There are two interviews with Antigonish Bishop Brian Dunn re the Bishop Raymond Lahey child porn scandal that you really must watch and listen to.
I suggest the video first: http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1241879.html
Then follow with the CBC radio interview: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/1221254309/ID=1910877219
Do you see how terribly terribly nervous Bishop Dunn is?
After seeing him on that clip you can almost picture him fielding a few hard questions from CBC.
Have you ever heard such tap dancing?
Bishop Dunn is “very saddened.” And then, a nervous laugh “It’s a shock to me.”
Dunn is not outraged. He’s not angry. No, Bishop Dunn is “saddened.”
Think of it. A fellow bishop was caught with a bag full of sex toys and computer drives loaded with grotesque images of child porn – everything from adult males urinating in the mouths of little boys to depictions of mastery and slavery, and torture of young boys, and various sex acts between boys and men.
And, Bishop Dunn is “saddened.”
Bishop Dunn knew nothing. Bishop Dunn heard nothing.
Bishop Dunn admitted he knew Lahey when the pair were in Newfoundland and, in fact acknowledges the key role Lahey played in that province: “He [Lahey] was a leader in many ways.”
Indeed he was. Lahey was a leader “in many ways.”
So, yes, I suppose that part is sad. It’s sad that despite reports in 1989 that Lahey was into porn he continued to ‘lead’ and enjoy the respect of the naïve and trusting faithful.
And it’s sad that we Catholics are stuck with liturgical ditties composed by a bishop whose mind was NOT on God, but on naked boys and all manner of sexual depravity.
And it’s sad that the laity seem to know and hear more about what goes on in their Church than do their bishops.
All of that is sad. True. It’s sad.
But, it seems to me that sad falls short as an episcopal response to news of the sexual depravity and filth which has been occupying Bishop Lahey’s mind and eyes.
And, yes, that is sad.
Anyway, that’s where the Bishop of Antigonish is at. He’s “saddened.”
Note how Dunn avoids answering the question as to whether or not Lahey should be defrocked.
And what of the overt display of Episcopal bad nerves. Why? Why the nerves? Where did that come from?
Bishop Brian Dunn, by the way, was born and raised in St. John’s Newfoundland. He studied at the University of Western Ontario and completed his seminary formation at St. Peter’s seminary in London, Ontario. He was ordained for the Diocese of Grand Falls Newfoundland in 1980. He received a licentiate in Canon Law at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa (1990) and a doctorate in 1991. In 2008 he was installed as auxiliary bishop to Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe in the diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He replaced Bishop Lahey as Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish in November 2009.
The Sudbury charges against Father William Hodgson Marshall have finally been transferred to Windsor. I confirmed today. They were transferred on 03 May 2011.
Now I personally can feel comfortable knowing that the 08-09 June 2011 Windsor court dates can proceed as planned.
There are plans afoot for a protest. I don’t know where the plans are at, but I commend you “Sorry I Can’t Say” for the idea. I hope you get the support needed to make it a reality. The voice of victims must be heard and I believe people would be interested in hearing what you have to say. I think there is a possibility that if you get things planned in advance people may travel to offer their support – no guarantees because people may be supportive but loathe to protest, but if you get the word and details out, it MAY happen.
Father John (Jack) McCann omi will no longer be saying Masses at Mount Carmel. According to reports on CFRA radio the Archdiocese says McCann is no longer in active ministry.
Why does it take publicity to get these predators out of our sanctuaries?
I have asked before and will ask again: how many more known clerical molesters are serving in the Archdiocese of Ottawa? And what will it take for Roman Catholics to reach the day that they can know with certainty that the priest in the sanctuary, school, hospital or wherever is not a known sexual predator? Our bishops obviously aren’t screening them out.. How do we get there? What does it take?
Anyway, watch for the circling of the wagons to explain this one away.
Finally on this , I have a picture of McCann which I will scan and post shortly.
Keep an eye on New to the Site. I will be posting articles there and, when busy will not necessarily comment. (New to the Site can be accessed manually by clicking on the “NEW” tab on the black horizontal menu at the top of the page)
A busy day. I haven’t forgotten my promise to post my email exchange with Ottawa’s Viocar General, Monsignor Kevin Beach. I will have that done by day’s end 🙂
Enough for now,