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Father Henri-Joseph Maloney
Father Henry Maloney
Priest, Siocese of Pembroke, Ontario. Ordained 22 May 1941 (several directories give date of ordination as 22 May 1947. The 1985-86 directory gives date of ordination as 1941. 1941 is the correct year. )
April 2015: Lawsuit launched by Michael (Mike) Fitzgerald about four years earlier settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Mike was first groomed by Father Henry Maloney, and then molested relentlessly from around March 1973 to 1974.
Mike first met Father Maloney when David Kelly, a new young Protestant teacher at the senior elementary school in Bancroft invited him , Mike, an accomplished musician, to play the organ for the choir he, Kelly, was starting at Our Lady of Mercy in Bancroft (at the request of Father Maloney). Mike agreed. Arrangements were made to allow the boy to travel to the church for practices and Masses.
In a matter of months Mike’s father apparently had discussions with Father Maloney, and both felt that the boy should become a priest. Unfortunately, to that end, the boy was sent off to Bancroft to live in the rectory with Father Henry Maloney. The abuse came to an end when Mike ran away from home in 1974. (David Kelly later converted and, in 1984 was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Pembroke. )
Bishops of the Diocese of Pembroke Ontario during Father Henry Maloney’s years: Patrick Thomas Ryan (05 August 1916 – 15 April 1937); Charles Leo Nelligan (16 August 1937 – 19 May 1945); William Joseph Smith (19 May 1945 – 8 February 1971); Joseph Raymond Windle (8 February 1971 – 05 May 1993); Brendan Michael O’Brien (05 May 1993 – 04 December 2000); Richard William Smith (27 April 2002 – 22 March 2007); Michael Mulhall (30 June 2007 – )
Catholic Priest Falls From Grace: Pembroke Diocese vs Local Abuse Victim
This is the Barry Hendry article which broke the story and ran in the 30 September 2015 and 08 October editions of the Bancroft Times. It has been scanned and is posted here in five parts.
Part One (30 September 2015):
(1) 30 September 2015: Catholic Priest Falls From Grace – first page
(2) 30 September 2015: Catholic Priest Falls From Grace – second page
(3) 30 September 2015: Catholic Priest Falls From Grace – final page
Part Two (08 October 2015):
(1) 08 September 2015: Catholic Priest Fall From Grace: Part 2 – first page
(2) 08 September 2015: Mahoney Bancroft Catholic Priest Falls From Grace: Part 2 second page
Documents of Interest
Statements of Claim
September 2014: Statement of Claim identifying Father Henry Maloney as a molester (redacted) (Elsewhere I identify the victim who filed this suit as “Joe.” According to Joe he was molested by Father Maloney over a period of about two years in the late 1940s. Joe recalls that he would have been between the ages of nine and 11 at the time.)
04 July 2012: Mike Fitzgerald Statement of Claim re abuse by Father Henry Maloney (Mike was groomed then molested by Father Maloney between 1972 and 1974. Mike was between the ages of 16 and 18.)
07 October 2015: BLOG Connections…
02 October 2015: BLOG Another Pembroke priest added to ‘the list’
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) which I happen to have on hand, the 1980 Ontario Catholic Directory (OCD8)) media (M) ,
07 July 1987: DIED
October 1986: retired (scroll down for article)
1985-1986: – Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Bancroft, Ontario, with mission at St. Anthony in Haliburton (CCCD) listed in the directory as “Henry Maloney” vs “Henri Joseph in other directories referenced below.
October 1984: Along with Cardinal Emmett Carter and other clergy concelebrated funeral Mass for his brother, Arthur Malony, a defence lawyer and former Conservative MP for the Parkdale riding in Ontario (scroll down)
1980: Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Bancroft, Ontario, with mission at St. Anthony in Haliburton (OCD80)
1973-74, 1971-72: Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Bancroft, Ontario, with mission at St. Anthony in Haliburton (CCCD)
July 1972: officiated at wedding of his nephew at St. George Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa. His nephew Mark Maloney was best man. (Ottawa Journal 13 July 1972 ) Mark Maloney is well known in Ottawa as the former city counsellor who resigned after he admitted he lied to police officers about the circumstances surrounding a drunk driving car accident.
For a spell during his years as city counsellor he was, believe it or not, assisted in the office by Father John Hunt, an Oblate priest who, now, amongst other things, was answering the phone for Maloney, had previously assisted at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa.
1972-1974: groomed then sexually abused Mike Fitzgerald (one of 11 children). Mike’s father hoped his son would be a priest so sent him to live with Father Maloney. The abuse came to an end when Mike ran away from home in 1974. (P)
1968-69, 1967: Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Bancroft, Ontario, with mission at St. Anthony in Haliburton (CCCD)
“Advocati” with “Diocesan Court”
1959: Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Bancroft, Ontario, with mission at St. Anthony in Haliburton, with assistant Father R. A, Glofcheski (CCCD)
1960: Father Maloney’s brother, the Honourable James Maloney, was present for the blessing of the new four-room school (Father Henry Maloney referenced re starting at Our Lady of Mercy his brother James Maloney)
