The name of Father Jacques Faucher, a priest of the Archdiocese of Ottawa now facing charges related to sex abuse of a seven-year-old boy in the 70s, has been added to the Accused page, and a Father Jacques Faucher page with further information has been added.
As you can see, Father Faucher has been a busy man, involved since his 1960 ordination in school boards, the ecumenical movement, teaching high school catechism, French language issues, the homeless, and, of course, as parish priest in various churches in the Ottawa Archdiocese.
He’s out on bail. Lots of conditions, but, the bottom line is he’s out and about. Why bail is granted in these cases is still beyond me, but, there you go. He’s out and about.
There are a series of documents and articles posted on the page, either attached as text articles at the bottom, or accessible via links. You can work your way through them at your leisure. There is one letter to the Editor however that I want to draw attention to. It’s a letter to the Editor of the Prairie Messenger, a “Catholic” weekly published by St. Peter’s Press in Muenster, Saskatchewan. Here it is:
27 November 2002: PM has helped Christian-Muslim dialogue in nation’s capital
There are two sentences of interest, one because it relates to Father Faucher, and the other because it relates to an Oblate priest whose name has figured prominently on the site. Here are the sentences with my comment underneath each:
(1) “My brother, Jean-Paul Isabelle, OMI, gave us a subscription years ago”
That’s one and the same Father Jean-Paul Isabelle who at the very least twiddled his thumbs when Father Eric Dejeager decided to elude justice by fleeing to his native Belgium. He certainly didn’t stop him.
And it’s the same Father Isabelle who set up a sort of secret code so that Dejaeger could let the Oblates here know where he was, and, yes, it’s the same Father Isabelle who sent a letter warning Dejaeger that a warrant was out for his, Dejaeger’s, arrest.
Finally, it’s the same Father Isabelle who told the RCMP he didn’t know where Dejeager was in Belgium.
(2) “The very first thing I do after reading your paper is to pass it on to a very close friend, L’abb* Jacques Faucher, who was and is on a very modest income as a parish priest in Ottawa but now re-assigned to an ecumenical role in the diocese..”
That’s one and the same Father Jacques who is now facing charges related to sex abuse of a seven-year-old boy in the 70s.
I have another few bits and pieces to add to the page. I will do so tomorrow and make note of the additions when I do so.
As I said elsewhere, I commend the complainant for summoning the courage to go to police. Well done. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong.
I will post here the contact info from the Ottawa Police Service Press Release of yesterday:
Anyone with information about this incident or other incidents is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or Phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.
One more thing before I forget. There was apparently a publication ban on court proceedings this morning. Strange.
I have a few articles which were kindly sent to me on the Deacon Cassista charges. All being well I will put them through google translate and post them tomorrow.
My trip to Victoria, BC to testify at trial is turning into a bit of mess 🙁 My flight was booked by the AG’s office yesterday. I received the eticket today. As soon as I got the info today I set about finding and booking a flight for my husband. I really do want him there with me in court .
So, after some fiddling online and a couple of phone calls I finally bought the ticket, and, barring Calgary to Ottawa on the return flight, we will be able to fly together.
BUT, within about an hour or less of booking the flight, word from Victoria that the trial may be postponed! I am now waiting for further word :(.
Oh my! Not a good day. Ash Wednesday yesterday. Not a good start for Lent. Not a good Valentine’s Day.
A belated Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone 🙂
Enough for now,