If you haven’t heard yet the big news from the Archdiocese of Moncton is that former Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache has been retained to deal with/’compensate’ the “alleged” victims of Father Camille Leger, and, of course any other victims who happen to come forward.
I was sick when I read the first report this first report on the ‘good news’ morning:
04 June 2012: Cap-Pelé church abuse victims can turn to ex-judge
I am still sick, and totally and utterly disgusted.
Another cover-up in the offing.
I have two big problems with this deal:
(1) Cover-up of any and/or all prior cover-ups
I am in no way, shape of form adverse to the victims being compensated, nor am I adverse to their desire to retain their anonymity, but I am totally opposed to concealing the number of victims who come forward along with details as to when they were molested, who was aware of and/or advised of the abuse, which diocesan officials and/or clergy – by name – knew of the abuse, and when diocesan officials and/or clergy were informed of the abuse and their response.
All of this can be done without sweeping the facts under the carpet as was done when Mr. Bastarche brokered the deal with the victims form the Diocese of Bathurst. Catholics have not only a right, but a need to know, what has been going on the Archdiocese of Moncton.
(2) Cover-up of the identities of predatory priests
I am totally adverse to concealing the names of all other clerical predators, dead or alive, who molested in the Archdiocese of Moncton and whose victims will be quietly be compensated by Bastarache/Archbishop Richard “conciliation” deal. Again, I believe to the depth of my being that Catholics have both a right and a need to know what has been going on the Archdiocese of Moncton, and, for that matter, in every other diocese in the country.
There was not a murmur from the archdiocese of financial compensation for the many Father Camille Leger victims. Not a boo – until Normand Brun spoke out. All we heard were tales about “rumours.” Everyone it seemed had heard “rumours” about Father Camille Leger. Just “rumours.” Until Norm Brun spoke out.
Norm is no rumour. Back in 1997, within 48 hours of his standing on archdiocesan doorstep he had a cheque in his hand. the archdiocese put a cheque in his hand .
That’s no rumour. That’s fact.
Don’t, please don’t anyone tell or try to convince me that Archbishop Richard didn’t see that little factoid stashed away in the Father Camille Leger file.
We were told that Norm’s lawyer was there to negotiate the 1997 ‘deal.” False. Norm was told to find himself AFTER the pay-off had been negotiated. That’s fact.
I personally think that once Norm spoke out the archdiocesan house of cards was about to come tumbling down.
Time to do damage control. Time to circle the wagon. And time to herd the scared, ashamed and ever-so-vulnerable victims, one and all, into the Bastarche/Moncton Archdiocese corral.
Keep control, and keep the lid on the magnitude of the archdiocesan sex abuse scandal. That’s the name of the game. The victims are unwitting pawns.
I urge those who opt to go with the Bastarche/Moncon Archdiocese deal and desire anonymity to insist that details of their abuse and/or contact with clergy and/or archdiocesan officials in the past re the abuse be made public in such fashion that their anonymity is respected. Believe me, it can be done and Mr. Bastarche is more than capable of complying with such a request.
I likewise urge those victims of clergy other than Father Camille Leger who opt to go with the Bastarche/Moncton Archdiocese deal to insist that the name of their priest-molester be made public by both Mr. Bastarache and Archbishop Richard, and that is to be done along with details of the abuse and/or contact with clergy and/or archdiocesan officials regarding the abuse. If they desire anonymity then demand it. Both Mr. Bastarche and Archbishop Ricard are more than capable of complying with such a request.
Please don’t allow yourself to be used and abused as no more than pawns in a coverup. You are worth more and deserve more.
Finally, there are a number of victims who opted out of the Bastarche/Bathurst deal. That’s fact. I don’t know the details as to why they opted, but I do believe they may be in a position to reach out to victims in the Archdiocese of Moncton who are struggling right now and see this Bastarche/Moncton Archdiocese invitation as a welcome “deal.” For the sake of truth and justice, and for the well-being of the “Moncton” victims, I urge and implore those who opted out of the deal in Bathurst to speak out.
I have posted a number of documents and article re this ‘good news’:
04 June 2012: Case against Roman Catholic priest set over (Accused/Smith: Father George Smith)
On a final note, I will say yet again that I am sick and tired of Church officials using, playing on and encouraging the fear and shame of victims. It is well beyond time those same officials started to assure the victims that they, the victims, have nothing – nothing – to be ashamed of. It is high time too that those officials start to assure victims that the shame belongs squarely on the shoulders of their molester. I don’t expect them to add that the blame also belongs squarely on the shoulders of those who covered-up for and/or blithely reycled their molester, but, of course, it does. For now I would be happy to see officials reach out to victims and let them know what we know but so many victims do not know or believe, the shame does NOT belong to the victims. Stop, for goodness sake stop encouraging the silence and shame.
Sorry, one final note on this. For what it’s worth, Bathurst’s Bishop Valery Vienneau who last reatined the services of Mr. Bastarache, is the former Vicar General of the Moncton Archdiocese who , in 1997, was present for the brokering of the Norm Brun pay-off. Vienneau is a Cap Pele native – he and Norm when to school together for 10 years. And, also for what it’s worth, Moncton’s Archbishop Richard spent several years serving in Cap Pele while Father Camille Leger was there.
Father George Ansel Smith’s court date of today has been set over to 10 September 2012:
04 June 2012: Case against Roman Catholic priest set over
All we know at this time is that the Crown is still awaiting the outcome of the Nova Scotia investigation.
Keep the complainants in your prayers. This is hard on them.
I have heard nothing as yet on the outcome of today’s court dates for
(1) Gabriele Del Bianco (Sarnia, Ontario)
Does anyone have any news?
Enough for now,