges against Father Cecil Noronha  were withdrawn and he entered into a peace bond.

I am currently awaiting a copy of the conditions attached to the peace bond and will post those as soon as they are available.  The charges which Father Noronha faced were:

(1)  Sexual Assault on a Person Under Sixteen Years of Age, contrary to section 271;

(2)  Sexual Interference, contrary to section 151; and

(3)  Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a).

The Steps to Justice website provides a good recap on peace bonds and the process involved whereby a person facing criminal charges can enter into a peace bond.  Here is a link:

Information regarding Peace Bonds in Ontario

 Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

A reminder that the assault trial of Father James Robertson of the Diocese of Corner Brook Newfoundland is scheduled for two days starting this Thursday:

TRIAL booked for 17& 18  October 2019, 09:30 am, Corner Brook Courthouse (82 Mt. Bernard Avenue)

I encourage those who can do so to attend.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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A few updates

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The next court date for Father Cecil Noronha is:

Friday, 11 October 2019:  09:30 am, “for resolution,”  Sudbury Courthouse (155 Elm St, Sudbury)

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.  I encourage those who can do so to attend to find out what is happening here.  I think it is highly possible that Father Noronha will be there this time.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

The name of Father Robert J. Chisholm has been added to the Accused list.  I know nothing about the allegations here barring the little that is said in the statement put out by the archdiocese .  It sounds as though there  was a report of some sort filed somewhere in the mid 90s.   We have no idea what date whatever is alleged to have happened happened.  There is a reference to minors.  And, that’s it.

I found that he was listed as being at Camp Borden in the mid 80s.  It certainly looks as though he may have spent some time as a military chaplain?

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I have received word from a reliable source that Brother Lawrence Lambert fic, a Canadian-born Religious Brother with the Brothers of Christian Instruction who taught at the prestigious St. Mary’s International School in Japan,  died 08 June 2019.  He had been living at the the Mother House in La Prairie.  Please keep those who suffered at the hands of this man in your prayers.

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As of last week there was  no court date set  for Father Robert MacKenzie‘s planned  appeal of his extradition to Scotland.   I shall check again this week.  Please keep the complainants in Scotland in your prayers.

*****

A follow up to the recent scandal at the Basilian Toronto’s St. Michael’s College School scandal:

03 October 2019:  3 ex-students plead guilty to sex assault offences at St. Michael’s College School

Disgusting.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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More updates

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It’s taken a while but I have finally have the next court date for Father Cecil Noronha :

03 September 2019: 09:00 am, Assignment Court, Sudbury courthouse, 155 Elm St, Sudbury.

This is open to the public but Father Noronha does not need to and he probably will not be there, and besides, it will be over and done with in a matter of minutes: It is just a case of setting a court date.

This MAY well be for setting a trial date, but not necessarily. Regardless, there will be at least a few weeks before the next court date after Assignment Court.  I will find out and let you know.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

The August court dates for ex=priest and convicted molester Barry McGrory were cancelled and rescheduled.  The judge apparently is sick.

So, for those who showed up at the Ottawa courthouse on Tuesday, there was nothing happening.  And, yes, tomorrow is cancelled as well.

And, to add ‘insult’ to injury,’  believe it or not, the next court date for McGrory is:

07 January 2020:  10 am, sentencing hearing, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

Yes.  You read it correctly.  January!!!!  2020!!!

This will be hard on the victims.   Please keep them in your prayers.

*****

Here are some updates on the Cardinal George Pell conviction and appeal:

25 August 2019:  “George Pell to take his case to the High Court” & related articles

I am truly amazed at how many people are convinced that Cardinal Pell is innocent, and how, even after all of these years of scandal, how very little people really know and understand about the horror and impact of clerical sexual abuse.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Defrocked priests

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I had a blog together which disappeared into thin air when I tried to publish it 🙁  No draft.  No back up.  Poof!  Gone.  Very unusual that there is not one line of back-up anywhere, but …. it’s gone.  So, very very quickly :

(1)  Father Daniel Miller

Father Daniel Miller, a priest with the Diocese of Pembroke, Ontario and convicted child molester has, thankfully, been defrocked:

14 August 2019:  DISMISSAL OF DANIEL MILLER FROM THE CLERICAL STATE

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

(2)   Barry MGrory

Ex-priest (defrocked) and twice-convicted child molester Barry McGrory has a court date tomorrow and Thursday mornings:

27 & 29 August 2019:  9 am to 10 am, sentencing hearing, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

Note that the hearing is scheduled for one hour on each of the two days.  Due to difficulties scheduling a day for the hearing the split between the two days with approximately one hour of each day allocated for the hearing was deemed the best way to proceed.

I encourage those who can do so to attend.  (Unfortunately I have an appointment tomorrow which cannot be rescheduled so will have to miss, but, all being well I will be able to attend on Thursday morning )

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

Enough for now

Sylvia

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Trial of previously convicted Viatorian priest adjourned

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The TRIAL for Monsignor James Robertson is booked for two days in October:

17 October 2019, 09:30 am, Corner Brook Courthouse (82 Mt. Bernard Avenue).

Please keep the complainant in your prayers

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The second sex abuse trial of previously convicted Viatorian priest Father Ronald Leger csv has been adjourned.  According to media reports Father Leger is in poor health and in palliative care

22 July 2019:  “Priest’s sexual assault trial adjourned due to failing health” & related article

This will be an extremely difficult time for the complainants.  Please keep them in your prayers.

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I have tried to get the next court date for Father Cecil Noronha but so far no luck.  Today I left another message.  Unfortunately I will be away until about 07 August so will not be able to get this sorted out until I get back.

(You may recall that after a preliminary hearing Father Noronha was ordered to stand trial.  He will be tried in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.  All legal proceedings will now be conducted in Sudbury Ontario rather than Espanola.)

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Father Robert Mackenzie continued his battle against extradition today in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.  When I get back I will try to find the status of the appeal.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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