With a weapon!

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We are heading back down to the States this morning and will be there through Christmas and into the New Year.

Thankfully our grandson is out of the hospital and holding his own.  Thank you so much for your prayers.  Please keep praying.

*****

My deepest apologies to those of you who are still waiting for a reply to your email.   I’m not sure that I will have any opportunity to get to them while in the States.  I will however answer them when I can.

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I had promised a number of days ago to post some articles related to news of the scandal  engulfing St. Michael’s College School, a ‘prestigious’  all boys school in Toronto run by the scandal plagued Basilians.  Here it is.  I had hoped to write a fairly in depth blog regarding the ‘duty to report’ but circumstances have dictated otherwise.  I will just make a few observations and name a few familiar names.

22 November 2018:  “St. Michael’s College president, principal resign amid student sex-assault probe” & related articles

This truly is beyond comprehension.  Six boys – all 14 and 15 years of age – charged.  Not one.  Not two.  Not four.  SIX!

Six boys in their early teens facing charges of  assault, gang sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon.

With a weapon!

Indeed.  With a weapon I assume references the allegations of a group of boys sodomizing a 14-year-old boy with the handle of a broom .

Where in the name of all that’s good and holy would  boys of that age come up with the idea of sodomizing  a 14-year-old boy with a broom handle?

Naive I may be, but I honestly can not fathom what would even make boys that age think of such a thing,  much less do it.

And this in a Roman Catholic school, where, sad to say, the unwitting parents of all those boys dug deep into their pockets to ensure that their sons receive what is deemed by many to be a good sound and  solid Roman Catholic education.

The one good here is that that six boys have been charged.  And rightly so.

St. Michael’s College School & a  few infamous Basilians

I confess that I hear St. Michael’s College School and I instantly think of  a number of predatory Basilians who either taught or studied at the prestigious boy’s school.  Look at this,  spanning from the 40s to the early 90s!:

(1) CAMPBELL:  Father Leo Campbell csb

Basilian priest.  Ordained 1974.  Born in Dominion, Cape Breton Island.  Principal at St. Micheal’s College School from 1988 to 1993.  Allegations of sex abuse reported in 2008. Father Leo Campbell died shortly afterwards.  There have been many men who allege childhood sex abuse at the hands of Father Leo Campbell.

(2) FALLONA:  Father Michael Fallona csb

Canadian.  Basilian priest. Ordained 1967.   Taught at Sr. Michael’s College School in early 60s.   Sued 2009 – allegations sex abuse of 13-year-old girl.

(3) HANNAH:  Father Jack Hanna csb

American.  Studied at St. Michael’s College University, Toronto.

February 2013 suspended from teaching (at St. Thomas High School, Houston, Texas) and ministry for “misconduct”

(4) MARSHALL:  Father William Hodgson Marshall csb

LAICIZED.  Canadian. Formerly Basilian priest.   Ordained 1951.  Attended St. Michael’s College school in early to mid 50s.  Taught in other  Basilian schools and served in various communities including: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Sudbury, Ontario;  Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Windsor Ontario.   GUILTY pleas 2011 to numerous charges related to sex abuse of young boys and one female.  Died 2014.

(5) O’KEEFE:  Father Kenneth O’Keefe csb

Canadian. Basilian priest.  Graduated from St. Michael’s College School in1942.  Taught at St. Michael’s College School  early to mid 50s. Ordained 1958.  August 2010 charged.  GUILTY pleas 2012 and 2013.  No jail time.  Living in Toronto

(6)  WHYTE:  Father Robert Whyte csb

Canadian.  Basilian priest.  Ordained 1947.  Taught at St. Michael’s College School in the mid 40s and into early 50s.  Sent for “treatment” in 1977 then back teaching.   1990 GUILTY plea to indecently assaulting young boys over 20 year period.    Died 2014.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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He denies

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Father Brian Boucher took the stand in his own defence yesterday:

22 November 2018:  “Montreal priest takes the stand and denies allegations in sexual abuse trial” & related articles

Boucher denies .

He will be cross-examined today.  Pray that the Crown is sharp and asks the right questions.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

I will be out this morning so must run.  I will also post coverage of the scandal enveloping the Basilian-operated St. Michael’s College school in Toronto.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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No word yet on voir dire ruling

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The first sex abuse trial of Father Brian Boucher continues today in Montreal Quebec

Yes, there in fact two trials, the one currently underway dealing with the charges stemming from the allegations of the first complainant to contact police; the second in January 2019 dealing with the allegations of two other complainants.  As I understand it one of the latter two complainants testified this week during a “voire dire” .  Since Boucher’s defence lawyer is apparently essentially arguing that the current complainant made it all up, the Crown hopes  to present “similar fact” evidence from another complainant in order to buttress the allegations of the complainant in this trial .  This was done during a voire dire  – an opportunity for the Crown to present the evidence (ie., second complainant testimony) with the hope that the judge will concur that that testimony can become evidence.   There were arguments presnted by both sides after hearing the similar fact evidence pro and con the judge.  The judge is supposed to rule today as to whether or not he/she will allow the testimony of that second complainant to stand as evidence.  I see no reports regarding the ruling as yet.  If anyone sees or hears something please post or let me know.

