Sometimes I read an article and I just really don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Take for example the following:
05 April 2010: Bishop regrets helping Canadian paedophile priest
There are a few interesting backgrounders on this. Here goes, with a few questions which have been running through my mind tossed in:
(1) Bishop Jacques Gaillot, the French bishop who took in and graciously recycled convicted Canadian paedophile priest Denis Vadeboncoeur in 1987 was a public advocate of abortion and homosexuality with communist sympathies. Gaillot was eventually removed from his post by the Bishop of Évreux for , amongst other things, permitting married priests to celebrate Mass, blessing homosexual unions, encouraging distribution of condoms in public schools, and working to change Church teachings about divorce and contraception.
When he was removed from his diocese in 1995 Gaillot was assigned to the titular diocese of Partnia. This meant that Gaillot no longer had a flock. Undeterred the disgruntled exiled bishop took to dispersing his dissident views via cyberspace.
I must add that Gaillot was the darling of many a dissident Catholic throughout the world. I recall more than one who shared his views and leaped to his defence.
(2) Where did Vadeboncoeur come from? I decided to do a quick check.
Vadenboncoeur was ordained in
1968 1965. It seems he was probably ordained as a member of the religious order of St. Vincent de Paul. In Canadian Catholic directories the letters sv, designating the order, are behind his name.
In 1967 Vadaboncouer was at a minor seminary in Ste. Foy Quebe. In the early 70s he was in Brazil. Around 1985 he was back in Ste Foy Quebec. Ste. Foy seems to be the order’s Canadian headquarters. The order is headquartered in France.
(3) The Archbishop of Quebec when Vadaboncouer was shipped off to France for recycling was Louis-Albert Vachon. Vachon later became Cardinal Vachon.
Vachon’s General Secretary at the time was Jean-Robert Hamelin. Hamelin was later consecrated a bishop and, from 1993-1995 was president of the CCCB.
What role if any did Vachon and/or Hamelin play in slipping Vadaboncouer off to the tender care of Gaiillot who so promptly allowed this convicted molester unfettered access to young lads? Since Vadaboncouer was an ordered priest the arrangements may have been made through his superiors with the religious order of St. Vincent de Paul.
Why was Vadaboncouer in Brazil? Had he been “caught’? Was that a recyle job?
Gaillot now says it was “a mistake” to take in a convicted molester. “A mistake.” Just a little mistake.
What can I say to that?
Enough for now