Jury selected in Ontario priest theft trial

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The jury in the theft trial of Father Robert Couture was selected yesterday:

23 November 2015:  Trial begins Tuesday for former priest accused of stealing $180,000 from church

The Crown will begin to present its case to judge and jury this morning(24 Nov.)  at 10 am, Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue)

I encourage those who can do so to attend.

Please, as always pass along news and/or links to media coverage of today’s proceedings.

Enough for now,


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Trial starts today

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A reminder that the three-week jury trial of Father Robert Courture starts at 10 am (EST) this morning in Windsor. Ontario:

23 November 2015:  10 am, TRIAL by jury,  set for three weeks, Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue)

In April of 2013, after a two-year police investigation,  Father Couture was charged with theft over $5,000.  According to police, their investigation revealed more than $180,000 in financial “irregularities” at St, Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Tecumseh, Ontario, where Father Couture had served as Pastor from 2002 until 2010.

Couture, a priest with the Diocese of London, Ontario,  was granted a leave of absence in 2010 during which, it seems, he pursued a B. Ed at Ottawa U.  It was after his departure from St. Anne’s that a routine audit uncovered “irregularities.”

Since 2012 until his arrest Father Couture was 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 urge those who can do so to attend the trial.

Please pass along news and/or links to media coverage of the trial.

Enough for now,


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Will he be received back with open arms?

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Okay, as promised, here is some further information on Father Rocky Grimard, the Canadian Oblate priest after he exposed himself and tried to ‘inappropriately” touch one plain clothes police officer and solicit oral sex from another in Olmos Park, San Antonio, Texas.

Father Grimard, who was ordained in Melville, Saskatchewan in 1991, has been serving in various capacities the United States  since 2003, including conducting retreats and missions.  He has been heavily involved in the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement.

In April 2015 Father Grimard was ‘caught’ doing whatever in Olmos Park.  He was charged with indecent exposure.

As you know, Grimard had a court date this past Monday (16 November 2015) and, as I later learned had had the charge against him reduced and was put on 6 months deferred adjudication.

Today I talked to staff at Counttry Court 8 and learned that Father Grimard’s ‘indecent exposure’ charge was reduced to ‘disorderly conduct.’  He pleaded ‘no contest’ to the charge of disorderly conduct, meaning that he neither admits to nor denies the charge  (there is no such option here in Canada).  He was placed on six months Deferred Adjudication, meaning, I was told, that he is basically on probation for six month, and, that if does not get into any trouble in that time, his criminal woes are behind him.  I was unable to find out what, if any, conditions were attached to this six months of bail but was told that it is “unsupervised.”

And, yes, he was fined $450 and does have to pay court costs of $219.  A ‘bill’ of $619.

If, in the future, anyone calls the court to check court records there will be no record of the initial charge of indecent exposure against Father Rocky Grimard.    Nor, of course is there any record of a conviction.

Oh my.

I wonder  – given that, all being ‘well, in six months he has no criminal record – will he be received back into the World Wide Marriage Encounter Movement with open arms?  and will he back conducting retreats and missions? and hearing confessions, and offering up the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?

I earnestly hope and pray that is not the case, but, ……

I shall try to find out next week.


More progress with my computer headaches.  I had to get a special connector to hook up my second monitor, and a good surge protector to ensure that never again will my hard drive be fully or partially – or even a tiny little bit – frazzled by a power outage :)

Enough for now,


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Deferred Adjudication for Grimard?

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The word I have is that Canadian Oblate  Father Rocky Grimard received  6 months of deferred adjudication.

If you google “deferred adjudication Texas” you will see that it is a sort of probation – if probation is successfully served the case is ‘dismissed.”  There is a guilty plea, but not a conviction – the judge instead ‘defers’ the finding of guilt.  Under Texas law a Deferred Adjudication is not viewed as a conviction.  A record of the charge remains, as does the record of Deferred Adjudication, but, no record of a conviction.

Tomorrow I shall try to find out a little more about Father Grimard’s status with the courts.


The next court date for Father Denis Vaillancourt‘-,  the former Chancellor of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall – is:

09 December 2015: 9 am, first appearance court, Alexandria, Ontario courthouse (110 Main St. North)

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

Enough for now,


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On and on and on….

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Father Denis Vaillancourt had a court date in Alexandria, Ontario this morning.  As you may recall, the canon lawyer and former long-term Chancellor of the Alexandria-Cornwall Diocese (Ontario) is facing charges of sexual assault of a male.

I see no media coverage as yet.  If there is no word I will check tomorrow afternoon to get the next court date.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.


The next court date for previously convicted serial child molester Father John Sullivan is:

15 December 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

And on and on and on it goes….

