No chance yesterday to write up some new info re Brother Gregory and the Brothers of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. I will get that done sometime this weekend.
Three items of note for Canadians yesterday:
(1) Don Grecco
On 13 December 2010 ex priest Don Grecco was sentenced to 18 months in jail. He was out an about early December 2011. It was only yesterday that the general public – and one of his victims – found out that he had been released last December.
Yes,sad but true, even Mike Blum knew nothing of Grecco’s release until yesterday!
I would have thought that at the very least common courtesy and common sense would dictate that victims should be notified when a sex offender is about to be released, or righ on the heel’s of his release.
So, Don Grecco is out and about. Where he is is an unknown: top secret information!
Anyway, here are the relevant articles:
12 April 2012: Former priest Grecco released; whereabouts unknown
13 April 2012: Lawyer calls for ”parishioners revolt”
The Cape Breton Regional Police has ceased its investigation of Father Paul Abbass. No charges have been laid. According to a police statement, investigators “found no basis to pursue any criminal charges at this point” and no further investigation will be conducted “until, and if, any new information should come forward”:
13 April 2012: No charges in Cape Breton priest’s case
13 April 2012: Police drop probe into complaint against C.B. priest
If the Department of Community Services finds no evidence of immoral or unethical behavior then perhaps Talbot House will re-open?
The judge has reserved sentencing of Father James Boudreau until 28 May 2012: he called it “a very difficult sentencing.”
13 April 2012: Crown seeks jail sentence for former Guelph priest
I fear this does not bode well. I hope and pray that another conditional sentence is not in the the offing.
Note again the outpouring of support for a convicted clerical molester, and no less than five “character” witness willing to take the stand to testify publicly and tell the court what a great guy Father Boudreau is. And one of the five, Father Edward Hampson – yes, Father Edward Hampson, ……a priest!
According to media reports Hampson described Boudreau as funny and nice and deserving of respect. He also told the court: “I would trust him with my life, would trust him with my family…My opinion of who he is has not changed.”
Forgiveness is one thing. Pretending nothing happened is another.
I don’t understand. I never will.
Why, I wonder, did our Lord talk about the millstone? If what priests do to these children is really no big deal, why did our Lord talk about the millstone?
I wonder how the victims and their families felt listening to all this huggy-bear-kissy-face business?
Disturbing. There’s just something seriously wrong with this picture,
Enough for now,