As a said elsewhere, it is strange, indeed in light of the allegations I would now be inclined to say telling, that after years serving as a Pastor at several parishes Bishop Fred Henry suddenly decided to assign Father D’Souza to assist at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, High River & St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Vulcan, Alberta.
I will leave it at that for now.
If anyone has further information to add and/or fill in the gaps please pass it along.
Please, as always, remember the complainants in your prayers.
The page for Father Maurice O. Charbonneau (Father Moe) has been added. Father Moe Charbonneau, a priest with the Diocese of London Ontario ordained in 1994, was suspended after reports of several incidences of “inappropriate adult relationship” over several years.
The age and gender of the these “adults” is, at this time, unknown.
Note that according to the the following article Father Charbonneau was scheduled to serve in the Diocese of Grand Falls Newfoundland for two years commencing January 2005:
I wonder what would have happened had Bishop Fred Henry not given Buckley safe have in the Diocese of Calgary back in 1998?
And yes, I am trying yet again to find out if this man is still a Roman Catholic priest.
Please all those keep those who have been betrayed by Father Mark Buckley in your prayers.
Speaking of Bishop Fred Henry and the Diocese of Calgary…
There is yet another name to add to the growing list.
Father Malcolm D’Souza.
Father D’Souza was ordained by Bishop Fred Henry for the Diocese of Calgary Alberta in 2002.
Yes. 2002. Sixteen short years ago.
Anyway, I have been looking around to get together what information I can on a page. I will continue and will get together a page o Father Malcolm D’Souza. I will let you know as soon as the page is posted. Until then, here is some information regarding d’Souza.
Calgary priest removed from local parishes following allegations of sexual misconduct
A priest who has worked at Catholic parishes around southern Alberta has been put on administrative leave after allegations of sexual misconduct were brought forward to the Diocese of Calgary.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary made the announcement in an official statement released on Saturday.
The diocese said it received allegations of sexual misconduct involving two minors and several adults by Fr. Malcolm D’Souza. The incidents are alleged to have taken place at St. Mark’s Parish in Calgary between 2010 and 2016, according to the diocese’s statement.
The statement said diocese officials have contacted law enforcement authorities and “there will be no further comments until the investigation has been completed.”
The statement said Bishop McGrattan removed D’Souza from the St. Bernard’s and Assumption parishes, where he was most recently working, and placed him on administrative leave.
A Calgary Police Service spokesperson said on Sunday that there is “no active investigation by the Sex Crimes Unit into this incident as of yet,” adding that the CPS has been in contact with the diocese.
The statement is being announced this weekend at all masses in every parish where the priest has served in the Diocese of Calgary.
Global News has not been able to reach D’Souza for comment.
Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward to police, Patricia Jones, the chair of the Sexual Abuse Misconduct Committee at 1-833-547-8360, or Fr. Tim Boyle, the bishop’s delegate, at 1-403-330-5923.
The page for Father Roland Lanoie is posted. If anyone can fill in any of the gaps in the timelines please do so.
Please, as always in situations such as this, keep the complainant in your prayers.
I will begin putting together a page on Father Andy Dwyer, a priest with the Diocese of London Ontario who was removed from ministry last month. Here is an article related to that suspension:
Diocese suspends Windsor priest after ‘credible allegations’ surface
The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has removed a Windsor priest from his churches after receiving “credible allegations” of inappropriate conduct.
The Windsor Star
Updated: September 27, 2018
The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has removed a Windsor priest from his churches after receiving “credible allegations” of inappropriate conduct.
The allegations against Rev. Andy Dwyer, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa’s parishes, “relate to actions of many years ago,” according to the diocese.
“There is no good time for such an announcement,” the diocese said in an emailed statement. “It is particularly hard to hear and deal with this news in light of the recent revelations in the United States. Even so, we remain vigilant and faithful during this trying time in order to ensure a safe environment in our parishes and institutions.”
Diocese spokesman Nelson Couto said he could not comment on the nature of the allegations. But “the recent revelations” in the U.S. mentioned by the diocese relates to sexual abuse. Couto confirmed the statement was in reference to a massive child sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania.
The diocese also didn’t reveal if a parishioner made the allegations or how many potential victims, if any, could be involved.
