Look at this!
This is a google translation but, if like me you are not bilingual, you will have no problem sorting out the general gist.
I was puzzled in March of this year when Moncton’s Archbishop Andre Richard headed off to St. Theresa of Avila in Cap Pelee to tell the victims of Father Camille Leger that he believes them and to apologize. I was both pleasantly surprised and utterly shocked. As I said at the time:
“Ever the skeptic I suppose, I can not help but wonder if there is perhaps a stack of allegations on file identifying Father Camille Leger as a molester?”
So, they did indeed know. We now know that in 1997 Normand Brun confronted Church officials about the abuse he endured as a child at the hands of Father Camille Leger. By the sound of it, in the twinkle of an eye the archdiocese put a cheque in hands. I think by the sound of it this was not a lawsuit, but rather a case of a victim personally confronting diocesan officials? and of officials in turn getting things ‘settled’ in great haste? If that is in fact the case, with that speedy response I am inclined to believe that officials were well aware of Father Leger’s perversions long before Normand Brun landed on their doorstep.
As you see, one of the officials who helped in whatever fashion to get that cheque into Normand Brown’s hands was none other than Valery Vienneau.
Vienneau is now Bishop of the scandal-plagued Diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick. It was Vienneau who brought in former Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache to ‘broker a deal’ with the many victims of clerical sex abuse in the Bathurst Diocese. They don’t like to acknowledge that that’s what it was all about and that’s why Bastarche was hired, but really, it was. We haven’t heard much of that deal lately have we? It was Vienneau who sought and received permission from the courts to raid the Bathurst seminary fund to pay of the settlements, and it was he who manged to have the courts agree to have all court files sealed
And it is Vienneau who flatly refuses to divulge the names of the many priests of his diocese who have been identified as molesters. It’s all top secret!
Father Valery Vienneau, a native of Cap Pele, became Vicar General of the Moncton archdiocese in 1997. I believe it would have been in his capacity as VG that he assisted then Bishop Ernest Leger settle this troublesome matter. (Archbishop Leger, by the way, had just been appointed Archbishop of Moncton in 1996)
I wonder how many of the victims of Father Camille Leger Vienneau knows personally? It’s not a large community. My guess is he knows quite a few.
I wonder too if Vienneau knew that Leger was molesting the boys in his community? I wonder had he, at the very least, heard rumours? Regardless, how crass that he didn’t go to his hometown as soon as he had talked to Normand Brun. Was there not an ounce of concern in his bones that there were other victims who were suffering? Did he not have concern for people he knew who might have been molested by Leger? Was he not a tad concerned that children of friends might have been abused by this predatory priest? Or, did he just want to see Brun silenced and sent on his way?
I suppose like Monsignor William Lynn he could tell us he was just following orders? Or that Bishop Leger forbade him him from pursuing the matter any further?
Bottom line; it looks like Vienneau was both well suited and chosen to climb the ladder of success.
I really would like to know more of Normand Brun’s dealing with officials of the Archdiocese of Moncton. If you are reading this Normand would you please get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) Even if you prefer not to contact me I still commend you for speaking up. Thank you 🙂
Enough for now,