A busy day yesterday. Unexpected and most welcome company in the evening.
A few quick comments before I call it a day.
Father William Allen had a court date scheduled for yesterday. Does anyone have any information?
Archbishop Martin W Bishop Currie (Diocese Grand Falls and Archdiocese St. John’s Newfoundland) is on retreat with his priests in the Diocese of Grand Falls. Convicted child molester Father Michael J Walsh is apparently there too.
I was told by a reliable source that the retreat is being conducted Bishop Richard Grecco. Grecco, many will recall, is Bishop of the Diocese of Charlottetown PEI. He is also brother of ex-priest and convicted molester Don Grecco.
Some may also recall that Father George Smith, a priest from the Diocese of St. George’s Newfoundland who had sex abuse allegations against him reported to the dioceses’ bishop of the day, Raymond Lahey, was recycled to PEI. Sometime in the late 1990s Smith became incardinated in the Diocese of Charlottetown, PEI. In May of this year, when a man came forward with childhood sex abuse allegations against him, Smith was functioning as a priest in PEI. The investigation on the Smith allegations is ongoing.
I have no idea what the theme of the retreat is.
When the priest’s retreat is over Archbishop Currie will be catching the ferry to head for St. Brendan’s to do damage control.
My instinct is that once Currie is on the island he will do what he can to convince those poor souls that he has all the faith in the world in Father Walsh, and perhaps tell them that Father Walsh is truly a wonderful man and holy priest who made a little ‘mistake’ or two, and that Father Walsh he has been totally ‘rehabilitated,’ and that Father Walsh has suffered grievously, and that Father Walsh has paid for his crimes, and that he who is without sin should cast the first stone, and that we are all sinners, and that Father Walsh is only human, and that they really must find it in their hearts to forgive Father Walsh for molesting those boys, and that Father Walsh would never ever lay a wayward hand on a single child.
I pray I am wrong. I really do hope and pray that the Archbishop is taking the ferry to St. Brendan’s to apologize to those poor souls for hoisting Father Walsh upon them, and to advise them that he has actually revoked Father Walsh’s faculties so that this convicted molester can never again say Mass or hear confessions. I hope and pray too he is going to apologize to all Walsh’s victims for so callously minimizing their abuse by recycling Walsh.
I wonder what Father Walsh will be doing while Archbishop Currie heads over to the island. Will he perchance catch the same ferry as the bishop? or, will he wait back in Grand Falls/Windsor for an all clear?
We shall see.
Trip to St. Brendan’s aside, it should be an interesting retreat. There should also be a few interesting conversations over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. I would guess too that Archbishop Currie will be the beneficiary of a few words of advice as to how to handle ‘those difficult Catholics in St. Brendan’s.’
A few comments on some media articles posted yesterday
(1) 04 October 2010: Grecco, Wingle named in victim lawsuit
Good for you Michael Blum. Good for you. I and I know many others will be waiting for the reports of the press conference.
(2) 20 September 2010: Iglulik priest turns himself in
I just came across this yesterday. Note that according to this article on 20 September 2010: “The federal justice department has not yet filed an extradition request to bring Dejaeger to Canada to face the charges” and chief federal prosecutor Barry McLaren s quoted as follows: ““There are discussions going on between the department of justice and the Belgium authorities about whether extradition is a possibility,”
Whether extradition is a possibility?!
How long will/can this go on? What exactly is the problem?
Perhaps, just perhaps, someone has by now decided that extradion IS possible?
(3) 03 October 2010: NS pedophile case deserves inquiry: group
Now this puts another slant onto the Eric Dejaeger mess. This is not about a priest, but it is about a molester who very successfully fled the country.
Unbelievable as it may seem this fugitive from justice managed to have his Canadian passport renewed, not once, but TWICE. And he made a number of visits to Canada after he had fled!!!!
Just read it and tell me we don’t have some serious problems when it comes to dealing with child molesters who flee the country.
Interesting, for what it’s worth, that both MacIntosh and Dejaeger successfully fled the country in 1995.
Anyway, I now find myslef wondering if Dejaeger made any visits back to Canada? It would not surprise me in the least. If MacIntosh managed it, why not Dejaeger?
Thank you prima facia for drawing that important story to my attention.
(4) 04 October 2010: A new helping hand
That was open house. Now on to the grand opening.
Enough for now,