Sullivan: MR. John E. Sullivan

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Father John E Sullivan – around 1967 0r 1968

 

Ex Priest, Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  Ordained 25 May 1958.  Defrocked/dismissed from the clerical state/laicized 05 September 2015

Charged 1989.  Eventually faced 32-charges related to allegations of sex abuse of nine boys age 9 to 12 between the years 1958 and 1979 (one source says 15).  GUILTY plea.

Sentenced to two years and six months. Lawsuits launched by three brothers alleging abuse by Sulllivan when he served as priest at Canadian Forces Base Falconbridge, Ontario. (Father Sullivan was NOT a military chaplain – he did serve as a diocesan priest at chapels on military bases)

Further criminal charge laid June 2012, and two more charges in Fall of 2012.

DIED 27 March 2016

Sullivan obituary updated

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23 March 2016:  Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi (Nuncio) reply to RobTalach letter of 29 February 2016  (advising, in part, that Father Sullivan was dismissed from the clerical state 05 September 2015, because “he had not exercised ministry since 1990…”)

29 February 2016:  Rob Talach letter to Nuncio (Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi) re the dismissal from the clerical state of Father John Sullivan

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10 February 2015:  Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation for the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie v. AXA Insurance (2015 ONSC 838)  (The Sault Ste Maire Diocese is ordered “to produce for examination for discovery” Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe to answer questions concerning Canon Law,  the policies and practices of the Diocese and the operation and oversight of the Diocese.  There is considerable mention in the decision of facts related to one of the diocese’s infamous sexual predators, Father John Sullivan.   The legal action however relates to 16 sexual claims against diocesan priests.  The diocese was arguing that it is insured.  AXA insurance was arguing that it is entitled in law to deny coverage on the basis of material misrepresentation, material non-disclosure and bad faith.  The position taken by the defendant is that the policy is void ab initio.)

Bishop Alexander Carter knew in 1960 that Father John E Sullivan was a child molester.  Sullivan was simply recycled

03 May 2016:  BLOG Connecting the dots

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08 November 2016:  Sudbury sex scandal resolved

04 May 2016:  BLOG  Did he have faculties?

30 April 2016: BLOG  Re infamous predator

10 April 2016:  Few attend funeral for priest who was a serial sex offender

04 April 2016:  Sudbury civil sexual abuse case ends in a settlement

05 April 2016:  BLOG Yes, they knew

02 April 2016:  Sudbury victim has harsh words for church

30 March 2016:  BLOG    Is he dead?

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20 June 2012: charge of gross indecency laid in relation to allegations dating to the late 60s.  09 October 2012 – another man has come forward alleging abuse by Father Sullivan  – two charges of gross indecency and one of buggery laid in relation to these allegations.  The latter charges relate to allegations dating to 1966 and 1967.

Died 26 March 2016 before standing trial.

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Bishops of Sault Ste. Marie Diocese since Father Sullivan’s ordination : Alexander Carter  (Coadjutor Bishop: 10 Dec 1956 – Bishop 22 November 1958 – 03 May 1985); Marcel André J. Gervais (03 May 1985 –  13 May 1989  when appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Ottawa, Ontario) ; Jean-Louis Plouffe (02 December 1989  – November 2015 ); Marcel Damphousse (12 November 2015- )

Auxiliary bishops:  Adolphe E. Proulx  (2 Jan 1965 – 28 April 1967 [ also served as Chancellor from 1960 – 1965] ); Roger-Alfred Despatie (20 May 1968 – 8 February 1973); Gérard Dionne ( 29 January 1975 – 23 November 1983);  Bernard Francis Pappin (29 January 1975 – 27 August 1998);  Jean-Louis Plouffe (12 Dec 1986 – Bishop 02 December 1989);  Paul-André Durocher ( 20 January 1997 – 27 April 2002); Robert Harris 26 October 2002 – 08 May 2007); Brian Joseph Dunn (16 July 2008 – 21 Nov 2009).

