False charity

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The next court date for previously convicted Oblate priest Father Omer Desjardins is:

27 March 2017: 1 pm,  “to be spoken to,” court room # 302, Winnipeg Provincial courthouse (Main Floor, 408 York Ave.)

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

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Ex-priest and previously convicted molester  Donald Grecco has a court date today:

28 February 2017: pre-trial hearing (NOT open to the public),Robert S. K. Welch St Catharine’s courthouse, St. Catharine’s, Ontario (59 Church St.

Please not that this is NOT open to the public.  Tomorrow I will find out and post the next court date.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers

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Oh my.

I don’t know if I can quite articulate my thoughts here

Look at this:

26 February 2017:  “Pope Francis reversed decisions to kick paedophiles out of the priesthood” & related articles

Scroll down to the last article where the Holy Father talks about hypocrisy.  Here is an excerpt:

The comments delivered in a sermon broadcast on Vatican Radio, in which the pope said that hypocritical Catholics should admit “‘my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life’.”

“There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal. How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’.”

What struck me here is the glaring omission. Can there really and truly be a Catholic on the face of the earth who is a greater hypocrite than a priest who molests and preys on the vulnerable?  I often say it is – or perhaps better to say should be? – an oxymoron to say “Father” and molester in the same breath.  One is/(should be?) the antithesis of the other.

But, in his small dissertation on hypocrites, no mention from the Pope of clerical predators?  I checked.  I read through a slew of articles covering these comments.  I thought that perhaps some media had failed to report what others had covered.  No.  Nothing.  Not a boo from the Holy Father about clerical sexual predators being the ultimate Catholic hypocrites.

Oversight?  Perhaps, but a strange one.  It’s like missing the elephant in the room.

As for hypocrites causing scandal.  Are there any Catholics who have brought greater scandal upon the Church than clerical sexual predators?

I think not.

Now back up and read  the preceding articles, those  regarding the Pope’s decision to reduce sentences on several priests who were to be defrocked.  The Pope decided that in these instances a life of prayer and penance was more befitting the predators than defrocking/laicizing/reducing to the lay stating.

Why in the name of all that’s good and holy would he allow these molesters to remain in the priesthood?

Why did he over-rule the recommendations to defrock?

The fact that they are permitted to  remain in the priesthood is an affront to their victims, to all Roman Catholics, and to God Himself.  These men contaminate the priesthood by their presence.

It’s false charity.  There is nothing truly charitable about allowing men who have so selfishly, cruelly, cunningly and viciously pillaged and plundered the flock to remain in the priesthood.

Note too the rationalization for this so-called act of mercy :

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the restrictions are intended to ensure the priest’s conduct within the church is supervised and their access to children is prevented.

What can I say?   In light of the manner in which known and convicted molesters have been supervised by their own over the past years, what can I say?

Confusion abounds.

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Another article posted yesterday:

24 February 2017:  “Former priest charged with child sex abuse” & related articles 

Disturbing.

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I’m thinking I’m going to start posting ‘nice’ things from time to time- pictures, stories, videos.  Just for a little change every now a then.  A reminder that there is indeed beauty in this world :).  I’m thinking it through 🙂

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

 

 

 

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Could this scenario play out in Winnipeg?

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Previously convicted Oblate priest Father Omer Desjardins has a court date this afternoon in Winnipeg:

27 February 2017: 1 pm,  court room # 302, Winnipeg Provincial courthouse (Main Floor, 408 York Ave.)

It’s hard to know what will or might happen today.  As some of you may recall, the last Desjardins charges, which related to the sex abuse of a 10-year-old girl in Marsden Saskatchewan in 1978, moved extremely quickly through the system. Those charges were laid October 2014 – by 22 January 2015 Desjardins had entered a guilty plea, sat through his sentencing hearing, and was sentenced to six months in jail and one year probation.

Could this scenario possibly play out again in Manitoba?  I suppose it’s possible, but, for several reasons, doubtful.

