Another Roman Catholic canon lawyer, Father Tom Doyle, is supposed to take the stand after Morrissey, however, the diocese seems to be crying foul due to Doyle’s Cornwall ties and the content of emails which he sent to Dick Nadeau in 2001. What happens regarding that remains to be seen.
I had a busy evening. I was late getting at this and must say am mentally weary after listening to Father Morrissey all day. I will keep it short for now.
Father Morrissey seemed extremely and unusually nervous. Why I have no idea. He is a veteran at taking the stand in defence of “alleged” clerical paedophiles, and an old pro at addressing large groups. But, he seemed to have stage fright. That aside, as a Roman Catholic I found it painful to watch a priest of my church exhibit such a disproportionate concern for the “rights” of suspect and/or bona fide clerical abusers. The was no such hint of concern for a child’s right to retain his innocence, or the “right” of parents to protect their children, or the “right” of parishioners to a priest who abides by the moral teachings of the Church, or the “right” of God to a holy and pure priesthood for His Church.
In Father Morrissey’s eyes, the rights belong to the “alleged” clerical paedophiles. It sounds all too too familiar, doesn’t it?
A disgrace. A true disgrace.
There was evidence regarding the 1922 secret Vatican Instruction Crimen Sollicitationis which was re-issued in 1962. Therein the four “Worst Crimes” are listed as:
(1) Solicitation for sex in the confessional
(2) homosexual sex
(3) sexual abuse of minor males and females
(4) bestiality (sex with animals)
There was no evidence elicited regarding the gender of victims of clerical sexual abuse. . Lead commission counsel Peter Engelmann did not seek such information or statistics, nor did Morrissey offer the well known fact that the overwhelming majority of victims of clerical sexual abuse are male.
There was discussion of the Doyle – Mouton – Peterson report, but no mention of the bias Father Michael Peterson would have or might have brought to the report as a practising homosexual.
That’s the way it went.
The transcript is available online.
I must call it a day. I have one very important matter to address but will have to leave it for later – just too tired right now too think straight.