08 September 1957: appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Bancroft, Ontario.
June 1954: Officiated at wedding of a niece. (Ottawa Journal 21 Jun 1954) Note: …”the bride’s uncle, who was served at the altar by a cousin, Mr, Robert J. Bedard, of St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto.” That is reference to the Bob Bedard most know as Father Bob Bedard, an Ottawa priest (October 2011 deceased) who founded The Companions of the Cross, a charismatic order of priest. Father Bedard is also known as the priest who was in the classroom at St. Pius X in October 1975 when 18-year-old Robert Poulin, after raping and murdering a young girl, headed to the school and opened fire in Bedard’s classroom, killing one student and injuring five others. (See “Dear Lord help us! ” and “Well-Known Ottawa Priest Fr. Bob Bedard Passes Away “)
As a child Bedard holidayed at a cottage at Lake Clear, about 10 miles from Eganville. (External link – scroll to page 12 – shows link to Maloney clan)
17 March 1950: Directed “The Bells of Shannon” a three-act play during St. Patrick’s Day Irish Concert in Eganville, Ontario (Ottawa Journal 18 March 1950)
1950: Chaplain to Eganville Junior Holy Name Society ( Ottawa Journal 14 Feb 1950)
October 1943: Officiated at funeral Mass of his Aunt ( Ottawa Journal 20 October 1943 )
September 1942: serving in Combermere, Ontario (serving in Combermere, Ontario )
June 1942: In Eganville, officiating at wedding of his sister Frances Mary to Dr. John F. French ( Ottawa Journal June 1942)
22 May 1941: ORDAINED at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke
attended St. Peter’s Seminary
1937: BA in Philosophy St. Michael’s College, Toronto ( Maloney history in North of 7 … and Proud of It! )
attended St. Patrick’s College, Ottawa
graduated from Eganville Catholic High School
Born in Eganville, Ontario. Son of Dr. Martin James Maloney, a physician who was later elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Renfrew South, a position which held from 1925-1935. Father Maloney’s brother Arthur Edward Martin Maloney, a lawyer, was also a Conservative MP; he was elected and served as the member for the Parkdale riding from June 1957 to June 1962. In 1975 he was sworn in as the first ombudsman in Ontario history. According to online reports his September 1984 funeral was held in Toronto at St. Micheal’s Cathedral with Cardinal Emmett Carter officiating. Another brother, James A. Maloney, also a lawyer, was elected and served in the Ontario provincial legislature as a Progressive Conservative member for Renfrew South from June 1957 until his death (heart attack) while in office in October 1961.
Pembroke diocese moves priests
The Ottawa Citizen (Valley edition)
26 September 1986
Clerical changes in the Roman Catholic diocese of Pembroke, which will take effect Oct. 15, have been announced by Bishop Raymond Windle.
Rev. Archie Afleskie, parish priest of Whitney and Madawaska, is to replace Rev. Henry Maloney who is retiring as pastor of Bancroft and Haliburton next month.
Rev. Gordon Lorbetski, a diocesan seminarian will fulfill his pastoral year at the same parish.
Rev. Kerry Brennan, assistant at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Renfrew, will take over the Whitney and Madawaska parish while Rev. Michael Newhouse, summer assistant at Bancroft and Haliburton, will take over Brennan’s duties in Renfrew.
Diocesan seminarian Paul Ling has been assigned to Holy Name Parish in Pembroke for his pastoral year.
Maloney funeral draws politicians, public
Toronto Globe and Mail
25 September 1984
A gathering of lawyers, judges, politicians, priests and members of the public filled St. Michael’s Cathedral yesterday to pay tribute to Arthur Maloney in a grand style most said would have pleased the former Ontario ombudsman.
Mr. Maloney, one of Canada’s best-known defence lawyers, was the first Ontario ombudsman, a Conservative MP for Parkdale riding and one of the people involved in the drafting of the Canadian Bill of Rights.
He died of cancer at his home in Rockwood, Ont., near Guelph last Thursday at 64. ”This is an occasion which Arthur himself would enjoy,” said Rev. Sean O’Sullivan, who at 21 became a Tory MP for Hamilton-Wentworth but quit politics to join the priesthood in 1977. ”Who else so much enjoyed people and bringing people together – from public life, from the legal fraternity, from the church,” Father O’Sullivan said in a homily. ”Arthur loved such occasions of solemnity and majesty, accomplished with flair and in grand style.” Ontario Premier William Davis, a close friend who might have faced Mr. Maloney as an opponent for the leadership of the provincial Conservatives in 1971 if Mr. Maloney not changed his mind about running, delivered a reading.
Pallbearers included Ontario Attorney-General Roy McMurtry, who was a junior law partner to Mr. Maloney, and lawyer Michael Wadsworth.
Federal Justice Minister John Crosbie, Indian Affairs Minister David Crombie, Government House Leader Ray Hnatyshyn, former solicitor-general Robert Kaplan and former governor- general Roland Michener also attended.
Mr. Maloney was Conservative MP for the Toronto riding of Parkdale from 1957 to 1962 and was one of the chief drafters of the Canadian Bill of Rights, passed in 1960 under John Diefenbaker’s government.
Presiding at the funeral was Emmett Cardinal Carter, Archbishop of Toronto. The mass was given by Mr. Maloney’s brother, Rev. Henry Maloney, and about two dozen other members of the clergy. Music was from the St. Michael’s choir. ”Arthur thoroughly enjoys this whole proceeding,” said a law colleague. ”He wouldn’t change a thing, he wouldn’t change a note.” Mr. Maloney was appointed Ontario ombudsman in 1975, and during his 3 1/2 years in office was criticized by politicians for the size and strength of his bureaucracy and the cost of his operation. But he was also hailed for the concern he had for average people.
He conducted several independent inquiries into citizens’ rights, was a strong opponent of capital punishment and while he was ombudsman produced reports criticizing the Government’s tactics in purchasing land in Pickering and the state of Ontario’s jails. ”Long before the title or the office existed, Arthur Maloney was the ombudsman,” Father O’Sullivan said in his homily.
He said that as well as being a public figure, a lawyer and an orator, Mr. Maloney was known as ”the spokesman for those who found no other voice; as the champion for those who found no other ally.” Mr. Maloney was buried in the family plot of his wife, formerly Lillian LaBine, in Mount Hope Cemetery. He leaves his wife, a daughter, Martha, and a son, Matthew.