I have added information on Father Pedro Aldea which people really should take a look at. Included is
28 October 2005: Between Her Majesty the Queen Pedro Surtida Aldea: Oral Sentencing
Can you believe it? This priest was caught because he took pictured which constituted child porn and actually took the film into a Regina photo processing shop to have it developed! And then charges of manufacturing child porn charges were dropped when he pled guilty to soliciting the services of underage prostitutes! And a charge of having sex with a prostitute also seemed to disappear.
And read the accolades which came his way after he was convicted. From some rather prominent citizens!
In the end, a paltry 12 month conditional sentence.
That was 2005. And, he’s still a priest. Whether or not he says or assists at Masses I have no idea, but Pedro Aldea is still Father Aldea. He is still a priest.
Meanwhile over in the Vatican, and, in response to recent allegations that the Italian Prime Minister has solicited the services of underage prostitutes Cardinal Bertone is calling on public officials to “commit themselves to a more robust morality, a sense of justice and legality”?
What can I say?
Nothing new yesterday on Father Eric Dejaeger. He appears to request bail Monday at 1:30 pm. I think all will be quiet until then.
I must say that in watching TV coverage and the film clips of Dejaeger’s arrival in Iqaluit I thought he looked totally discombobulated. I suppose he would be, wouldn’t he? One day he’s foot-loose and fancy-free in Belgium, and the next he is taken into custody, then locked in a detention centre for illegal immigrants in Bruges, then air borne en route to Canada, and, before he’s had a chance to really know what hit him there he is back in Iqaluit, Nunavit. I say back because with his years in the North I’m sure he must have been there before, back in the days when it was Frobisher Bay and part of the North West Territories.
A shock to the sytem to be back. Without a doubt, a shock. That’s the last place in the world he wanted to be.
I am hard pressed to feel sorry for him. I can well imagine he has much to think about: where is home? after 15 years on the lam, where in Canada will he call home? But, the mess he’s in now is his own doing, no one else’s. He’s the author of his own demise.
I suppose the Oblates will find a spot for him somewhere when this is all over. I am quite certain that they will. In fact, they have an obligation to look after him.
But what about bail? IF he were to get bail – and that’s a BIG big if – where in Iqaluit could he possibly be planning to stay? Perhaps he has old friends?
We shall see….
Hoping you had a good weather and arrived in New Brunswick safely John-Derek.
A reminder to those who can make the trip to the courthouse in Campbellton New Brunswick that the next sex abuse trial of Father Charles Picot is 1:30 pm. Monday 24 January 2011.
Finally, while thinking of the Bathurst Diocese, there’s still not a single boo about the Bathurst Diocese-Bastarche compensation package. How many victims opted in? How many victims opted out? Have the victims been paid? How many priests were identified as molesters? What are the names of the clerical molesters?
Not a word!
I have some more information on convicted molester Father Michael J Walsh’syears in Halifax, Nova Scotia which I have been planning to post for several weeks. I will get that taken care of this weekend 🙂
Enough for now,