So, Father Kenneth O’Keefe csb is out on bail (back to Toronto), and there’s a publication ban on yesterday’s court proceedings.
Why the publication ban? I have no idea.
We do know however that the Basilian priest’s next scheduled court appearance is Wednesday, 01 September 2010.
There are a few new articles re the O’Keefe charges:
11 August 2010: Ex priest facing sex assault charge gets bail
11 August 2010: Priest charged with decades old sex assault
11 August 2010: Former priest faces Ottawa sex charge
Note that according to news reports O’Keefe taught at Assumption College School sometime after he left Ottawa’s St. Pius X High School. Does anyone in Windsor remember him, and when he taught at Assumption?
That’s two former Pius X teachers charged within a month!
Father William Allen – former St. Pius X teacher – had a court date in Ottawa this past Monday (09 August 2010) Does anyone know what happened? I saw nothing in the media. Did I miss it?
As promised a few days ago I have posted the Statement of Claim re sex abuse allegations against another Basilian priest Father Leo Campbell
28 September 2009: Leo Campbell: Statement of Claim – Plaintiff name redacted. Defendants Father Leo Campbell, Diocese Sault Ste Marie (since dropped from the claim), Congregation of St. Basil and Huron Superior Catholic District Catholic School Board
Read it and weep. This ‘priest’ “ministered” at Columban’s Boys’ Camp! He also served in, amongst other places, St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Mary’s HS in Calgary, St. Michael’s College School in Toronto.
It is heart breaking. Truly heartbreaking.
And to think that Father Hod Marshal was Principal at St. Mary’s while Campbell was there! And to know that Hod Marshall was definitely out and about Columban’s Boys’ Camp, whether at the same time precisely as Campbell I don’t know, but, he was there – more than once.
That’s two of the four definitely affiliated with the camp to one degree or another. What of the other two?
I really will have to get that chart put together to see where these Basilians overlapped and/or trod in each other’s footsteps. I cringe at the thought.
Anyway, with yesterdays announcement of charges against Father O’Keefe we now know of at least four Basilians who served in and around Ontario and beyond who have been charged or sued: (1) Father Rober Whyte csb (2) Father Hod Marshall csb (3) Father Leo Campbell csb and (4) Father Kenneth O’Keefe csb.
That’s just more than a little bit disturbing.
But, well done to those men who summoned up the courage to go to the police station and file a complaint. I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but, you did it. That first step is the biggest and hardest to take. Well done.
To my knowledge we now have no less than 13 Canadian priests currently under investigation or facing charges, and legal action related to one who is deceased (Campbell) Check the list….
Click on the RC Scandal tab at the top of the page. Then click on Canada. There’s the list, on the right side under “In the news.” With the exception of Bishop Wingle, there is the list. I try to keep that list current with scheduled court appearances. If you are aware of any changes please let me know
As I look at the list right now I am wondering what is happening with the Father George Smith investigation. Does anyone have any news?
Ditto Father Lucien Lussier. Does anyone know what’s happening there? I tried to get through to the Alexandria courthouse about two weeks ago to check this out. No luck. If time permits I will try tomorrow.
As I mentioned elsewhere on the site, I am trying to find out if the Diocese of Pembroke covers legal costs for clergy who are accused of sex crimes. Father Proulx is on holiday and it seems he is the only person in the diocese who can handle my request (I was directed to him by the Chancellor, Msgr. Bridges). Father Proulx will be back on Wednesday.
I have also been trying to determine the status of Father Peter O’Hanley. I realized recently that he hasn’t been listed in the Canadian Catholic Directory for some time. I thought perhaps he might have been laicized, or perhaps moved out of the country and become incardinated elsewhere. So, I called Msgr. Henneberry, the Vicar General for the Diocese of Saint John, to find out. No luck. He doesn’t know. I have to contact the bishop.
I have sent an email request to Bishop Robert Harris. As yet, no response.
As I have also mentioned in the past, I have been trying to get information on the extradition process re our fugitive predatory Oblate, Father Eric Dejaeger omi. Not easy either. I am now awaiting the return of people with Justice Canada who can answer my questions. That is supposed to happen today or tomorrow.
I will wrap up with this:
11 August 2010: Pope Benedict rejects Irish bishops’ resignations
I am floored! Why did he do that? Why?
Enough for now,