Archbishop Plourde 1988 ‘letter’: reference presentation by Dr. John Bradford “for priests only”

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Archbishop’s Office                                                                                      Bureau de l’Archeveque

1247 Kilborn Avenue                                                                                    1247, avenue Kilborn

Ottawa, Ont K1H 6K9                                                                                  Ottawa, Ont K1H 6K9

January 8, 1988

(No 3)


My dear brother priests and co-workers:

As we begin another year in the service of Our Lord Jesus Christ and  His Church, I wish each and every one of you a very Happy, Holy and fulfilling New Year!

I would like to thank you very much for having been so coopera­tive, so generous and so welcoming to me as our paths crossed during the past year. I sincerely appreciate and value your friendship, your support and especially your prayers.

Although we’ve only been back at work for a few days, I already have many items to pass on to you.

  1. Next Pastoral Meeting:

Our Pastoral Meeting will be held on February 10 for the French sector and on February 11 for the English sector, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The program will be as follows:       in the morning, a time for prayer and a conference which I will give on The .Spirituality of the Dioce­san Priest. This will be followed by another presentation by Dr. John Bradford of the Royal Ottawa Hospital. His presentation will be for priests  only. In the afternoon, the Catholic Office for Immigrants will present a pastoral project that it has drawn up for the next five years and which concerns all the parishes. I feel that this project is of great importance in view of the devastating effects that certain sects are having in their area of work. It is a matter which certainly affects each of our con­sciences.

  1. First Reconciliation and First Eucharist:

Having consulted with catechists and canoeists, I have come to the following decision concerning the order in which First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are to be celebrated.

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[this is page 1 of a four page letter.  The letter is signed

Fraternally yours in Christ and Mary our Mother.

Joseph Aurele Plourde

Archbishop of Ottawa

By request of the Archbishop.

Msgr. Roger Morin, P.A.

Chancellor ]

One Response to Archbishop Plourde 1988 ‘letter’: reference presentation by Dr. John Bradford “for priests only”

  1. Sylvia says:

    Now what would Dr. John Bradford have been telling the priests of the Archdiocese of Ottawa back in 1988? And why did Archbishop Plourde decide that Bradford should address the priests? And, how often was he called upon to have such private sessions?

    Dr. Bradford is the forensic psychiatrist who was retained by Bishop Raymond Lahey and his defence lawyer to assess Lahey. Bradford was sworn in as an expert witness at the Lahey trial – it was Bradford who told court that Lahey poses no threat to anyone, and that, even though he had porn pictures of very young boys Lahey is not a paedophile. In essence my understanding was Bradford concluded that Lahey is not attracted to young boys because Lahey said he wasn’t attracted to young boys.

    From my perspective the judge hung onto his every word.

    I don’t know. There is something about reading that Bradford was having private session with the priests of the Archdiocese of Ottawa back in the late 80s which bothers me.

    Was Father Ken Keeler in that particular session? I would imagine he was. Archbishop Plourde was a stickler for insisting that his priests attend such gatherings.

    Keeler was convicted in 1993.

    Dr. Bradford concluded that Keeler “presents no current danger to the community save and except should he re-engage in the consumption of alcohol or — and combine that with the being in the presence of young persons.”

    All of that aside, isn’t it a little strange to say the least that for all the episcopal wails of “We didn’t know’ and ‘We didn’t understand’ Archbishop Plourde at least knew enough and understood enough of something to have Dr. Bradford in to have a little chitty-chat with the priests of the archdiocese?

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