Archbishops of Toronto while Father John E Sullivan was in the Toronto Archdiocese: 

Gerald Emmett Carter  (29 April 1978 – 17 March 1990) ; Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic  (17 March 1990 – – 16 December 2006 )

Auxiliary Bishops of the Toronto Archdiocse while Father John E. Sullivan was serving

Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic (26 March 1976 – Coadjutor Archbishop: 22 May 1986); Michael Pearse Lacey (03 May 1979 – 31 May 1993); Robert Bell Clune  (03 May 1979 to 27 December 1995); Leonard James Wall  (03 May 1979 — 25 February 1992

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04 December 2010: Statement of Claim: J.J.J. and John E. Sullivan and the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Sault Ste Marie

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The following dates are drawn from the materials which I have on hand, specifically the Canadian Catholic Church directories (CCCD) of that date, the 1980 Ontario Catholic Directory (OCD), media (M) and legal documents (L)

27 March 2016:  DIED in Montreal

05 September 2015:  defrocked/laicized/dismissed from the clerical state) because, according to Archbishop Ladaria the Secretary of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith,  “he had not exercised ministry since 1990…”  I however have information that he was functioning as a priest within the Archdiocese of Montreal until at least 2002.

September 2013reports that he has been placed in a nursing home

09 October 2012:  news that another man has come forward alleging abuse by Father Sullivan.  Two more charges of gross indecency and one of buggery laid.

Sullivan in hospital in Montreal (M)

20 June 2012:  charged with gross indecency (M)

04 November 2011:  Lawsuit filed by P.S.S

2010:  boul De Roseraies, Anjou, Quebec  (CCCD)

2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994:  2533 De La Salle St., Montreal, PQ.  H1V 2L4  514-255-9882 (Cardinal/Archbishop Jean-Claude Turcotte) (CCCD)

1993, 1992, 1991:  not listed in directory (CCCD)

1992:  GUILTY plea to 32 offenses involving 13 altar boys.  One of the victims was P.J.J.  (M)

September 1990:  trial to be set

Winter 1989:  arrested at Mary Lake Monastery near Toronto (why was he at Marylake?)

–  according to obituary, retired in 1989

1985-86:  address for St. Mary of the People  570 Marion Ave., Oshawa, Ontario (Pastor: Father Thomas Melady) (this church is in the Archdiocese of Toronto – Cardinal/Archbishop Emmett Carter) (CCCD) (why was he serving in the Archdiocese of Toronto?)

sometime in early 80′s:  St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, Midland Ontario (P)

1980:  Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption, North Bay, Ontario (Rector Father D.J. MacLellan with Fathers A. McMillan, T. O’Connor and Fathers N.F. Clement and J.E. Sullivan in residence) (OCD)

-“officialis”  with the marriage tribunal and auxiliary Bishop B.F. Pappin “Defensor Vincui”   (interesting, Father Hod Marshall csb is listed as a member of the Senate of Priests) (OCD)

1958-79:  intermittently at Pro Cathedral Assumption, North Bay, Ontario (M)

1973-74: Chaplain,  North Bay Psychiatric Hospital. (CCCD)

1971-72: Chaplain,  North Bay Psychiatric Hospital. (CCCD)

“Offiiciaité” monsignor  B.F. Pappin, P.D. déf du line & John E Sullivan, notaire (CCCD)

1968-69: Ste. Anne RC Church, Sudbury (administrator, Father R. G. Hebert) (CCCD)

allegations in lawsuit relate to sex abuse by Sullivan in or about 1968.  The abuse transpired in the victim’s home, in the church and in the rectory (L)

1967:  chaplain St. Joseph’s General Hospital and Ontario Hospital, North Bay, Ontario (CCCD)

John E Sullivan, notaire  (CCCD)

1958-61:  St. Monica’s RC Church, Wawa, Ontario (M)

