Father Eric Dejaeger- Iqaluit, Nunavut, 20 January 2011
I’m glad he’s over there and in prison, but it is difficult to let it go…
I am grateful to the many Belgians who remained vocal regarding Eric Dejaeger’s success in avoiding facing his accusers and the need to return him to a Canadian court of law to do so. There are Belgian cleric abuse victim-advocates, Belgian playwrights, Belgian journalists who cared enough to keep this story alive. Their caring and actions were in stark contrast to federal Canadian officials who were ‘too busy with terrorism’ and who were moaning that ‘extradition was sooooo difficult’. These Canadian civil servants failed badly. (As did the Oblates who aided Dejaeger.)
In conclusion: I believe it is important to acknowledge key people who kept this story alive. I will start by thanking one such person, whose contribution has been outstanding. Thank you, Sylvia.
Thank you for those kind words 1yellowknife 🙂 In truth, and as we are seeing on this site, the internet is making it increasingly difficult for these molesters to hide. Thankfully, last Spring I decided to set up a database of priests in Canada who have been charged, sued or publicly accused. Dejaeger’s name was on the list – that came to the attention of Lieve in Belgium and it went from there.
There are many on both sides of the Atlantic who worked diligently to see Dejaeger brought to justice. On this side, your translations of articles kept us all abreast of happenings in Belgium. Michel B gave us a look at what happened in Baker Lake and then sunk his teeth into letter-writing. There are many others.
Bottom line: Thanks to the internet we are truly reaching the day where they can run but they won’t be able to hide 🙂 It is a new era.
Thank you for the hats off, Sylvia and thank you to everyone who continue in persuit of justice for the vulnurable from heinous criminal actions glad to have been able to be part of the team. Here is an article just came out
I just posted the article Michel. Excellent editorial. Someone is thinking and trying to put the pieces together. Excellent.
I added a few comments re the law firm which handled Dejaeger’s case back in the mid 90s. Sheldon Pinx is the lawyer who recently got Monsignor Roger Bazin off scott free!
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