As promised, I will be getting on with posting some new information on the sex abuse scandal at St. Mary’s International School in Japan. I started the day however with getting a few items posted regarding cases before the courts and then adding a few other articles of note.
So, first the latest posts – then I will get back to work on the SMIS material.
(i) Nathan Labatt (Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan)
The case has been adjourned again. Labatt’s lawyer did not appear in the Humboldt courtroom: he made a phone call!
13 April 2015: Second Adjournment in Labatt Case
Such adjournments, by the way, are not at all unusual.
So, the next courtdate for the former youth volunteer with Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan Youth Ministry facing child porn charges is:
04 May 2015: Humboldt courthouse, Humboldt, Sask (805 8th Avenue)
(ii) Father Paul-Andre Harvey Archdiocese of Chicoutimi, Quebec)
Father Paul Andre Harvey has been committed to stand trial. The priest, who first faced sex abuse related charges in January 2012, has opted for trial by judge alone. The trial date has yet to be set. That could take a while.
According to recent media coverage, Father Harvey now faces a total of 75 charges related to allegations from 40 women who were between the ages of 6 and 23 when they allege they were abused, and one from a woman who was aged 23 at the time. The allegations of abuse span from 1960 to 2000.
I am reliant here again on a google translation of the articles. If there are serious errors in the translation please let me know or post a comment of correction.
I was just checking his age. In January 2012 he was 75, so, he must be about 78 now?
Anyway, please keep the many complainants in your prayers. This has been a long ordeal for all, and, alas, it’s not over.
Links to a few articles have been posted on NEW to the site. I made comment on a couple, but not the following, so will do so now:
The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commenced public hearings again. this time in Rockhampton. Queensland, Australia regarding abuse at St Joseph’s Neerkol Orphanage.
As you see from the link, I tried to pull together several articles to try to capture the tales of horror which was suffered and endured by those poor little souls in the orphanage and which will be heard during this phase of the commission hearings..
The hearings are live-streamed. You will have to check the clock and time change – hearings commence at 10 am AEDT. As much as I would like to follow it all I don’t think I’ll be able to watch more than an hour or so here and there, but, there is talk that a former bishop will be called to take the stand – I think I will do my best to tune in for all of that.
You will find the link to the commission website (Australian Royal Commission) on the right-hand column under “Links of Interest.” Scroll down past Recent Posts and there it is. For now, click here to access the site
Say a special wee prayer for the victims who are testifying.
(2) 10 April 2015: St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson Claims He Wasn’t Sure Whether Sex
Does he have the slightest idea how preposterous that sounds? He may or may not have known that it was a crime for a priest sexually abuse a child?!!!!
Does he have any idea how ridiculous this circling of the wagons and dancing on the head of the proverbial legal pin sounds?
Enough for now,