I had this nearly ready to post, and my Microsoft Word shut down. And, no, I hadn’t saved it 🙁
So, very quickly. A number of articles which merit a quick comment, and then on to Monsignor Prince, I will make a fewe comments there and then do a separate blog on him later. There is much to be said.
So, for now, the following:
(1) 09 April 2010: Lahey accused of sex abuse
09 April 2010: New allegations against Bishop Lahey
Is it just me, or does anyone else think that with the latest Lahey sex abuse bombshell the disgraced bishop should definitely be put behind bars pending his kiddie porn trial next April?
When exactly does the safety of children trump the Charter rights of a sexual predator, real or alleged?
As far as Lahey is concerned I think that between (i) the laptop “allegedly” loaded with kiddie porn, and (ii) the bishop’s confusing claims when he was caught with the porn that, on the one hand that he has no interest in anyone under 18, and on the other that he is attracted to males between the ages of 21 and 22, and (iii) the recent allegations that he sexually abused a young boy from Mount Cashel there is more than enough cause for concern.
Will Ottawa’s Archbishop Prendergast continue to harbour this man? Or will he suggest that it best for all concerned that Lahey be incarcerated pending trial?
(2) 08 April 2010: Church: Norway bishop resigned in ‘09 over abuse
The Bishop of Norway’s victim was indeed paid off. I figured as much. Shades of the $32,000 David Silmser pay-off.
Do you suppose victim the was silenced when he signed the dotted line? I would guess he was. That’s usually the way these episcopal deals work.
(3) 07 April 2010: Whistleblower wins case against feds
After an arduous and painful 17-years former foreign affairs realty portfolio officer and whistleblower Joanna Gualtieri finally won her battle with the federal government.
Perhaps a timely reminder that in the end justice does prevail. It’s not an easy battle, but it can be done.
Well done Joanna! A victory for whistleblowers.
Perry, your day will come. I keep saying that, but, it will.
(4) 09 April 2010: “Why did Bishop leave his post” & “Catholics surprised by Wingle’s move”
07 April 2010: Bishop James Wingle’s 07 April 2010 letter of resignation
Yet again, seems that not a soul in the Diocese of St. Catherine’s Ontario knows why the sudden resignation of their bishop, and seems not a one had an inkling it was coming.
My guess is that someone somewhere in the diocese knows something, but, we shall wait and watch as the story unfold.
Meanwhile sounds as though the departing bishop decided to promptly pack his tent and silently steal away. And seems not a soul knows where he is!
(I posted the Bishop’s letter of resignation as a separate entity for ease of access)
(4) 09 April 2010: The Troubled Church: Vatican. Canadian church officials tried to keep scandal secret (access via RC Scandal/Canada/Monsignor Bernard Prince)
And the Canadian chickens are finally coming home to roost.
Barely was the ink set on the Canadian Bishops highly acclaimed sex abuse guidelines From Pain to Hope than a little gaggle of Canada’s own was covering up for the sins and crimes of Pembroke’s Monsignor Bernard Prince.
Gervais, O’Mara, Tonnos, Wilhelm, Ambrozic, Spence and Windle. Seven Canadian bishops knew! And you can bet that if seven knew most if not all knew!
And Prince was set loose to travel the world.
Not only that, Prince was bestowed the honorary title of Monsignor to boot!! And the Nuncio did nothing! And those in the Vatican who knew did nothing – aside of course honouring this sexual pervert with the title of Monsignor.
And our bishops have the audacity to slap themselves on the back as the standard bearers for dealing with clerical sex abuse?!!!!
Many know better. There are countless little secrets across this country. By the grace of God they will come out into the open.
Anyway, back to Windle’s letter.
Note in the letter that Windle refers to recent scandals “involving a priest and a Bishop from Ottawa” as proof that “the mere passage of time does not ensure that charges will not be surface in the future. ”
Well, yes. The recent scandals in Ottawa…
There was proof positive that some day victims may break their silence and press charges. Proof positive that there truly is no guarantee that with the passage of time such “inappropriate activity: will not come to the fore.
A surprise to Windle it seems.
The Ottawa priest and bishop in question would have been Father Ken Keeler and Bishop Beehan.
Beehan, like Windle a Canon lawyer, actually succeeded Windle as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Wingle in fact was an auxiliary in Ottawa from 1961 to 1968.
The startling testimony regarding “a bishop, and a priest” which spilled into the Ottawa courtroom during Father Ken Keeler’s sex abuse trial no doubt rocked Windle and all those who thought such dirty clerical secrets would never see the light of day. Heartbreaking tales they were, of young boys at St. Brigid’s summer camp blocking the door to their dorms with bunk beds to keep Beehan at bay. And of course the testimony about Keeler and Beehan doing their sexual thing on a cottage deck ,
Beehan himself was about to stand trial on charges of sex abuse of young boys. Who knows what would have wafted into the courtroom on that one? Or perhaps there would have been a guilty plea? No matter, Beehan died before it came to that. A massive stroke if memory serves me right? And, if memory serves me right, it happened while he was in Pembroke! I think maybe even in the sanctuary at the Cathedral? I will have to dig to clarify that, but I am quite certain he had made a run to Pembroke and there he died. Whether it was in the cathderal or not is subject to question.
Starnge how details which seem of little import at the time suddenly take on relevance.
One more thing here. I have previously mentioned the school teacher in Ottawa who tried valiantly to have Archbishop Plourde deal with allegations of clerical sex abusers. Well, one of the abusers Mike knew all about was Beehan.
I recall all too well the day Beehan died. I was new to Ottawa. I was helping out at a local parish. The parish priest was a canon lawyer, and, as I would later find out, he was also a homosexual who kindly found a paying niche in the parish for his sexual partner.
The pair were great friends of Beehan, in fact they even invited him for dinners and would invite young lads from the parish in to dine with the bishop! The idea was said to be to see if the young lads might have a vocation, and Beehan was such a nice guy he would set them at ease. It was only years downstream that I looked back and had an inkling of what may have been going on there. Sadly the pair are both dead. I did talk to the significant other many years later. By then he had been given the heave-ho to make way for a fellow who was recruited in Mexico or somewhere.
Anyway, back to the story. The day Beehan died the priest’s significant other came into the rectory kitchen close to tears. He banged his fist on the counter and yelled” “He killed him, That b…. Mike G killed him.”
I had not the faintest idea what he was talking or railing about. But, I remember. It was so peculiar it stuck in my mind. The pair of them despised Mike. The hatred was palpable.
You may recall as well that Archbishop Plourde threatened to excommunicate Mike.
Amazing how all of these little bits and pieces start to weave together.
One more little note here before I call it quits.
10 February 1993.
The lid was lifting in Cornwall. David Silmser had gone to police. The diocese had momentarily lost control. The cat was wiggling out of the bag. A $32,000 pay-off was looming.
What would have happened in Cornwall had the bishops outed Prince as a molester right then and there? Food for thought, isn’t? Especially with another canon lawyer involved in the cover-up?
That’s it. I’ve had it. More on Prince, and those who covered up on his behalf later, but I am going to take a break. 🙂 I will add links later….
Enough for now,