A grand jury report last month revealed that Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania covered up sexual abuse against children going as far back as the 1940s. The report identified 301 priests who abused more than 1,000 victims.
Windsor police wouldn’t reveal if they have launched a criminal investigation into the allegations against Dwyer.
“On a general case basis, we don’t comment on whether we are investigating or whether we are not investigating — to protect the privacy of everybody involved, from the complainants, victims, accused people — unless there’s a public safety issue,” said Const. Andrew Drouillard.
The Diocese of London said it is investigating the allegations against Dwyer. While the “actions” in question go back many years, the diocese said the allegations only surfaced recently.
The diocese said that under its “A Safe Environment Policy,” any priest, deacon or lay ecclesial minister facing “credible allegations” is removed from duty during the course of the investigation.
“This is our policy and this is clearly how the Diocese of London handles these matters now,” church officials wrote in the statement.
Earlier this month, Bishop Ronald Fabbro wrote “a letter to the faithful” touting the policy.
“It includes a number of sound procedures to prevent abuse from happening,” he wrote. “A priest who commits an offence against a minor or any other vulnerable person is removed from ministry. My goal is to protect people against abuse.”
Fabbro’s letter also made direct reference to the Pennsylvania scandal in his letter.
“It is devastating to read the accounts of profound evil that occurred in our Church,” Fabbro wrote. “Since I have been bishop, I have met with survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their families. It was heart-wrenching to listen to their stories of the pain and the sufferings they have endured throughout their entire lives — sometimes for 30, 40 or 50 years after the abuse occurred.”
He noted that the grand jury report details the “failures” of bishops who moved priests around to cover up the abuse.
“The cover-up was terribly wrong,” he wrote. “Catholics are rightly outraged that the bishops failed to put a stop to the abuse. How could they have failed so grievously in their calling to be shepherds of their people and in their responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us?”
Fabbro didn’t mention the history of similar cover-ups in the London diocese, but he did acknowledge it has dealt with abuse cases of its own.
“The clergy abuse crisis has brought to light the brokenness in our Church,” Fabbro wrote. “For these wounds to heal, we must first acknowledge our brokenness before the Lord. We must do penance in reparation for the grave sins committed. And, we — bishops, priests and lay people — must be courageous in carrying out the reforms needed in our Church.”
I am in the process of putting together a page on Father Rolan Lanoie, a priest with the Archdiocese of St. Boniface Manitoba who is now facing four counts of sexual assault and one of indecent assault.
Essentially it turns out that during his years as chaplain at the St. Boniface General Hospital Father Lanoie , along with a nun-chaplain and a non-denominational chaplain, became embroiled in a sort of labour dispute with claims that they were bullied and verbally abused by their boss (a priest who was the spiritual care director). In 2010, after more than a year of hearings, a labour arbitrator ruled against the trio, stating in part that “The complaints of harassment and abuse in this case were entirely without merit.”
A mess. When I happened on the first reference to this nonsense I spent some time trying to get the gist of it sorted out. I could not believe what I was reading! Anyway, I think at this point I have done all I can do there, so now it’s just a case of going through a few more Canadian Catholic Church Directories and finding out what else I can regarding where Father Lanie was when.
All being well I should be posting the page tomorrow. Until then, here is one of several articles which heralded the charges against Father Roland Lanoie
Retired priest charged with sexually assaulting youth at St. Boniface seminary in ’80s
Winnipeg Free Pres
Posted: 10/15/2018 12:45 PM | Last Modified: 10/16/2018 10:18 AM
A retired Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of St. Boniface has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of indecent assault, dating to more than three decades ago.
The alleged victim was a youth when the offences occurred, the Winnipeg Police Service said Monday, while announcing Roland Lanoie, 70, had been arrested Oct. 3.
Police said they began investigating earlier this year, after an adult male came forward to say he was the victim of a series of sexual assaults while he was a resident student at the St. Boniface Minor Seminary (now the St. Philip Minh Roman Catholic Church) between 1982 and 1988.
Police said they confirmed Lanoie was an ordained priest who was working in various positions with the Archdiocese of St. Boniface when the alleged offences occurred.
Lanoie was priest at St. Norbert Parish (2015-17), but also worked as pastor at Christ the King Parish (1982-94), as well as St. Eugene Parish, Ste. Agathe Parish and Paroisse Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens. He also served as a chaplain at St. Boniface Hospital.
