The thread from yesterday regarding Pembroke Priests for Justice, Truth & Integrity got me thinking about a legal document which I attained many years ago. It related to a priest in the Diocese of St. Catharine’s who basically blew the whistle, and, as a consequence, was stripped of his priestly faculties.
The timing seems apropos. I went on a hunt to find it.
Here it is:
27 January 1994: Pedersen v. Fulton
There are many things about the above case which are of interest, not the least of which is the fact it relates to the Diocese of St. Catharine’s and raises the question: what did Father Derek Pedersen have and about whom in that binder? That aside, look what happened to Father Pedersen. I don’t know the background on this, but the one for sure is that Father Pedersen was not happy that Bishop Fulton was not responding to his complaints regarding the conduct of at least one diocesan priest. Pedersen decided to take action – he disseminated the information to various persons.
Look at the consequence….
Bishop Fulton, then Bishop of St. Catharine’s, stripped Pedersen of his priestly faculties.
The latter is the sole reason I am posting this right now. I think it may give a degree of understanding to the Pembroke Priests for Justice actions and current desire for anonymity.
We would do well to meditate on the potential ramifications of being a clerical whistle-blower.
Let’s keep these courgageous clergy in our prayers.
Enough for now,