A few days ago I was told that the Diocese of Pembroke was suing ex-priest and convicted molester Bernard Prince. I checked into it. It turns out that the diocese is actually crossclaiming against Prince: it is denying any irresponsibility for Prince’s abuse, but, in the event that it is found responsible by the court, it expects Prince to ante in.
This is happening with all the Prince lawsuits. It has been going on since 2009!!
Initially I was really annoyed with the idea of the crossclaim, but, I must admit there is a part of me which believes that clerical molesters should not be getting off scott free financially in these lawsuits as they usually do.
But, is this the only way to dip into the pockets of molesters to force them to pay their ‘dues’?
For some reason I don’t like it when I see that it is the diocese which is initiating the action against Prince. I smell a rat.
Perhaps that’s because I don’t like the denials I see in the Statement of Defence? Prince was convicted in a court of law for goodness sake. And there is paper trail which shows that Church officials were aware as far back as the 60s that Prince was molesting and turned a blind eye:
30 March 2010: Barry Conway Affidavit re Monsignor Bernard Prince sex abuse
Why then the denial of responsibility?
Why put the victims through this?
Oh, yes, oops, I forget: $$$$$$s. That’s what it’s all about now, is it not? The almighty dollar. Not, as we might hope, as as it should be, in Almighty God, but, ………………….The Almighty Dollar.
Somehow the whole thing doesn’t sit well.
If the diocese wants to squeeze dollars out of Prince to help defray their costs then why not just flat out sue him? Why does it have to be done this way? Why choke up the victims’ suit with this?
Obviously I’m not a lawyer. Still, I truly do not see why the diocese would opt to go this route. Common sense and concern for the victims tells me there has to be another way to get money out of Bernard Prince. If the diocese thinks he owes them, then let them sort it out between themselves. Leave the victims out of it. Heaven knows, they’ve suffered enough.
Anyway, for now the bottom line is that for the past two years the diocese has been denying responsibility for the damage Bernard Prince inflicted on a host of young lads, but, in the event that it loses that battle in court and is obliged to pay it wants Prince to ante in.
I’m sure Prince isn’t about to roll over on this one.
I think the victims deserve better than these legal head games.
A final note. I updated the Monsignor Bernard Prince page today.
Enough for now,