25 May 1958:  ORDAINED

13 February 1925:  DOB

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MEDIA coverage and blogs

04 April 2016:  Sudbury civil sexual abuse case ends in a settlement

02 April 2016:  Sudbury victim has harsh words for church

19 October 2012: Defrock bad priests: Sex abuse victims

09 October 2012: Priest faces more sex charges

25 September 2012: Accused priest in hospital

24 July 2012: Historical sex abuse charges back in court for former Pro-Cathedral priest

21 June 2012: “87 year old facing historical sex offence” & “Priest Faces Sexual-Related Charge”

21 June 2012: North Bay Police statement re arrest of Father John E Sullivan

21 June 2012:  BLOG Another victim

21 June 2012:  Montreal man charged with sex offences while serving as priest in North Bay

31 March 2011:  BLOG A Lark!

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Brothers never shared abuse details

The Sudbury Star

May (?) 2011

By CAROL MULLIGAN, THE SUDBURY STAR 

Three brothers suing a former Sudbury-area Roman Catholic priest for sexual abuse have outlined the nature of the abuse they allegedly suffered more than 30 years ago in statements of claim.

But the three men, now in their 50s, have never shared with each other details of the sexual acts they say they were forced to perform by Father John E. Sullivan in the late 1960s when he was priest at Canadian Forces Base Falconbridge.

The eldest of the brothers, now 57, lives in Nova Scotia. He said it wasn’t until last year that he and his brothers, known as BJJ and RJJ in their statements of claim, discussed launching civil lawsuits against Sullivan, now in his late 80s, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.

PJJ said he and his brothers were “pure as white snow” when the priest began molesting them.

“I did not know at 14 about the birds and the bees, let alone the birds and the birds,” he said in a telephone interview from Halifax.

Sullivan, who lives in Montreal with a sister, was convicted in 1992 of several criminal charges of sexual assault against the brothers and other boys in four different locations in Ontario, said PJJ.

The allegations contained in the lawsuit have not been proven in court.

PJJ recalled Sullivan being sentenced to two years and six months after pleading guilty to 32 offences involving 13 altar boys, although he said he didn’t think Sullivan served federal time for the convictions.

The brothers are each suing the diocese and Sullivan for about $3 million, the maximum allowed under the law. There is no statute of limitations on sexual assault charges.

PJJ said he was together with his two brothers and their wives about a year ago when one of the women asked why they hadn’t filed civil lawsuits against the priest.

PJJ said he left the discussion, telling his family, “Because I don’t want to go through that (pain) ever again.”

After thinking about it for a couple of months, he began considering a lawsuit. He had read about lawyer Rob Talach, of Ledroit Beckett Litigation Lawyers of London, Ont., representing women in Yarmouth, N.S. in a sexual abuse suit there and contacted him.

Talach is representing at least a dozen clients in civil lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and priests who served in it in the last 40 years.

The three brothers allege they were repeatedly sexually abused by Sullivan at their home at CFB Falconbridge. At the time, they did not know that all three were victims of the same man, said PJJ.

In an interview last week, Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe said the Roman Catholic Diocese has offered some counselling to victims who have come forward over the years saying they were abused by priests.

But PJJ accused the diocese of being more interested in protecting its priests, and getting help for them, than helping victims.

PJJ said when he told his parish priest in NS two decades ago about the abuse he had suffered as a boy, he was bitterly disappointed in his priest’s response.

PJJ was then president of his church’s parish council and his wife suggested he speak with his pastor.

“I told him what happened,” said PJJ. “I was getting ready to pour my soul out to him. He just shook his head and said: ‘Why do people have to continually try to attack us?’ ”

PJJ said he left the Roman Catholic Church at that moment.

It has been a difficult year since the brothers decided to sue, said PJJ.

“I’m hoping this will really put an end to what’s going on. It’s affected my family, the way I raised my kids,” he said.

The lawsuits are not about money, he said. Most civil lawsuits are settled for pennies on the dollar of the damages being sought.

“We want an apology. We wanted support, it fell on deaf ears … and the only way we could figure out how to poke them in the eye to make them stand up and take notice is to start this lawsuit,” he said.

“And I’m hoping, with our lawsuit, other people will come out and say” they were also abused.

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Priest to be tried on sex charges

17  August 1990 

Edmonton Journal.

