Father Linus Bastein has a court date tomorrow at the Windsor, Ontario court house. I don’t have the start time but imagine it will be 09:30 am as it has been in the past. I doubt that Bastein will be in attendance, and think this will probably be one of those revolving door scenarios with lawyers in and out in the twinkle of an eye, but, I could be mistaken. If anyone has the time to spare to attend by all means do so, but I really don’t think there will be anything of significance happening.
Keep the complainants in you prayers. No matter what does or doesn’t happen in court these court days are always difficult.
I received some further information from the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. John’s Newfoundland re Father Patrick Slaney:
I have gone through our records here and found that the Apostleship of the Sea of the USA, an organization serving the shipping industry, including cruise lines, was informed of Father Slaney’s status in 2005. AOS USA has an “Approved List” of priests available to serve as chaplains on ships. Father Slaney is not on this list and anyone contacting AOS would be advised of his status. The last report of Father Slaney being on a cruise ship was the one that you indicated that docked at Cape Town in 2006. It appears that Father Slaney’s status has become widely known since then.
Father Slaney had his faculties suspended, except for celebrating Mass privately, in 1989. While he has engaged in unauthorized activity since then, we believe that the most efficient and effective way to prevent him from doing this is to make his status widely known. This has been done over the years, in Canada, the USA, with AOS and the cruise industry. And, as you know, the information has been disseminated recently in Britain and Ireland.
It is common practice now for priests in good standing to carry written credentials when they travel and seek permission to engage in ministry in places where they are not known. It is prudent practice at the present time to check on any unknown priest who appears asking to engage in ministry who does not present such credentials. This would apply to dioceses and religious congregations, and also to cruise lines. Fortunately, in the internet age, information is readily available on Father Slaney on several sites, not only your own. Anyone who wants to check on him can do an internet search and find out his true status. As you found out, my contact information is readily available to anyone who wants information directly from the Archdiocese of St. John’s.
I must add that everyone to whom I have given information on Father Slaney understands that he is suspended from public ministry, and readily accepts that they must not allow him opportunities to do so.
There is no indication that Father Slaney has acted as a cruise ship chaplain since 2006. In 2008, he gave a retreat to a convent of nuns in England who were likely unaware of his true status. Since then, he has either ceased to attempt to engage in ministry, or finds that wherever he goes he is not permitted to do anything. His status in the church is now widely known. We do not want him to engage in any form of ministry anywhere. I believe that the wide dissemination of information on him has been effective in this regard.
(Very Rev.) Francis Puddister
Enough for now,