So something HAS been happening in New Brunswick after all. This is the Google translation of a French article which appeared on the CBC Radio-Canada website:
06 December 2010: Other priests shamed
As always it is not the best translation, but suffice to give us an idea of what’s happening.
A group of victims – Citizens for New Brunswick (if that’s the correct translation) – is pressing the Bathurst diocese to release the names of their molesters. I am assuming that this relates to the Bathurst Diocese/Bastrache ‘compensation’ process. Some time back we learned through former Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache that a number of clergy were identifed as molesters: Bastarache would not release their names.
Whatever the reason, way to go Conrad Brideau and all those who are lobbying the diocese to do the right thing.
Brideau released the names of two clerical molesters: Fathers Abel Laviolette and Gerard Gautreau. I was able to put together a little information on Father Gerard Gautreau. I am unable however to sort out who Father Abel Laviolette is. I think perhaps he has another given name and is listed under that? Can anyone help me on this? I need an idea of what years and where he served in the Bathurst Diocese. Please either post the information here or contact me privately via the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing on this in the English language media. Not a boo. Perhaps tomorrow?
And still not a boo on the diocese/Bastarache compensation package. Something is surely amiss there. The courts rolled over and sealed the files. Then the courts rolled over again and gave the Bathurst Diocese the judicial nod to raid the the seminarian Trust Fund to compensate the victims. All seemed to be going according to Hoyle. But, the 01 December 2010 deadline for victims opting into the process is now well past and still not one single public word hailing the culmination of what was supposedly a ground-breaking process.
What’s going on? Whatever it is the diocese has decided to stay mum. So has Bastarache. And whatever it is, it can’t be good. If there were cause for rejoicing and back patting we’d surely have heard something by now.
Strangely enough, the media has gone mum on this too. Why?
I pray that the victims are holding strong. Meanwhile all those victims who are pressing the diocese to do the right thing and release the names of ALL known clerical molesters, keep the pressure on and keep up the good fight: it’s a battle which shouldn’t need to be fought, but given the lack of diocesan transparency it’s a battle which must be fought.
Enough for now,