If anyone is free to attend to find out what happens today I encourage you to do so.  It will probably be dealt with in the twinkle of an eye and new court date set, but, – we just never know.

Please pass along news of the outcome.

As always, please keep the complainants in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Take a cue from Jean-Louis

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There are several new articles posted regarding the Father Yvon Arsenault sentencing of yesterday, two with video clips embedded, and one a goog trnaslation – with original French text – from Acadie Nouvelle:

24 February 2017:  “Yvon Arsenault, a former parish priest, faces his victims” & original French text

24 February 2017:  Former priest Yvon Arsenault handed 4-year sentence for 9 sex crimes (with VIDEO embed)  

24 February 2017:  Priest sentenced to four years (with VIDEO embed) 

First, well done Jean Louis Pitre!  And, a note to those who are going through the criminal process.  In Canada there is an automatic publication ban ‘imposed’ on the names of all “alleged” sex abuse victims.  The ban is there, whether you want it or not.  For most  if not all “alleged” victims, the ban is welcome.  Most, if not all, of you can relate to the fact that there were, and possibly still are, days when you did not want a single soul to know that you are victim.  However, some of you can probably also relate to the fact that a number of victims discover that, from the time that charges were first laid until trial and a conviction and sentencing rolls around, they have grown stronger and, often much to their surprise, realize that would actually like to speak publicly, and do not want to do so anonymously.

Take a cue from Jean-Louis Pitre.  IF you want the ban lifted, do what Jean-Louis did: request that it be lifted when you are in court, for a sentencing hearing, or for sentencing.  As much as you may find it hard to believe, even if you personally did not ask for that ban, you are bound by that court order.  If you have decided that you no longer wish to remain anonymous, it truly is not worth the risk of violating a court order, no matter how much you are personally convinced that you do not want the ban on your name or identity.  So, take a cue from Jean-Louis, do it while court is in process, before it’s all over and done with.  It is very simple to do it then and there.  It is a more complicated process to deal with after the trial over and done with.  Yes, of course it can be done afterwards, but it is not as simple.  So, if you are leaning in that direction at all, think about, and IF you have decided that is the route you wish to go, ask that it be done during the sentencing hearing, or sentencing.

For those who are not ready to take that step, rest assured that there is no shame in that at all.  I am passing this along only because I am aware of situations where a victim wanted to speak out publicly and felt he/she could not do so because of a publication ban.  Don;t ever risk a run in with the law for violating a publication ban, even if it is, strange as it may seem,  a ban on your own name!

Enough for now,
Sylvia

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Here;s the media coverage to date on the Father Yvon Arsenault sentencing of this afternoon in Moncton, New Brunswick:

24 February 2017:  “Former priest Yvon Arsenault handed 4-year sentence for 9 sex crimes” & related article

24 February 2017:  CBC Live Blog of Father Yvon Arsenault sentencing

24 February 2017:  “Former priest Yvon Arsenault to be sentenced for 9 sex crimes” with CBC live blog

24 February 2017:  Sentencing underway for N.B. priest who pleaded guilty to molesting boys

I’ve made comment here and there, my last here to Baspuit regarding the four-year sentence.  Will leave it that for now.

Once again, I commend the victims.  Thanks to your courage, perseverance and strength, Father Arsenault, a wolf in sheep’s clothing who preyed upon his flock, is behind bars

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Victim asks court for maximum sentence

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Just want to pass this along…

One of the Father Yvon Arsenault victims has just asked permission to make a recommendation to the court.  There were no objections from the court.  The judge allowed the man to take the podium.  According to he CBC live blog. the victim asked that the maximum 10 year sentence be applied.

“It’s noted” said the judge.

The joint recommendation from Defence and Crown was four years.

Justice Dionne then goes on to note the standard ‘Arsenault has no criminal record and has expressed remorse.’

We are still awaiting the sentence.

Watch the CBC live blog

Enough for now

Sylvia

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Update on sentencing hearing

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The sentencing hearing for Father Yvon Arsenault has concluded.  The judge will pronounce sentence this afternoon at 2 pm.

