Apropos

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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,

Sylvia

(cornwall@theinquiry.ca)

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2 Responses to Apropos

  1. Reality Checker says:

    Sylvia….Rev.Derek Pederson did get re-instated bt the Diosese of St.Catharines at some point after the 1994 fiasco. He’s a priest down in Niagara Falls now and just had his lost wallet returned to him.

    SEE BELOW FROM THE NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW….

    Thank you for kindness
    News
    Posted 6 days ago

    As a priest, I have witnessed both the good and the dark side of humanity.

    In a world where we are bombarded by so many negative messages and see so much evil behaviour manifested everywhere, it is easy to become overwhelmed and even cynical about life and even more tempting to seriously question God’s redemptive plan for humanity. However, this past week, I was graced to be reminded about the goodness of humanity.

    On Thursday evening, after shopping at Costco, I inadvertently left my wallet in the shopping cart outside in the parking lot. When I returned home, I immediately recognized what I had done and I quickly returned to Costco to search for my wallet. Unfortunately, my wallet was gone and I returned home with a heaviness in my heart and thinking that evil had won again.

    When I arrived home, there was a sudden knock on my door. Much to my surprise, a family returned my wallet.

    The young son was the one who actually found the wallet. The father who was very considerate told me that he had once lost his wallet and how he had wished that someone would have returned his wallet to him.

    While I was extremely appreciative and rewarded the son for his kindness, I truly want to commend the father and mother for setting such a fine example of honesty and integrity for their son and for witnessing to me the power of goodness over evil. Even in darkness, there are still bright lights that flicker which remind us of values and virtues that are transcendent and which celebrate the goodness of our common humanity and glorify God. Once again, I thank this family for their goodness, kindness, and inspiration.

    God bless you!

    Reverend Derek Pedersen Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of St. Catharines

  2. Sylvia says:

    What a nice thank you to that family!

    I know that Father Pedersen is still a priest Reality Checker. That’s the only thing I know for sure. I don’t think he has a parish, nor do I know if he has “faculties” (basically meaning the Bishop’s O.K.)to say Mass and hear confessions

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