Father Linus Bastien is due in court tomorrow morning: 09:30 am, court room #6, Windsor, Ontario courthouse.
I believe that tomorrow morning will see Bastien answer to the 18 new charges, and probably the old and these new charges will be joined so that there no longer be the two sets of charges winding through the system.
As always I encourage those who can do so to attend. And, as always, please relay news of the outcome, either with a comment, or a link to media coverage.
Please keep the complainants in your prayers.
Believe it or not, despite facing 19 sex charges from at least five complainants, ex-priest Gabriele Del Bianco, is still counselling and has allegedly set up business under a new name, optimistically called: “After the Storm.”
I had heard before Christmas that Del Bianco briefly planned to get out of the counselling business. He had expressed an interest in landscaping so the thought was that he was going to open a landscaping company. However, no sooner was the word out that he was getting out of counselling than Del Bianco was setting up new counselling appointments – for mid December.
Now the word is that Del Bianco has a new business (After the Storm) which I suppose means the other is defunct?
No matter. I am told this is the message which went out by mail unveiling After the Storm:
The news of my retirement was greatly exaggerated!! It has been humbling to hear from so many clients hoping that I might decide to continue to offer my services though in a down sized manner.
It has been quite a year but as I have often taught we cannot control the storms-we can only build lighthouses to help us make our way towards shore and avoid the rocks that inhabit the shallow waters. I myself have learned a lot each time I have had to build a light house in my own life. I hope my own personal storm experiences have added to my ability as a counsellor by increasing my empathy, compassion and understanding. I hope to help a few more light houses to be built for those of you who are facing or have faced a storm or two.
The key to life is often to spend less time looking backward at the “should’s” and “what if’s” and celebrate instead new beginnings and new possibilities. Then, our greatest trials and tribulations can become a new wisdom with which to value ourselves. After all, success in life often involves many new beginnings.
Our new beginning is called “After the Storm” helping you pick through the debris and decide on what to build anew. I will be taking on only 40 clients. Therefore, if you or anyone you know would like to access my new service in 2012, please call to place your name on our list. After we have forty names, we will only add clients if one of the 40 ceases to require our services. even if you already have an appointment booked in 2012, call us to verify that you want to continue to access our service.
I did a little asking around before Christmas trying to find out how this man could possibly be functioning as a counsellor while he is facing criminal charges of a sexual nature. To date what I understand is that he is apparently accountable to no one – anyone, it seems, can hang up a shingle and offer counseling services.
Does anyone know any more on this? I am floored.
Yes, I fully understand that Del Bianco has to put food on the table, but I can not understand how he can or is allowed to do so by offering counselling services to the vulnerable in our society.
Anyway, there is it is, ex-priest and accused molester Gabriele Del Bianco seems to think he has weathered the storm – now he is going to help the wounded, vulnerable and/or broken souls in society build lighthouses to weather the storms in their lives!
Surely there has to be some provincial agency somewhere which keeps tabs on those who offer themselves as counsellors?
I had to spend more time on technical details on the site today. One of my plug-ins was causing me heart-ache – it took a while to realize that the plug-in was my problem. It had fallen behind on a WordPress update and was no longer compatible. I have now removed the plug-in and found a replacement which is compatible with the new WP and will do the same job as well if not better.
Enough for now,