Another priest charged and added to the Accused list, and a priest previously charged whose charges were withdrawn following a preliminary hearing, and then, a trial of interest. First, the priests:
(1) Father Abraham Azhakathu mst
Father Azhakathu is a priest in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Syrian Rite which is in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church – he is member of an order of priests known as the Missionary Society of St. Thomas (mst)
On 08 March 2014 Father Azhakathu was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference- the charges, reported by a minor, date to 2013.
I have rounded up what information I could. I have no idea as yet when Azhakathucame to Canada, nor when he began to serve in the Archdiocese of Grouard –McLennan. If anyone can fill in any of the many gaps please post a comment or contact me personally.
I encourage anyone with allegations against Father to contact police. The contact info in the Canada News article is as follows:
Manning RCMP at 780-836-3769 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Please, as always, keep the complainant in your prayers.
(2) Father Wayne Dohey
All that’s known to date is the Archdiocese of St. John’s Newfoundland issued a public statement advising that Father Dohey had been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.
The nature of the allegations is unknown, as is who is conducting this “investigation,” What we do know from 2007 is that the last charges were tossed by a judge who said he didn’t believe the complainant and felt that no reasonable jury would her either. The complainant testified that she was 14 when Dohey began to sexually abuse her. Judge Harold Porter ruled that because the compliant was not Catholic (but did attend Dohey’s church) – Father Dohey was not in a position of trust and authority.
And, that was the end of it. In short order Father Dohey was back in the sanctuary. Scroll down the Father Dohey page to read those articles from 2007 again. Yet another of many disturbing reads these days.
So, who knows what’s going on now, and who’s doing the investigating?
Are the charges sex related? If they are, why not be honest?
Are the police investigating? If yes, which police force? And if not, why not?
Hopefully there will be more in the news today.
If you missed the article when it was posted earlier, here it is:
And now, the trial of interest.
I’m off to Victora BC tomorrow morning (Tuesday ) to testify at the Gregory Hartnell trial. I will repeat what I had to say a little over a year ago when I was first subpoenaed to testify:
Gregory Hartnell faces one count which, according my subpoena, reads as follows :
Gregory Paul Michael HARTNELL, from the 7th day of November, 2011 to the 9th day of November, 2011, inclusive, at or near Victoria, in the Province of British Columbia, did fail to comply with an Order made by the Provincial Court Judge pursuant to Subsection 538 (1) of the Criminal Code prohibiting the publication in any document or the broadcast or transmission in any way of the evidence at a preliminary inquiry over which the Judge was presiding, and did thereby commit an offence, contrary to Section 539 (3) of the Criminal Code.
This relates to the Father Philip Jacobs preliminary hearing.
Please keep Gregory Hartnell in your prayers. This I am sure has not been a pleasant experience for him. And, I must say that I do not relish testifying. Who ever does?
The trial has been adjourned twice. Now, it would seem, it’s definitely a go.
I fly out of Ottawa at 06:30 am tomorrow morning (Tuesday 11 March), then testify Wednesday, and fly out of Victoria at 06:45 am on Thursday 13 March. The 06:30 am Ottawa departure means I will have to be up at 02:00 am to get to the airport the requisite two hours in advance of flight time.
I was not happy when I saw the flight times with the quick turn-around. I asked for an extra day tacked on on either side to give me a breather. I said I would pay the extra night in the hotel. The answer was no. I’m still processing this – trying to make sense of it, and as yet not getting too far, but, perhaps need to be just a little farther away from the flooded basement to think clearly? I will meditate on it on the plane
Anyway, today I will be throw a few odds and ends in suitcase and get myself ready to go. I will do what I can to keep on top of media coverage today – I have a four hour layover en route to Victoria Tuesday morning so that should serve me well.
The trial starts at 09:30 am. Victoria courthouse. Keep Gregory Hartnell in your prayers. Say a wee prayer for me too please.
Enough for now,