Here are two articles with info regarding what sounds like a very emotional hearing this morning:

24 February 2017:  “Former priest Yvon Arsenault to be sentenced for 9 sex crimes” with CBC live blog

24 February 2017:  Sentencing underway for N.B. priest who pleaded guilty to molesting boys

Note the article with the CBC live blog.  There is quite a bit of information there .  Note too both Crown and defence have asked for four years, and, both agree sentences to run concurrently.

Strange too, the judge seems to have made some comment about not imposing conditions “Says court sees no use, in 2017, in imposing conditions like staying away from schools, parks, people under 16″?

And see where defence lawyer puts out the standard “There are no magical solutions Mr. judge. But you can take into consideration the last 30 years of his life, where there are no accusations”

And this:  “’If you talk to him about this today, it’s painful for him,’ says lawyer, as people in court start mumbling in apparent disapproval.”

And this:  “After the 70s he made sure such incidents were never repeated, Lemieux tells court of Arsenault.”

And, oh yes indeed,  this:  “He pleaded guilty and avoided having to go through lengthy court proceedings he says”

And, this:  “He says priest reoriented his practice after sex crimes, so that he no longer worked with youths, in order to try to make things right”

Really?  Why I wonder did he claim to have “reoriented his practise after his sex crimes”?  Was he caught way back then?  was he reported?  was he recycled?  Sound like it, does it not?

And then, short excerpts from the two victim impact statements read by victims in court:

“Because you touched me, my kids, even the ones I let you baptise, grew up atheist.”

“You told me I would become a good priest. People thought you were like a God on earth. My grandmother loved you.”

“You touched me while offering to become my spiritual guide.”

He’s decided to go to counselling now because he’s tired of being angry all the time,

Went to AA for 6 months, but couldn’t stay. Said he had trouble with the word “God”

Keep the victims in your prayers  And pray that that the judge at the very least abides by what seems to be a plea deal – the four years requested jointly by defence and the Crown.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

[Sentencing at 2 pm in afternoon (1 pm est.  Follow the live CBC blog from inisde the courtroom here ]

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Sentencing hearing in Moncton NB

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A reminder that te Father Yvon Arsenault sentencing hearing is tomorrow morning:

   24 February 2017: 09:30 am, sentencing hearing, Moncton Courthouse Moncton NB (45 Assumption Blvd)

Father Arsenault, a priest with the Archdiocese of Moncton New Brunswick, was quietly removed from his parish August 2012.  It wasn’t until December 2012 that Catholics learned that there were sex abuse allegations against Arsenault.  As many of you know, this one has been difficult to follow.  Here is my understanding of what has transpired since Father Arsenual suddenly ceased “ministering” to the flock at Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church, Moncton (Queen of All Saints Parish =- Saints Augustine and Michael in Moncton, and Saint Lawrence OToole in Irishtown, New Brunswick ).

In December 2013, Father Arsenault was charged  with three counts of indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency.   There were four complainants.

Eventually there were charges laid in the Miramichi area of New Brunwsick and eventually, between Moncton and the Miramichi, there were numerous charges with, I believe,  nine complainants.  Along the way some charges were withdrawn.

In October 2016 Father Arsenaut entered a GUILTY plea to 9 of 29 charges – the Miramichi charges ended up merged with those of Moncton and became part of whatever deal was struck.

Tomorrow those victims who wish to do so will give their victim impact statements.  The Crown and Defence will each argue.propose  what sentence each thinks appropriate. There may well be psychiatric reports presented by both sides, and probably a case made by defence to mitigate whatever sentence might be his due because, for example,  presumably Arsenault is not considered a threat and because he spared his victims the horror of a trail  by pleading guilty and so on.  There may be character witnesses for  Father Arsenault who will testify in person, and/or letters by former parishioners supportive of the priest.

Whatever happens, the good news here is that all of you victims  saw it through.  You found the strength first to go to police, and then to persevere.  Well done.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I encourage those who can do so to attend the hearing tomorrow, both to support the victims and to see and hear what transpires.