Father Sullivan is a priest with the Diocese of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.

As, always, please keep this man’s many many victims in your prayers.


A reminder to all of you in the Windsor Ontario area, the three-week trial of Father Robert Couture is scheduled to start this coming Monday:

23 November 2015:  10 am, TRIAL by jury,  set for three weeks, Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue), Windsor, Ontario

The theft 0ver $5,000 charges against Father Couture were laid April 2013 ( a diocesan audit put the figure of “irregularities”  at $169,000, while police said their investigation  revealed there was  more than $180,000  irregularities)

The priest, who was working as a substitute teacher in French Catholic schools when he was arrested, has opted for a trial by jury.

Father Couture is a priest with the Diocese of London, Ontario.

Mark your calendars now.  I do hope some of you will be able to attend to hear the testimony and watch the proceedings unfold.


Sorry, but, no news yet on the outcome of the Father Rocky Grimard charge.  As soon as I find anything I will let you know.


The work on the computer is coming along slowly.  I just managed to get my second desktop email mailbox configured to draw in emails from Sylvia’s Site and theinquiry.ca.  That , believe it or not, is a huge step :)  As I say: ‘Happiness is.’

Lots more to do, but bit by bit things are falling into place.

Enough for now,



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That’s it?!

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And here’s the latest news on those whose cases are, in most cases, worming their way through the courts

(1)  Nathan Labatt  (Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan)

The next court date for

07 December  2015: 10 am, Humboldt courthouse, Humboldt, Sask (805 8th Avenue)

Thankfully  Discover Humboldt is very vigilant in keeping abreast the local courtdates.  That’s the first place I check now after Labbatt has a courtdate, and so,m this from today.

16 November 2015:  Court Adjournments for Two Local Cases

Labatt was charged in February of this year.  Relatively speaking this is early, but it still seems that the revolving door is a a-spinning and this is going on and and on forever, does it not?

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

(2)  Father Denis Vaillancourt  (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall)

As promised, the start time for Father Denis Vaillancourt’s 18 November courtdate date in Alexandria, Ontario is 9 am.

Keep the complainant in your prayers.

(3)  Father Lionel Bastien  (Diocese of London, Ontario)

Several lawsuits have been launched against Father Lionel Bastien:

16 November 2015:  “Former Area Priest Facing Civil Suit” & related article

Yo may recall that Father Bastien was first charged October 2o11 (four years ago!!!)  and then faced additional charges in January of 2012, and more in November 2012.

The case has yet to go to trial!!!

This unfortunately is what so many victims/complainants must endure when criminal charges are laid.  I call it the  revolving courtroom door.  This I will truly never understand.  If there is a shortage of courtrooms, then for goodness sake build more courthouses.  If there is a shortage of judges, then for goodness sake hire more.  If these is a shortage of Crowns attorney, then for goodness sake hire more.  No one should have to endure these interminable delays which, at the end of the day, serve no one well but the accused.

What is wrong with the system that the Crowns can’t get these cases to trial in a timely fashion?  And, yes, what is wrong with a system which so often allows these cases  to drag on and on for years and then, suddenly, at the 11 th hour, the accused decides that, well, after a bit of reflection, he now realizes that he indeed molest his accuser(s).

And, yes, what is wrong with Church officials and Church lawyers who allow these kind of courtroom shenanigans to play out time and time again.    If a priest did it, then he did it.  Simple.  If he denies for years before an 11th hour plea, then he’s lying, and in doing so subjecting his victims to ridicule while inferring that they are liars.  I truly do not believe that any molester should get a pat on the back for an 11th hour guilty plea.  (Nor for that matter do I believe in kid gloves for ‘suspect’ molesters because of their age.  Why should a priest who has eluded justice and lived a lie for a lifetime be rewarded specifically because he has eluded justice and lived a lie for a lifetime?)

Anyway. that brings me to…..

(4)  Father John Sullivan  (Diocese of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario)

I’m still waiting for a call back to get the next court date for Father John Sullivan.  I did try calling again today but reached an answering machine again, so will just have to wait it out :(

(Yes, this batch of charges against this previously serial clerical molester were laid in 2012.   And, yes, he is still Father Sullivan, and whether active or not, he is still very much a priest in the Roman Catholic charge, and a convicted child molester.)  2012, and two more charges in Fall of 2012.

Please keep Father Sullivan’s many victims in your prayers.