There are a  series of articles regarding the testimony of the complainants:

20 November 2018:  “‘I blocked it out,’ alleged victim testifies in sexual abuse trial of Fr. Brian Boucher” & related article

20 November 2018:  Second man testifies at Montreal priest’s sexual assault trial

Reading the accounts of complainants never gets easier, does it?It never gets easier

Please keep all the complainants in your prayers.

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The following three names have been added to the list of Accused:

(1)  Father Arthur Lavoie omi

Father Albert Lavoie was an Oblate priest wo served in Northern Ontario for most if not all of his priesthood.  He was ordained in 1932, and died in 1991.    He is identified as a serial sexual abuse of children in the following legal document:

01September 2017:  Lavoie Larry Philip Fontaine et al and The Attorney General of Canada et al – Factum of the Appellants re St Annes Indian Residential School

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

(2) Father Edward Cormier

Father Edward Cormier was a priest with the Archdiocese of Moncton New Brunswick.  He was ordained in 1949.  As you see, my information regarding the allegations – and Father Cormier himself – is very limited.  Any further information is most welcome.

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

(3)  Father Paul Avallone SDB

Father Avallone was a Salesian priest (Salesians of Don Bosco) wh served in  boys schools operated by the Salesians in both Canada and the United States.  Avallone’s name appears on the list of credibly accused recently posted by the Archdiocese of New Orleans on its website .

The time frame listed for abuse perpetrated by Avallone is the late 50s to early 60s.  Father Avallone served in Canada from 1955 to 1960.  I beleive it is fair to conclude that Father Avallone was molesting during the years he spent at  St. Patrick High School in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

I have no idea when Salesian officials first became aware that Avallone was a child molester, but I will say that I got chills as I put this information together and  saw the revered priest transferred from St. Patrick’s in Sherbrooke to serve in other boys schools in the United States.

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

*****

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States 🙂

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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Telling?

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A page for Father Malcolm D’Souza has been added to the Accused list.

As a said elsewhere,  it is strange, indeed in light of the allegations I would now be inclined to say telling, that after years serving as a Pastor at several parishes Bishop Fred Henry suddenly decided to assign Father D’Souza  to assist at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, High River & St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Vulcan, Alberta.

I will leave it at that for now.

If anyone has further information to add and/or fill in the gaps please pass it along.

Please, as always, remember the complainants in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Speaking of Bishop Fred Henry ….

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The page for Father Maurice O. Charbonneau (Father Moe) has been added. Father Moe Charbonneau, a priest with the Diocese of London Ontario ordained in 1994, was suspended after reports of several incidences of “inappropriate adult relationship” over several years.

The age and gender of the these “adults” is, at this time, unknown.

Note that according to the the following article Father Charbonneau  was scheduled to serve in the Diocese of Grand Falls Newfoundland for two years commencing January 2005:

  “West Ag Alumni Called to Serve”

Does anyone know if in fact Father Moe Charbonnau did spend time in Newfoundland in the mid 2000s?

Please all those keep those who have been betrayed by Father Father Charbonneau in your prayers.

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The following information has been posted regarding Father Mark Buckley.

21 September 2017:    The Alberta Teachers Association Report of the Hearing Committee of the Professional Conduct Committee in the Matter of Charges of Unprofessional Conduct against Mark Patrick Buckley Sept 2018

October 2018:  Principal loses teaching certificate after keeping school like a ‘petting zoo,’ having sexual encounter in a classroom

30 August 2018:  Restaurant patio a Chipmunk 401

Read it all and weep.

If you don’t know the background, read :  Friends in High Places.

I wonder what would have happened had Bishop Fred Henry not given Buckley safe have in the Diocese of Calgary back in 1998?

And yes, I am trying yet again to find out if this man is still a Roman Catholic priest.

Please all those keep those who have been betrayed by Father Mark Buckley in your prayers.

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Speaking of  Bishop Fred Henry and the Diocese of Calgary…

There is yet another name to add to the growing list.

Father Malcolm D’Souza.

Father D’Souza was ordained by Bishop Fred Henry for the Diocese of Calgary Alberta in 2002.

Yes.  2002.  Sixteen short years ago.

Anyway, I have been looking around to get together what information I can on a page.  I will continue and will get together a page o Father Malcolm D’Souza.    I will let you know as soon as the page is posted.  Until then,  here is some information regarding d’Souza.