“The archdiocese began working closely with the victim, the Winnipeg police, as well as Child and Family Services of Winnipeg as soon as the situation was made known to it in December of 2016,” when the man disclosed his account to the Church, the archdiocese said in a statement Monday.
“The archdiocese expresses its deep sorrow to the victim who has come forward, as well as to his family and to all those who have been affected by these matters.”
A WPS spokesman said it began an investigation in spring 2018, after the archdiocese contacted police.
The criminal investigation was delayed over a year until the alleged victim — after receiving counselling — was ready to make a formal complaint to police, archdiocese spokesman Richard Frechette said.
“The victim was not ready to go to police. He wanted us to know, and he wanted us to take action on this. When we found out about this in December 2016, we went to the went the police and to CFS… CFS followed up immediately, but the police could not until the victim came forward,” he said.
The archdiocese said it did a preliminary internal investigation of some of the sexual-abuse allegations. Archbishop Albert LeGatt then met with Lanoie on Jan. 10, 2017, and accepted his resignation from all ministerial activity.
An archdiocese advisory committee later recommended Lanoie receive a temporary suspension and could no longer minister to the public.
The archdiocese said LeGatt also wrote to the Vatican to ask what should be done, and was advised to “impose measures that he deemed appropriate, and that would also bring healing to the victim.”
Meanwhile, the church investigation continued and officials there took steps to ensure Lanoie “will never be able to work as a priest anywhere in the world… ever again,” Frechette said.
LeGatt issued a decree of permanent suspension of faculties of priestly ministry on Dec. 22, 2017.
“Each time the heinous crime of sexual abuse is reported, victims and their families are wounded again, the vast majority of faithful priests bow their heads in shame, and sincere Catholics, Christians and people of good will, experience shock, sorrow, anger and righteous indignation,” the archdiocese statement said.
“Every single abuse case involving a minor, no matter when it took place, is wrong, and we must listen attentively and respond compassionately to those who have been victimized and hurt, particularly if the abuser is connected in any way with our Church.”
Its actions earned praise Monday from U.S. advocacy group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
“We’re grateful that the Archdiocese of St. Boniface had worked so diligently with law enforcement officials to bring justice for the survivor in this case. We would hope that those same church officials will now aggressively reach out to other parishioners in their flock and encourage anyone who had seen, suspected or suffered abuse… to come forward and make a report to the police,” SNAP executive director Zach Hiner said in an email Monday.Frechette said the Church’s investigation did not turn up any other potential victims.
In 2014, the archdiocese suspended another priest, Ronald Leger, from ministerial duties when officials learned of allegations against him. Leger pleaded guilty in 2015 to sexual-assault charges involving three young men, and later faced additional charges after others stepped forward with historic accounts that spanned three decades.
Lanoie, who has been released from custody, was one of three chaplains at St. Boniface Hospital who complained almost a decade ago that their boss, a priest, had bullied them.
A later decision by a labour arbitrator ruled the complaints of harassment and abuse “were entirely without merit,” and the trio was asked to apologize to the hospital and to the priest.
The name of Father Peter Hung Cong Tran OP and link to page with further information has been added to the added to Accused page. If anyone knows where and/or when Father Tran was ordained would you please pass along the information?
The new CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) sex abuse guidelines have been posted:
Do you see any intent – or even desire- on the part of the bishops to have all credibly accused and convicted clerical molesters defrocked/released from the clerical state/laicized? No. Neither do I.
Lest we forget. The Gospel according to St. Matthew 18:6,7
But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh.
Our Lord goes on to say
And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet…And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee.
Yes, we are back home. I’m not certain how long we’ll be back but we are definitely back for a spell. Please keep the prayers going. Our grandson is holding his own, but as we have learned during the past weeks this is a long long process with many many ups and downs along the way. It truly is a roller coaster.
I will start picking away at catching up on Sylvia’s Site . There has been no shortage of news of scandals while I was away. has there? But, as hard as it is to stomach at times and as often as I remind myself, in truth, it’s all for the best.