As always, please keep the victims in you prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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A “solitary pleasure”?!!!

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Nearly four full years after he was charged Father Daniel Moreau  has concluded that, yes, indeed, he did spend hours ‘dabbling’ in child porn.  What, I wonder, prompted this extremely belated admission of guilt?

17 February 2017:  “The priest and former Scout Daniel Moreau pleads guilty” & related article & original French texts

It never ceases to amaze me how long it takes so many of these men to think, – and think and think some more – before finally determining that ‘oh yes, now that I think about it, I did do it.’

Did you see this.  I realize it’s a google translation, but think it’s probably fairly accurate:

Daniel Moreau’s lawyer, Gilles Thibault, admitted to the judge that the amount of juvenile pornographic files was “significant”.

“But despite Mr. Moreau’s scouting throughout his life, no one came forward to complain about gestures, attempts or maneuvers of sexual touching. No victim filed a complaint. It’s more like a solitary pleasure, “he said.

Mr. Thibault is joking, is he not?  As a lawyer he surely is well aware of the fact that  victims of clerical sexual abuse take decades to come forward – often 30, 40 – even as long as 70 years?

As for Thibault minimizing the crimes of his priest client’s perverted infatuation and obsession with child pornography by referring to it as a “solitary pleasure,” I am at a loss for words.

Anyway, Father Daniel Moreau’s next court date is:

26 April 2014:  sentencing hearing, Sorel-Tracy Quebec courthouse, Quebec

Please keep all those who have been negatively impacted by this priest in your prayers, and please pray that if there any who were sexually abused by this priest they will find the courage and strength to contact police.

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The next court date for previously convicted and currently incarcerated former church organist Brian Lucy is:

10 March 2017: 2 pm, judicial pre-trial (NOT open to the public) Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

As I said elsewhere, his pre-trial hearing of yesterday was, for reasons unknown, adjourned and has been rescheduled to the above date.

Note again that this upcoming court date is NOT open to the public.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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He’s lost his sex drive, poor dear soul

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For those who may have missed the sad and disturbing news,  clerical molester Father Jacques Faucher, was sentenced yesterday to one year house arrest and 18 months probation:

16 February 2017:  “House arrest for the ex-priest Jacques Faucher” & original French text

16 February 2017:  “Former priest Jacques Faucher given house arrest for molesting choir boys” & related article

According to the google translation in the first posting:

Judge Pierre Roger referred to a psychiatric report revealing that the ex-priest no longer had any sexual urges. In his decision on Thursday, it states that “this report indicates that today Mr. Faucher is not sexually active, that he has been suffering from sexual dysfunction for two or three years, that he has lost interest in Sexuality and that he has no impulses “.

First, Faucher is still a priest.  That may be an error in translation, but, to my knowledge, Faucher is still very much a priest:  he has not been defrocked/laicized.

That aside, in light of Faucher’s numerous violations of his release conditions I can not for a moment fathom why any judge , or anyone for that matter, would put stock in a report by anyone alleging that Faucher has not had any sexual drive for the past two to three years.

Why would anyone suppose that Faucher risked violating a court order numerous times to lurk around swimming pools watching children running around in bathing suits?  I don’t think it takes rocket science to sort that out?

I suppose that there is a remote possibility that Justice Roger was not advised of the breach conviction and” sentencing.”  If not, why not?

Surely the circumstances surrounding the breach alone are sufficient to appeal this “sentence”?

The breach and ‘lack of sexual drive aside,” what ever happened to holding criminals accountable for their crimes?  Have we slipped so far into a  ‘be kind and charitable to molesters’ abyss that those who molest, deceive, lie and betray with abandon for a lifetime without being caught are rewarded?  And, rest assured – at least as far as I am concerned – house arrest is a reward.  When it comes to being held accountable for the lifetime of damage that he has inflicted upon his victims and their families, does it matter whether Faucher does or does not have a sex drive? and whether this priest’s sex drive did or did not disappear two or three years ago?