Calgary priest removed from local parishes following allegations of sexual misconduct

Global News

28 October 2018

File: St. Mark's Parish in Calgary.

File: St. Mark’s Parish in Calgary.

Global News

A priest who has worked at Catholic parishes around southern Alberta has been put on administrative leave after allegations of sexual misconduct were brought forward to the Diocese of Calgary.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary made the announcement in an official statement released on Saturday.

The diocese said it received allegations of sexual misconduct involving two minors and several adults by Fr. Malcolm D’Souza. The incidents are alleged to have taken place at St. Mark’s Parish in Calgary between 2010 and 2016, according to the diocese’s statement.

The statement said diocese officials have contacted law enforcement authorities and “there will be no further comments until the investigation has been completed.”

The statement said Bishop McGrattan removed D’Souza from the St. Bernard’s and Assumption parishes, where he was most recently working, and placed him on administrative leave.

A Calgary Police Service spokesperson said on Sunday that there is “no active investigation by the Sex Crimes Unit into this incident as of yet,” adding that the CPS has been in contact with the diocese.

The statement is being announced this weekend at all masses in every parish where the priest has served in the Diocese of Calgary.

Global News has not been able to reach D’Souza for comment.

Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward to police, Patricia Jones, the chair of the Sexual Abuse Misconduct Committee at 1-833-547-8360, or Fr. Tim Boyle, the bishop’s delegate, at 1-403-330-5923.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Time will tell

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The page for Father Andrew A. Dwyer (Andy Dwyer) is posted.  As always , if you can do so, please fill in any of the gaps in the timelines.

I have no idea what this is all about.  Time will tell.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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One posted – another to start

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The page for Father Roland Lanoie is posted.  If anyone can fill in any of the gaps in the timelines please do so.

Please, as always in situations such as this, keep the complainant in your prayers.

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I will begin putting together a page on Father Andy Dwyer, a priest with the Diocese of London Ontario who was removed from ministry last month.  Here is an article related to that suspension:

Diocese suspends Windsor priest after ‘credible allegations’ surface

The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has removed a Windsor priest from his churches after receiving “credible allegations” of inappropriate conduct.

The Windsor Star
Updated: September 27, 2018

Trevor Wilhelm
The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has removed a Windsor priest from his churches after receiving “credible allegations” of inappropriate conduct.

The allegations against Rev. Andy Dwyer, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa’s parishes, “relate to actions of many years ago,” according to the diocese.

“There is no good time for such an announcement,” the diocese said in an emailed statement. “It is particularly hard to hear and deal with this news in light of the recent revelations in the United States. Even so, we remain vigilant and faithful during this trying time in order to ensure a safe environment in our parishes and institutions.”

Diocese spokesman Nelson Couto said he could not comment on the nature of the allegations. But “the recent revelations” in the U.S. mentioned by the diocese relates to sexual abuse. Couto confirmed the statement was in reference to a massive child sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania.

The diocese also didn’t reveal if a parishioner made the allegations or how many potential victims, if any, could be involved.

A grand jury report last month revealed that Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania covered up sexual abuse against children going as far back as the 1940s. The report identified 301 priests who abused more than 1,000 victims.

Windsor police wouldn’t reveal if they have launched a criminal investigation into the allegations against Dwyer.

“On a general case basis, we don’t comment on whether we are investigating or whether we are not investigating — to protect the privacy of everybody involved, from the complainants, victims, accused people — unless there’s a public safety issue,” said Const. Andrew Drouillard.

The Diocese of London said it is investigating the allegations against Dwyer. While the “actions” in question go back many years, the diocese said the allegations only surfaced recently.

The diocese said that under its “A Safe Environment Policy,” any priest, deacon or lay ecclesial minister facing “credible allegations” is removed from duty during the course of the investigation.

“This is our policy and this is clearly how the Diocese of London handles these matters now,” church officials wrote in the statement.

Earlier this month, Bishop Ronald Fabbro wrote “a letter to the faithful” touting the policy.

“It includes a number of sound procedures to prevent abuse from happening,” he wrote. “A priest who commits an offence against a minor or any other vulnerable person is removed from ministry. My goal is to protect people against abuse.”

Fabbro’s letter also made direct reference to the Pennsylvania scandal in his letter.

“It is devastating to read the accounts of profound evil that occurred in our Church,” Fabbro wrote. “Since I have been bishop, I have met with survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their families. It was heart-wrenching to listen to their stories of the pain and the sufferings they have endured throughout their entire lives — sometimes for 30, 40 or 50 years after the abuse occurred.”

He noted that the grand jury report details the “failures” of bishops who moved priests around to cover up the abuse.

