I have no further information per se re Father Eric Dejaeger. I did have a call from Missing Persons with the Ottawa Police and was referred to another department. I am now awaiting another return call.
This business of trying to learn if a warrant is still active, and trying to clarify when and what charges were laid, and for that matter trying to find out who to report to if there is knowledge of the whereabouts of a wanted man has turned into an enlightening but frustrating venture in and of itself. I had no idea thatsuch matters could be shrouded in secrecy. But, that’s the way it seems. I have encountered this when trying to get information from diocesan centres, but I didn’t expect to encounter it with law enforcement agencies. I am still trying to sort out why the secrecy. I truly don’t understand it. Where does a previously convicted clerical molester’s right to privacy fit into the public’s right to know and protect children? What am I missing? I am serious. I don’t understand this at all.
That said, I did learn thatthe 05 July 1995 letter sent to Dejaeger in Belgium was signed with initals only, those being: J.P I think I have sorted out who that is but must confirm.
Bishop Raymond Lahey has denied that he sexually abused former Mount Cashel resident Todd Boland. His statement of defence was filed in Newfoundland. Does anyone know who’s representing him on this? Is it still Edelman? Or does he have someone in Newfoundland?
Note the upcoming moves in the Diocese of Charlottetown, some of which have transpired as a result of the allegations against Father George Smith.
What caught my eye is the following:
Moving to Holy Redeemer are two Carmelite Order priests from overseas who have served in the Toronto Archdiocese for a number of years
Why would these two priests “from overseas” somewhere be relocating to a new diocese after serving “a number of years” in the Toronto Archdiocese? Are they good friends of Bishop Richard Grecco who are simply following him to PEI?
Whoever they are and whatever the reason for their relocation I trust that Bishop Grecco will ensure there are no black marks on their records and will guarantee that to his flock. I firmly believe that in this day and age they, like all Catholics everywhere, are entitled to that assurance.
And speaking of Bishop Grecco, his ex-priest brother Don Grecco is scheduled for sentencing tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims.
A brief comment on: 31 May 2010: Paedophile priests destined for Hell: Vatican
A few weeks ago I blogged “Watch the language.” I say it again. Watch the language.
According to ‘Paedohile priests destined for Hell…’:
Msgr Scicluna suggested that priests guilty of paedophile abuse were destined for particular punishment in the afterlife.
Msgr. Charles Scicluna is the Promoter of Justice for the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (the congregation once headed by the current Pope.) He is well versed in the issue of clerical sexual abuse. He is also a canon lawyer.
In an interview earlier this year Scicluna was quick to distinguish between paedophiles and ephebophiles. Indeed we hear much the same – and repeatedly so from a variety of Church officials and/or “experts.” We are assured that, oh no, this clerical sexual predator is not a paedophile, he’s an ephebophile; and that clerical sexual predator is not a paedophile, he’s psychosexually immature. Inordinate lengths are gone to to ensure that the vast majority of these predators are NOT labelled paedophiles – even when the victims were pre-pubescent when the abuse started.
When I now hear Church officials using the words paedophile and paedophilia when addressing the sex abuse scandal my antenna go up. Is it a little sophistry?
Why, for instance, would Scicluna not single out those problematic “ephebophile” clergy whom he himself says constitute 60% of the cases of abuse?
Does Scicluna’s scripture quote ( “whosoever shall offend one of these little ones . . . it is better that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea”) encompass “ephebophiles”? or does he believe millstones are reserved for the small 10% of clerical sexual predators whom he perceives to be genuine true-blue paedophiles?
Is it just me?
If anyone can update us on Msgr. Robert Borne’s trial would you please post a comment or let me know (email@example.com)
Suzanne has asked Please post comments under hers.
I really must get a page opened for Borne. I will do so.
I am also thinking that there must be some sort of interactive calendar I could put on the site which would allow me plug in dates of scheduled court appearances or significant upcoming events. It’s hard to keep on top of them and would be so handy for everyone. If anyone knows of such a thing (WordPress compatible) please let me know.
On that note, I will call it a day
Enough for now,
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