Father Daniel Miller has a court date tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 13 June 2012) in Renfrew: 9:30 am, Renfrew courthouse (127 Raglan St. S.) Renfrew, Ontario. I believe this is still to merge the two sets of charges.
Please, as always, keep the complainants in your prayers, and, let’s pray that tomorrow the charges are finally joined so things can start to move along in the system.
I told you that I had a chat with Raymond Fougere yesterday and would relay a few details. It’s taken me a while to sit down and do so. It’s troublesome. There is not a lot to relay, but, very disturbing.
Here is what I learned from Raymond.
Raymond is from Shediac, New Brunswick.
In 1976, when he was 24, Raymond moved to Cap Pele to find work as a handyman.
Raymond had a girl-friend. The girlfriend became pregnant. Raymond went to the local church to get help.
As I understand it, Raymond was at the back of the church beside a collection box when Father Camille Leger came in.
Father Leger accused Raymond of stealing from the collection box. Leger told the young man that, in exchange for sexual favours, he would not report Raymond to the police.
According to Raymond, he was convinced that he wouldn’t stand a chance if the parish priest told police he stole from the church.
For the next week-and-a-half Raymond was routinely sodomized by Father Camille Leger. After a week-and-half Raymond couldn’t take any more. He left town. He never went back.
He just went to the church for help.
Raymond is just now reaching out to make contact with his son. He does not know and has never laid eyes on his own flesh and blood. He wants to meet him.
According to Raymond there were a number of priests in Moncton who were molesting boys. He has personally heard stories. He knows one victim who received a huge settlement from the archdiocese some years ago. He doesn’t recall the name of the priest.
At the time we spoke Raymond had already attempted to contact Michel Bastarche to take part in the conciliation process. He had not had a return call and was planning to call again.
Please keep Raymond and all the victims of Father Camille Leger and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Moncton in your prayers.
Enough for now,