“The cover-up was terribly wrong,” he wrote. “Catholics are rightly outraged that the bishops failed to put a stop to the abuse. How could they have failed so grievously in their calling to be shepherds of their people and in their responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us?”

Fabbro didn’t mention the history of similar cover-ups in the London diocese, but he did acknowledge it has dealt with abuse cases of its own.

“The clergy abuse crisis has brought to light the brokenness in our Church,” Fabbro wrote. “For these wounds to heal, we must first acknowledge our brokenness before the Lord. We must do penance in reparation for the grave sins committed. And, we — bishops, priests and lay people — must be courageous in carrying out the reforms needed in our Church.”

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I’m having a time and a half trying to keep on top of things right now, but, I’ll keep picking away and do my very best to get things posted where they can be found

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Another name

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I am in the process of putting together a page on Father Rolan Lanoie, a priest with the Archdiocese of St. Boniface Manitoba who is now facing four counts of sexual assault and one of indecent assault.

Essentially it turns out that during his years as chaplain at the St. Boniface General Hospital Father Lanoie , along with a nun-chaplain and a non-denominational chaplain, became embroiled in a sort of labour dispute with claims that they were bullied and verbally abused by  their boss (a priest who was the spiritual care director).   In 2010, after more than a year of hearings, a labour arbitrator ruled against the trio, stating in part that “The complaints of harassment and abuse in this case were entirely without merit.”

A mess.  When I happened on the first reference to this nonsense  I spent some time trying to get the gist of it sorted out.  I could not believe what I was reading!  Anyway, I think at this point I have done all I can do there, so now it’s just a case of going through a few more Canadian Catholic Church Directories and finding out what else I can regarding where Father Lanie was when.

All being well  I should be posting the page tomorrow.  Until then, here is one of several articles which heralded the charges against Father Roland Lanoie

Retired priest charged with sexually assaulting youth at St. Boniface seminary in ’80s

Winnipeg Free Pres

Posted: 10/15/2018 12:45 PM | Last Modified: 10/16/2018 10:18 AM

I will post a note when the page is posted.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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He that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me…

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The name of Father Peter Hung Cong Tran OP and link to page with further information has been added to the added to Accused page.  If anyone knows where and/or when Father Tran was ordained would you please pass along the information?

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The new CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) sex abuse guidelines have been posted:

2018:  Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse:  A call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation

One quick comment, for now…

Do you see any intent – or even desire- on the part of the bishops to have all credibly accused and convicted clerical molesters defrocked/released from the clerical state/laicized?  No.  Neither do I.

Lest we forget.  The Gospel according to St. Matthew 18:6,7

But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.    Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh.

Our Lord goes on to say

And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet…And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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My own backyard

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Yes, we are back home.  I’m not certain how long we’ll be back but we are definitely back for a spell.  Please keep the prayers going.   Our grandson is holding his own, but as we have learned during the past weeks this is a long long process with many many ups and downs along the way.  It truly is a roller coaster.

I will start picking away at catching up on Sylvia’s Site .  There has been no shortage of news of scandals while I was away. has there?  But, as hard as it is to stomach at times and as often as I remind myself, in truth, it’s all for the best.

There are countless articles which I eventually want to get posted, particularly those dealing with the Cardinal McCarrick scandal and cover-ups, however,  I will start with the latest  news regarding two priest from my own back yard here in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

(1)  Father Joe LeClair

It’s nigh to four short years since Father Joe LeClair was released from jail, having served 2/3 of of a one year sentence for theft and fraud which transpired while he was pastor at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa, Ontario.  And, it’s been a little over two years since Father LeClair  entered a guilty plea to charges related to drunk driving in Guelph Ontario where he had been recycled shortly after he got out of jail (he  served  as an assistant at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church).

19 September 2018:  “Father Joe, convicted of theft and fraud, returns to serve Catholic faithful in Ottawa” & related article

13 September 2018:   Letter to Priests from Archbishop Prendergast re return of Father Joe Leclair

I have said it before and will say it again.  Father LeClair should be defrocked.  He needs to take care of his own soul and get it in order.  There are no favours being done here, for Father LeClair or anyone else.

That’s all I will say right now.

(2)  Father Barry McGrory

I am saddened to read that one the Father Barry McGrory complainants has died.  My he now rest in peace.

And, a trial date has finally been set for this previously convicted priest:

27 August 2018:  Two sex abuse charges dropped against priest after complainant dies

As I say. I will pick away at getting articles posted in the coming days.  I will also do my best to get back to those of you who contacted me by email over the past weeks.  And, I will try to post a nice picture from Scotland or Ireland with each blog .  Here’s today’s”

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, this is a two lane road, this one in the Inishowen peninsula en route to to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point.  And yes, we managed to get by 🙂

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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