There are countless articles which I eventually want to get posted, particularly those dealing with the Cardinal McCarrick scandal and cover-ups, however, I will start with the latest news regarding two priest from my own back yard here in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
It’s nigh to four short years since Father Joe LeClair was released from jail, having served 2/3 of of a one year sentence for theft and fraud which transpired while he was pastor at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa, Ontario. And, it’s been a little over two years since Father LeClair entered a guilty plea to charges related to drunk driving in Guelph Ontario where he had been recycled shortly after he got out of jail (he served as an assistant at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church).
I have said it before and will say it again. Father LeClair should be defrocked. He needs to take care of his own soul and get it in order. There are no favours being done here, for Father LeClair or anyone else.
As I say. I will pick away at getting articles posted in the coming days. I will also do my best to get back to those of you who contacted me by email over the past weeks. And, I will try to post a nice picture from Scotland or Ireland with each blog . Here’s today’s”
Yes, this is a two lane road, this one in the Inishowen peninsula en route to to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. And yes, we managed to get by 🙂
We are back from a wonderful visit to Scotland and Ireland. The scenery was spectacular – oohs and aaahs at the top of virtually every hill and around every bend in the road – and there was no lack of tops o hills and bends in roads 🙂
And now we are packing up to head down to the States. Our grandson’s progress since his transplant has been a little like a roller coaster. Initially it looked as though the bone marrow transplant was taking, but then his cell counts started to drop, and then they essentially tanked. Difficulty days. A few days ago preparation began for another transplant, this time from another young sister. Then, two days ago, his cell counts showed a slight increase, and yesterday another, and today yet another, so ….. his counts are nowhere near what is required, but this may be a sign that his body is belatedly accepting the transplant 🙂 We are hoping and praying that that is the case .
His disposition has been amazing throughout all of this. We are so very proud of him. He’s quite a boy. Please please keep him in your prayers. We leave in the morning, and will probably be away for several weeks.
Yes, I have been keeping an eye on the news over the last few days. It’s not been what one would call nice news, but, I do believe necessary. Given the time I will try to get some articles posted this evening.
Also, time permitting, starting this evening, I shall try – as promised? – to get a few pictures of the trip posted ( A remind that there is still a lot of beauty in the world.)
Finally a chance to give an update . I’ve had difficulty with connections and re-charging my tablet.
First, our grandson is doing really really well. In the past two days his body has shown signs of accepting the new bone marrow. A cause for rejoicing. He has lost his hair, but white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets are just starting to show signs of settling in and getting to work. He is in good cheer and displaying a remarkable sense of humour. To date he has avoided being beset by that nasty mucisitis. There were signs that it was starting but thankfully it has not progressed beyond that.
Prayers are being answered. Thank you, and keep them going. He’s not out of the woods yet.
And the trip…
We have been on the go from dawn to dusk every day. The weather in Scotland was beautiful. We saw Loch Ness and even had a peek at St. Augustus Abbey.
We are now in Northern Ireland. I’m sitting outside our wee cottage looking up at the Glenn’s of Antrim, watching the ferries sail past from Scotland to Ireland, and listening to the waves crash on the shore. It’s a cool morning, but oh so very beautiful.
Yesterday was a run up to the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills, and the beautiful drive along the Coast of Antrim.
Sorry but I haven’t sorted a way to get pictures posted using my tablet. If no luck in the coming days I’ll give you a good look at the beauty we have seen when I get home
Today is a quiet day – time to catch our breath in the morning and then decide where to go this afternoon. Tomorrow we’re in to Belfast, and Saturday we head South.
Now that things are working I’ll keep in touch as we go
…it’s not terribly difficult. I use a “Feed Reader” called Feedly. It’s free to use, although there is a paid option. Feedly offers apps for phones and tablets as well, which will all sycnchronize
These instructions apply to the desktop (PC / Mac) version:
* Set up an account at feedly.com. When your account is ready, you’ll see an “add content” button in the top left corner. Click it.
* Type in or paste the URL of this site (www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress).
* Two results will come up. One is for the posts to the site (which Sylvia makes); another is for comments on posts (made by anyone). You can add those to your Feedly feed.
Once you have done this, new posts and comments will be fed to your Feedly page each time there’s something new. You can read them there and mark them as read afterwards, or click through to the actual post.
You can do this with almost all websites. It’s a great way of getting through lots of information in a short time.