Why do the large percentage of judges never ever see the cover-up and deception and lying of the molester as a negative?  To put it another way, why should a clerical molester, or any molester for that matter,  be rewarded if he can just buy time by continuing to lie, deceive, betray and cover-up until he’s  perceived as aged and grey?

Poor Father Faucher.  He’s 80-years-old.  He’s lost his sex drive.   Let’s give the poor dear soul a break.   House arrest.

This sickens me.

What about the damage done to those boys?  To their families?  To the countless Catholics who were so sorely betrayed by this wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Where is the justice?

And, yes, I do refer to him as “Father.”  I realize that upset many, and I understand why, however, that is the reality of the situation.   We are talking about convicted child molester Father Jacques Faucher.

That’s an oxymoron, is it not?   ” convicted child molester Father Jacques Faucher”?  The truth is that until someone decides that a predator like this does not belong in the priesthood, that’s the reality.  Father Facuher, convicted child molester.

A sad state of affairs indeed, both in and out of the Church.  Tolerance for the unconscionable and abhorrent acts of child molesters abounds.

Back to the ruling…

Let’s hope an pray that the Crown appeals this insult of a sentence.  It truly is an insult to every one of those victims who first found the courage to go to police, and then set aside four years of their lives to see justice done.  Please keep them all, and their families, in your prayers.

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The next court date for previously convicted child molester Father Barry McGrory is:

08 March 2017: 08:30 am.  “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #5, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.

Father McGrory, a priest with the Archdiocese of Ottawa, entered a guilty  plea August 1993 to a charge of sex assault of 17-year-old native boy.   These new sex abuse charges were laid 25 November 2016.

Please keep the victims and complainants in your prayers:

 

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The following two articles are of interest regarding dollars paid in out-of-court settlements:.

17 February 2017:  Australian catholic church pays $212m to abuse victims  

15 February 2017:  Pacific News Minute: Sex Abuse Charges Against Priests in Guam Spread to CNMI

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There are a multitude of articles out regarding the Holy Father writing the preface to a book written by Daniel Pittet, a victim of clerical sexual abuse:

16 February 2017:  “‘I humbly ask for forgiveness,’ pontiff tells victims of clergy sex abuse” & related articles

I commend Daniel Petit for speaking out, and for finding the grace to forgive his molester.  As most of you would probably agree, the forgiveness of his molester is a huge step.  People often think that forgiving negates the pursuit of justice.  No, it does not.  There can be forgiveness while seeking seeking justice.

Anyway, I shall wait to see what the Pope does.  I await the day  a decision is made to defrock every known molester in the priesthood.  That wiull truy be the start of addressing the blight of predatory priest.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

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Court news

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Court news:

(1)  Father Jacques Faucher (convicted molester, Ottawa Archdiocese)

So, on the breach of release charge Father Faucher entered a guilty plea on 01 February 2017:  He was sentenced to 40 days in jail with recognition for the 28 days he had already served.  As I mentioned before, a ragged and unshaven Faucher carrying a brown paper bag in each hand was spotted walking towards his home in Gatineau on 08 February 2017.

There you go.  A convicted molester violates his release conditions by hanging around the children’s swimming pool and that’s it:   “Tut. Tut. Bad bad boy!”

I have no idea what happened to the previously scheduled court date of 13 February.  According to the court clerk with whom I spoke the matter wrapped up 01 February.

Faucher was due in an Ottawa courtroom at 2 pm this afternoon for sentencing on his sex abuse convictions.   I have seen no word yet on the outcome.

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

(2)  Nathan Labatt (Former youth volunteer with Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan Youth Ministry)

The next court date for Nathan Labatt on his Humboldt, Saskatchewan charges is:

03 March 2017:  Pre-trial hearing (NOT open to the public), Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench courthouse (520 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK)

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

(3)  Barry McGrory (previously convicted molester, Archdiocese of Ottawa)

I am awaiting a call back with information on the next court date.

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

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Oh no! I just saw the news.  House arrest for Father Jacques Faucher!  House arrest!!!!  I am going to post the articles now .

I am sick.  Please please keep those victims in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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