A 65-year-old Roman Catholic priest was ordered to stand trial Thursday on 32 sex-related charges involving boys over a 21-year period.

Rev. John Edward Sullivan, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and elected to be tried by a judge in North Bay, Ont. District court Judge Jean-Gilles Lebel said a trial date would be set Sept. 26.

Lebel also granted a request by defence lawyer Paul Rivard to transfer charges to North Bay from other Ontario communities where Sullivan is charged.

Sullivan, who now lives at the Mary Lake Monastery near Toronto, was arrested by North Bay police last winter.

He was charged with nine counts of indecent assault and six counts of gross indecency.

The charges relate to incidents against nine males while Sullivan served as a priest at the Pro-Cathedral Assumption from 1958 to 1979.

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Former priest faces 30 charges across Ontario

The Ottawa Citizen

08 February 1990

SUDBURY, Ont. (CP) _ A former Roman Catholic priest now faces a total of 30 sex-related charges involving incidents alleged to have occurred here over two decades ago.

Rev. John Sullivan, 64, of the Mary Lake Monastery in King City, Ont., appeared in provincial court in Sudbury Wednesday where preliminary hearing dates of Oct. 29 and 30 were set in the case.

In December, Sudbury Regional Police charged Sullivan with four counts of indecent assault on a male and four counts of gross indecency, but have since laid four additional charges of indecent assault.

The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred between 1966 and 1970 while Sullivan was serving at St. Anne’s Church in Sudbury.

Sullivan faces 18 other sex-related charges across the province including a total of seven in Midland, Wawa, and Sault Ste. Marie for alleged incidents dating back to 1958.

The remaining charges are are for incidents alleged to have occurred in North Bay between 1966 and 1979, while Sullivan served intermittently as priest at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption.

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Canadian Press

01 December 1989

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (CP)

A Roman Catholic priest, already facing 13 charges of sexual assault, has been charged with two counts of indecent assault, police said

Fr. John Sullivan, 63, who lives in the Toronto area, was charged in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday.

The assaults occurred between 1958 and 1961 at the Precious Blood Cathedral in the city, police said

He has also been charged with three counts of sexual assault on boys while he was at St. Monica’s Church in Wawa, Ont., from 1958 to 1961. Wawa is about 100 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie.

The boys were between nine and 12 years of age at the time.

He also faces six charges of indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency in North Bay, where he served intermittently at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption from 1958 to 1979.

He has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 16.

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Record of court-dates prior to death

CIVIL trial:  04 April 2016:  three-week trial booked, starting at 09:30 am for jury selection- trial will proceed after jury selected, probably in the afternoon of the 4th., Sudbury, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) – (once trial actually begins the usual daily start time is 10 am)

Next court date:    12 April 2016: 23 February 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 23 February 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ;09 February 2016:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 12 January 2016:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ;15 December 215:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 10 November 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 25 October 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 22 September 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 08 September 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 11  August 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 21 July 2015:   09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 16 July 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 10 March 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 17 February 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 06 January 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to” courtroom #101 (the set date courtroom), North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 09 December 2014: 09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to set a date for trial,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 06 May 2104:  09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to set a date for trial,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 25 February 2014:  09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 11 February 2014:  09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 27 January 2014:  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 24 September 2013:  09:30 am, room # 101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 17 September 2013:  09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to set a date,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 17 September 2013:  09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to set a date,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)27 August 2013:  09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) 06 August 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)18 June 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ;04 June 2013, `to be spoken to; 28 May 2013: 9:30 am, courtroom # 101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house ; 19  February 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom # 101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house o5 February 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom # 101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 15 January 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 11 December 2012: Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 09 October 2012: North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 25 September 2012: North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); o4 September 2012: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) “to be spoken to.”; 14 August 2012: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

115 Responses to Sullivan: MR. John E. Sullivan

  1. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    PJ;
    A lot of us will take some skeletons to the grave with us. I know what you mean – As my mother has always said, “it’ll all come out in the wash” Mike.

