More allegations, this time from the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario.
A lawsuit has been launched alleging sexual abuse by Father Paul Hamilton. The plaintiff, Joseph Hanoski, alleges the abuse began when he was 16 and continued for several years. The allegations date to Hamilton’s years at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Belleville, Ontario, and, according to media reports, specifically to the years 1997 to 2002.
There have been rumblings about Father Hamilton for years. I recall hearing some years back that he was pulled from Holy Rosary without explanation, and later learned that, on the heels of his departure from Holy Rosary, he had been shipped off to Southdown. All was kept hush hush. When he returned to the Kingston area he was not allowed to function as a priest. Still, not a word from the bishop.
According to media reports Hamilton has not been serving in the Archdiocese for seven years. That marries with what I have heard from various sources. I believe Father Paul Hamilton has in fact been living with a family member. I also heard over the years that he was trying to get back into ministry but was turned down by both Archbishop Brendan O’Brien and his predecessor Archbishop Anthony Meagher.
There are many questions here:
(1) Why was Hamilton removed from Holy Rosary?
(2) Why was Hamilton shipped off to Southdown?
(3) Why was Father Hamilton not allowed to function as a priest?
(4) If at least two bishops considered Hamilton unfit to serve as a priest, why was he not defrocked?
Note too that the Statement of Claim names Father Michael Reed as a defendant in the lawsuit. Reed, according to the lawsuit, knew what was happening and failed to report to the proper authorities.
I will add Father Michael Reed’s name to the Accused list, as one who, in this instance, is accused of cover-up.
Father Reed and Hamilton were like the Bobbsey twins. They vacationed together, frequently, and all over creation. And they visited back and forth, frequently – Reed generally off to visit Hamilton at Holy Rosary.
I recall many years ago being shocked to learn that one or both were advertising Tilley hats. I am sure I recall a picture of at least one of them sporting the hat in the ad, and think I may still have it somewhere.
Reed, who was pastor at Blessed Sacrament in Kingston and St. Bartholomew in Amherst Island, was suddenly placed on administrative leave in early November 2011. No explanation.
I will add more info as I can.
Father Yvon Doiron’s sentencing hearing is 30 January 2012 in Campbellton, New Brunswick (1:30 pm)
I am awaiting a call back to get the next court date for Father Kenneth O’Keefe.
Enough for now.