(5)  Father Rocky Grimard

I think Father Grimard is free.  I think.  From what I can see here the charge was reduced, he has to pay a fine of $450 and $219 court costs, and that’s it?   Take a look. (Click to enlarge each image for easier read)

Grimard offense reduced screen shot 16 Nov 2015


Grimard screenshot charges reduced and fined 16 November 2015









Hopefully there will be some media coverage tomorrow.  If not, I will make some calls to see if I can find out exactly what happened here. If you see anything in the papers please post a comment and/or send me a link.

Enough for now,


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Court dates this week

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Two courtdates tomorrow (16 November 2015):

(1)  Father Rocky Grimard

The trial of Father Rocky Grimard, a late vocation to the priesthood and Canadian Oblate priest (priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate), is scheduled to start tomorrow in San Antonio Texas:

 16 November 2015:  9 am, TRIAL,  Bexar Country Court 8 (100 Dolorosa, San Antonio, Texas

Please keep an eye out for media coverage , and of course pass along any and all links of the same.

(2)  Nathan Labatt

Former Scout leader and youth volunteer with the Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan Youth Ministry Nathan Labatt has a court date tomorrow:

 16 November 2015:  10 am “for election,” Humboldt courthouse, Humboldt, Sask (805 8th Avenue

Please keep the complainants victims in your prayers, and, as always, please relay any news of the outcome which you see online or hear of.


There is a courtdate for Father Denis Vaillancourt this coming Wednesday:

 18 November 2015:   Alexandria, Ontario courthouse (110 Main St. North)

The former and long term Chancellor of the scandal-plagued Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, Ontario is facing charges of sexual assault of an adult male.

I will try to get the start time tomorrow.  Hopefully someone will be able to stop by the courthouse to see what – if anything – transpires.  As those who follow Sylvia’s Site know only too well by now, for most of the first 12-18 months after charges are laid these courtdates are frequently simply adjourned to another date, however, there are sometimes comments made by the Crown or defence which give a little information of what is happening in the background.  So, if there is anyone in the Alexandria or Cornwall aea who is free to pop into the courthouse on Wednesday morning for a spell please mark your calendars.


There was no word back from the North Bay courthouse on Friday regarding the next court date for serial child molester Father John Sullivan.  If there is no word tomorrow I shall try calling again.


Today I finally got my personal email mailbox up and running again and all emails imported :)  That is one huge relief.  Tomorrow I shall pick away at reinstalling software.  And then on to the next challenge on the lengthy list

Enough for now,


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Who will replace the Bishop?

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I am awaiting a call back on the next court date for serial and previously convicted child molester Father John E Sullivan.  His last court-date was 10 November.  As soon as I get word I will let you know.


And, as BC pointed out, an article in the Windsor Star regarding Deborah Kloos’ ongoing, and hopefully successful efforts, to have a day of prayer for victims of clerical sexual abuse, and indeed all victims of childhood sexual abuse:

10 November 2015:  Survivor of clergy abuse urges Catholic church to pray together 

Good for you Deborah.  It looks as though your perseverance may well pay off.  I do hope and pray that those in the London Diocese who were so strangely and strongly adverse to the very idea of praying for victims at Mass will now reconsider and acknowledge the benefits of those prayers which are offered up during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.


After only a little three years at the helm, the current Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall,  Marcel Damphousse, is moving on.  Bishop Damphousee, who took over the scandal-ridden diocese in September 2012, will become the Bishop of Sault Ste, Marie, Ontario, replacing retiring Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe.

Who, I wonder,  will replace Bishop Damphousse ?   Remember that, as of late October of this year,  Father Denis Vaillancourt,  the former and long-term Chancellor of the diocese who had his finger in every clerical abuse pie in the diocese for the past 30 years is facing sexual assault charges.


I am deluged with computer woes.  I am sure you are as tired of hearing this as I am of telling you.  But truly this time it falls into the category of it never rains but it pours.   There is no need to recount the problems, suffice to say that today my head came up above water,  and I finally saw a  light at the end of the tunnel in at least one of multiple serious problems.  There is still much to do to fix this one problem, and after it another, and after it yet another :(

Say another we prayer for me.  As you know, I am no computer nerd.

Enough for now,


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Lots to do

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We are proud and thrilled grandparents again.  Our new grandson arrived yesterday.  He’s a very healthy 9lb 5 oz., and, of course, he’s beautiful :)

This little fellow’s arrival is truly a blessing.  There were medical issues which cropped up a couple of months ago so we were terribly concerned that he would arrive safely and that our daughter would be alright.  God is good.  All is well.  Such a blessed relief.


No work today as far as posting information on the site is concerned.   I shall carry on tomorrow:  there’s lots to do.

I have a picture I really do want to scan and post on the Father Henry Maloney page.  I also really need to get back to work bringing theinquiry.ca site up to date.  In light of the charges against Father Vaillancourt I will probably start by adding articles to  the David Silmser page, and then hopefully do a little more on the Perry Dunlop page.