  2. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    I have just read about saint john-paul ll, and am quite confused. I say this in the context of the conversation regarding this “priest” Sullivan.
    Apparently, our saintly former pope, who spirited his good friend Bernard Prince away to hide out in the Vatican in the hopes that the criminal warrants for his arrest would blow away in the wind, had a married girlfriend.
    This quote from one of the pope’s letters to his “friend” goes like this – “God gave you to me, and YOU are my vocation”.
    Is it any small wonder that Sullivan is still a priest? Mike.

  3. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Sorry, here I go again! The picture of the pope coming out of a tent in the morning, with a married woman is a bit over the top.
    What is her husband thinking? Why keep this a deep, dark secret all these years, if it is just “platonic”
    I don’t get it, and probably never will. Mike.

  4. Lina says:

    Pope Francis admitted that he knew of the “close friendship” between St. John Paul II and a female philosopher named Anna Teresa Tymieniecka, saying that there was nothing wrong with this since even popes need “healthy, holy friendships” with women.

    http://www.christiantoday.com/article/nothing.wrong.with.saint.john.paul.iis.healthy.holy.female.friendship.says.pope.francis/80307.htm

    As for me I didn’t have an “healthy, holy friendship” with my former parish priest. Let’s just say it was the best of times and the worst of times and the worst of times was my exercise of examination of conscience in a supersized awakening way. Enough about that as Sylvia would say.

    When Pope Francis went ahead with the Canonization of Pope John Paul II, I knew it was not good news for victims and survivors of clergy abuse.

    I’m optimistic that the tide for the victims of clergy abuse and their supporters is slowing turning their way and we will see changes for the good.

    Just because I’m not a practicing Catholic Mike doesn’t mean I don’t care for the practicing Catholics.
    After all they are my family, friends, brothers and sisters.

  5. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Lina;
    Please do not presume that I don’t care for Catholics, if that’s what you mean. What I don’t care for is hypocrisy in it’s raw form.
    There is a term referred to – “putting oneself in an occasion to sin” is just as damaging as sinning in itself.
    I just have difficulty accepting that a pope/cardinal would put himself in this circumstance.
    I don’t have a problem with the pope having a close and emotional friendship with a married woman.
    I DO have a problem with this matter being a closely guarded secret! If nothing is wrong here, why keep it a secret?
    This is exactly what has landed the church in such hot water in recent years, and it appears they are not learning.
    I admire anyone who has a staunch faith, and do not intend to denigrate it. However, when this faith is weakened and compromised by those who purport to uphold and enforce it, how much integrity is left?
    Most of my friends, and all of my family are Catholics. The fact that I chose to object to some behaviours I see in ordained Catholics should not be a basis for assuming that I am denigrating their faith, or just plain don’t care for them.
    For those who are interested, I am making efforts to regain some faith. During this process, I have some very hard and direct questions that need to be answered. An old acquaintance is helping me out with this. Mike.

    • Lina says:

      Mike said: “Please do not presume that I don’t care for Catholics, if that’s what you mean. ..”
      ———
      Let me clarify what I meant, I was thinking about my own struggles during a time I had with other practicing Catholics.

      I am truly sorry if my post came across to you the way Mike.

      I’m happy you spoke up so to clear up any misunderstanding.

      You stated you are making efforts to regain some faith.

      I sincerely wish you well in the process.

      Lina

  6. Sylvia says:

    Oh my…
    No surprise really…
    The next courtdate for Father John Sullivan is:

    12 April 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers

    • BC says:

      The real purpose of the ancient Roman custom of crucifixion was not to kill per se; the killing machine that were it’s legions would have done it much more efficiently. Crucifixion was designed to humiliate it’s victims and caution others who would challenge Rome.

      The victims of clerical abuse are our crucified for our times.

  7. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    BC;
    Exactly! How dare anyone challenge Rome. It isn’t tolerated. Mike.

  8. PJ says:

    And now I can add that my court case is scheduled for April 4th in Sudbury. A Canadian Spotlight is possible.

  9. Sylvia says:

    I have added the updated obituary to the page above.

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