I have added a page with further information on Father Patrick Slaney. This is the priest I mentioned yesterday whom I thought was dead, or defrocked or out of the country, and then discovered that he was conducting a retreat in England in 2008! Father Slaney hasn’t been listed in the Canadian Catholic Church Directories since 1997 so it was a shock to see that he was still out and about and very much a priest.
However, I have now discovered that Slaney is apparently defiantly out and about of his own volition. There are actually warnings out about him across the United States, for example the following from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:
“The Diocese of Manchester has advised the USCCB that Fr. Patrick Slaney, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Newfoundland, has made solicitations for Mass intentions and stipends to Catholic faithful. Fr. Slaney has had no canonical faculties for many years following a criminal conviction for sex abuse. If further information is needed, please contact the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Fr. Francis Puddister, at 709.726.3660.” (The USCCB is the acronym for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
These warnings seem to date to troubles with Slaney around 2007. I did find the warning still on dicoesan websites, but find no indication that Slaney is still ‘at it.’ i.e., trying to get people to give him monies to offer Masses on their behalf – and he apparently has no faculties to say those Masses because he was allegedly stripped of his faculties some time after he was convicted back on 1993!
So, that was 2007. And then, in 2008, there he is over in England conducting a retreat for a group of nuns! and they think he’s a priest from Toronto!!. And he presumably was heading off after the retreat to spend a wee spell as chaplain on a cruise!!!
I tried to call the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. John’s Newfoundland to find out what exactly the situation is with Father Slaney. When I got an answering machine I decided to send an email instead. So, the email is away and I am waiting for word back. I doubt that I will hear anything until the beginning of the week, but, as soon as I do I will pass along what I learn.
Note that back in 1989 Slaney was arrested in Toronto “and had been working at a rehabilitation home for Roman Catholic clergy in Aurora, Ont.”
That would be Southdown.
What was Slaney doing ‘working’ at Southdown? And how long did he work there?
That aside, note how long it took to get his case to trial. He was charged in 1988, and was finally convicted in 1993. That’s because Slaney fought tooth and nail every inch of the way to elude the charges. His first effort was a claim that his Charter rights to a speedy trial had been violated. The court ruled in his favour. The ruling was appealed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal ordered a new trial. And then Slaney appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada!
An expensive proposition – all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Anyway, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed his appeal, and back he went to trial. he was finally convicted.
Seven months!!! That was the sentence. Seven months.
Quite a saga, and it’s not over.
Enough for now