Some will recall that Father Vaillncourt was also heavily involved in the Father Gilles Deslaurier charges (as, for that matter, was Jacques Leduc).  That was back in 1986.  I want to go back through some of that information and make note of it now, but hopefully do so in a way which does not necessitate outlining the whole convoluted mess and attempts at cover-up which marked the Alexandria-Cornwall diocese’s handling of the allegations and recycling of a predator priest.

Enough for now,


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Yes, it’s a sexual assault charge

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Some more information regarding the recently arrested Father Denis Vaillancourt:

(1)  The Stormont Dundas and Glengarry OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) has now put out a statement regarding the arrest of Father Denis Vallaincourt:

Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Sexual Assault Investigations

The ‘incident’ was, as most have suspected, that of sexual assault..  Note that the assault transpired at a home in South Glengarry Township.  According to the statement, an OPP investigation indicated that:   “….an adult male had been sexually assaulted by the accused male.”

I mentioned earlier it truly is hard to tell what is meant by “adult male.”  Some would use the term to refer to any male over the age of consent (16, for most sexual offences).  For what it ‘s worth, we truly can not tell from the statement therefore if the complainant is a teenage male over the age of 16, or a male over the age of 20.

Note too that Father Vaillancourt’s next court date is 18 November 2015.  I don’t know the time yet.  In fact, I called the Alexandria courthouse this morning to get the next court date only to discover that at that time there was no record on the books of the charge.  I decided that I would call later in the week and try again.  I will still do that, but this time I will do so to find out the court time on the 18th.

the Cornwall Standard Freeholder reported the sexual assault charge this morning:

03 November 2015:  Retired Alexandria-Cornwall priest Denis Vaillancourt’s charge: sexual assault

(2)  Two pictures from the 1967 Horizon have been posted (Horizon was the Cornwall Classical College yearbook).  One you will see at the top of the Father Denis Vaillancourt page.  The other can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

1967:  Denis Vaillancourt receives award at Cornwall Classical College (1967 Horizon) 

I believe that Denis Vaillancourt would have been about 22-years-of-age in those pictures.  The Classical  College was affiliated  with Ottawa University and provided courses leading to a BA).  That same year Jacques Leduc was in Grade 11.

(3)  If you scroll down the Father Denis Vaillancourt page you will see that for a  number of of years he was a member of the Tribunal.  I can only post the information which I have on hand, but my guess is that he was serving on the tribunal  shortly before he – along with Jacques Leduc – attained his canon law credentials at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University until the past few years.

Jacques Leduc, as you can see, was also a member of the tribunal for a number of those years.  Many already know that Leduc was not a priest, but rather a married layman and lawyer whom Bishop Eugene Larocque deemed, for reasons unknown, qualified to serve on the tribunal.

What I want to point out here is that also on the tribunal for a goodly number of those years was a Father Bernard Guindon.

Those familiar with the Cornwall sex abuse scandal and cover-up may recall that when David Silmser first contacted the Alexandria-Cornwall Diocese ‘alleging’ sexual abuse by Father Charles MacDonald he spoke to a Father Guindon.

Yes, that is the same Father Guindon who served on the marriage tribunal for many years with both Father Vaillancourt and Leduc.

So how did Guindon deal with David Silmser?

Guindon’s response was to brush Silmser off,  advising that since he, Silmser, no longer lived in the area but had moved to the Ottawa area he should contact the Archdiocese of Ottawa.  To add insult to injury, Father Guindon also asked: “What do you expect me to do”

Silmser then contacted Monsignor Schonenebach in Ottawa who redirected everything back to Cornwall , where of course it rightly belonged.

Can you believe it?

I can not conceive how he , a priest heavily involved with canon law, could not know that the complaints against Father Charles MacDonald belonged to the Alexandria-Cornwall Diocese.  Nor can I conceive how in good conscience he sent Dave packing!

My recollection is that  even after he pulled that Pontius Pilate washing of the hands with Dave Silmser he was  involved in Silmser’s complaints against Father Charles at a later date.

Further to all this, according to Monsignor Schonenbach, it was either Father Guindon or Monsignor Msgr. Donald McDougald,- he can’t remember which –  who told him that Dave’s allegations against Charlie couldn’t possibly be true because Father Charles MacDonald was such a wonderful priest

What a filthy dirty rotten mess!!!!

(4)   A question:  Why did Bishop Eugene Larocque ship both Father Vaillancourt and lawyer Jacques Leduc off to become canon lawyers?

And another:  What qualities did he see in the pair which he deemed made them worthy of such service to his diocese?

Enough for now,


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