Perry has now spent 138 days in jail – for stepping up to the plate to protect children, and then daring to say he has lost faith in the justice system. This is the institutional response to allegations of childhood sexual abuse.
NOTE: Perry’s birthday is 22 July 2008. He will be 47. Pick up a card now. Have Masses said for him. Swamp him with love – lots of cards, letters and notes of best wishes.
No gifts to the jail. Aside sheets of writing paper, not allowed. He does however need monies to purchase canteen supplies. And to pay for his collect long distance calls home. If financial gifts are sent to Helen to keep his canteen going and help defray phone costs he will have as happy a birthday as can expected under the circumstances. Address and banking info here.
Note yesterday’s article in the Cowichan Citizen. How heart-warming to see someone in the media pay heed to the Dunlops’ sorry plight. “Mired in the system.” So true. There are a few minor errors – understandable with the growing complexity of the Cornwall sex abuse scandal and cover-up. Perry actually found out that his court appearance was cancelled on 16 June 2008, the afternoon before his scheduled appearance. In truth there’s little difference is there? Early afternoon on the 16th was as much the 11th hour for Perry as the am of the 17th would have been. The bottom line is it was cancelled. He is still waiting to be told why. He has no idea. None. No one has had the decency or courtesy to tell him.
I see that Helen is urging supporters to call Lawrence Greenspon. Good idea. His phone number is: 613-288-2890.
Over two weeks since his return from the Quinte Detention Centre Perry is still waiting for the return of his meagre possessions – odds and ends such as his cherished mail, writing paper and addresses he had jotted down. Not impressive.
At shortly after 2 pm yesterday afternoon he was still waiting for two of his daily papers. He eventually gets them. No complaints from Perry on that count. He figures better late than never. I however can’t understand what the problem is. The papers are delivered early in the morning throughout Ottawa. I’m sure the OCDC is no exception. Is it simply a case of someone finding or making the time to walk the papers up to his cell?
Things like that I must say bother me. Perry has little enough as it is. He’s in virtual solitary confinement 24/7. No radio. No TV. No computer. No pen. No notebook. Surely it’s not overkill for someone to take a few moments to get his belongings back to him? And surely the newspapers can reach his cell before mid afternoon?
On a brighter note, one batch of baby birds have flown the nest! They’re all gone. The nest is vacated. Silent. But, from another corner of the overhand high up over the yard – lots of chirping. Another batch of wee ones 🙂
Something I didn’t pass on earlier. Canada Day behind bars was a different and difficult experience for Perry. For years Perry was either playing with the police band on Canada Day, or playing a gig, or off to watch the fireworks with Helen and the girls. None of that this year. No music. No fireworks. Just four walls. Meanwhile out in BC Helen and the girls headed off to watch the fireworks.
Which reminds me: I mentioned before that Heather is off to university this Fall. So is Marlee! That leaves Monica. One more year I think?
I posted the transcripts from Father Maloney’s brief appearance at the Weave Shed. Very brief! I’m still shaking my head, both over brevity and content.
I will get Father Maloney’s page fixed up and do a recap tomorrow or Sunday, but for now a question: Do the Roman Catholics in the Diocese of Alexandria- Cornwall know where their collection monies are going? I mean really know?
Yesterday we heard that in September 2000 Father Maloney along with a bishop and five priests initiated legal action against several parties. Maloney said the purpose of the lawsuit was “to stop the website.”
The Statement of Claim was massive – in the order of 136 pages. There were eight defendants. The action against some parties lasted three years. The case against at least one if not two defendants was dismissed with costs.
How much did the lawsuit cost? And who picked up the tab? Who picked up the tab to “stop the website.”
Maloney said it wasn’t he. He has no idea who it was but he didn’t pay a penny.
David W. Scott and David Sheriff-Scott filed and handled the suit. They were lawyers for the diocese.
Who paid them? They don’t come cheap. Who footed the bill to “stop the website”? The diocese?
We also learned yesterday that David Sheriff-Scott went after the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board on Maloney’s behalf . Who picked up that tab for that one? Again, it wasn’t Father Maloney. Who was it? The diocese?
If it was in fact the diocese which looked after both the lawsuit and the intervention with Criminal Injuries Comp., how much was taken from diocesan coffers to finance those legal ventures? I would guess the lawsuit alone must cost a sizable sum, what with payment of costs and things dragging on and with all those defendants it must have been a princely figure.
Who paid? I do believe parishioners would do well to find out where the money they faithfully put into the collection plate Sunday after Sunday has been going. Those who are happy to finance one lawsuit after the other and fund the defence of one “alleged”clerical paedophile after the other, so be it. Those who question or object, hang onto your money until there’s some accountability.
Some more questions:
(1) In the past 15 years how much has the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall spent issuing notices of libel and/or suing?
(2) Do parishioners get a break down of moneys spent initiating, defending legal actions? If not, why not?
(3) Why was Father David Ostler ( Father Gary Ostler’s brother) not a plaintiff in the action?
(4) Is it really sheer happenstance that Justice Colin McKinnon went after Dick’s website in early 2001 and charged him with contempt of court? Indeed by the third week of January 2001 McKinnon had accomplished in the courtroom what Larocque et al were paying big dollars to do, namely – according to Father Maloney – “stop the website.” By end January Dick had been ordered to purge in the order of 50 articles from his site. According to Dick most dealt with “police corruption and the bishop and his priests.”
One final note – Peter Wardle’s remarks when he passed on behalf of Citizens for Community Renewal.
MR. WARDLE: Father Maloney, my name is Peter Wardle and I’m here for an organization called Citizens for Community Renewal. We have no questions for you today, sir, but my client wanted you to know that we appreciate that — all you have been through and we thank you for coming forward.
‘They’ couldn’t come up with one single question? Not ONE? I suppose as they say ‘the record speaks for itself.’
Enough for now,