Father Jacques Faucher has a court date tomorrow morning (02 April 2013):
Tuesday, 02 April 2013: 08:30 am, courtroom #5, “to be spoken to,” Ottawa Ontario courthouse (161 Elgin St.)
Please, as always, keep the complainant in your prayers. And, please, as always, post a comment or send a link to any media coverage which may ensue regarding the outcome.
I was going to make further comment on Father Alfred Sasso but just noticed that all of the information I had on him wasn’t posted. I thought I had posted it, but for whatever reason it wasn’t there. It’s there now :).
First, as is evident on the limited information which I have on hand on Father Sasso, this priest (from the Diocese of London Ontario) was charged and convicted in 1980. Despite the fact Sasso molested three young people he was sentenced to only three months in jail (and two years probation)!
By the mid 80s Father Sasso had surfaced at/been recycled to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Second, I don’t know how long Father Sasso was in Vancouver but by 1991 he was back in Windsor and at the Brentwood Recovery Home.
What took Sasso to the Brentwood Recover Home in the early 90s? Did he get into trouble in Vancouver, BC? Is that it? Was he per chance ‘caught’ again – in BC this time? – and shuttled out of Vancouver and shipped off to Brentwood for ‘treatment’ of alcohol-related problems? And then, after ‘treatment’ did he become part of the Brentwood staff?
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least! After all, I can’t imagine why, if all was going well in Vancouver, Father Sasso would decide to pack his bags and head back to Windsor, and to Brentwood at that, can you? Would that perhaps be the scenario if there was a victim in Vancouver ready to talk?
Or, in addition to his problems as a child molester, was he also an alcoholic? and did that ‘problem’ only come to light after Father Sasso landed in Vancouver?
Anyway, as you can see, Father Sasso ended up working at Brentwood. Given that there was media coverage in 198o regarding Sasso’s conviction the Brentwood staff must have known they were hiring a clerical molester?
Note the reference in the two articles re Brentwood to the Charbonneau brothers, two local priests. Father Paul Charbonneau was the director and founder of Brentwood. Father Paul’s brother Bob, also a priest, was first admitted to Brentwood for treatment and later became part of the staff.
By way of interest one of those Charbonneau brothers was once the co-owner of “Quam Bonum,” a property on Big Rideau Lake purchased in the late 60s by Charbonneau and several other Windsor priests. One of those other priests was then Father Eugene Larocque, later Bishop of the scandal-plagued Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, Ontario. Another was one of the Charbonneau brothers.
“Quam Bonum,” approximately a 300 miles from London and a 45-minute-drive from Kingston, Ontario, was sold in 1998.
Oh my! I am catching my breath right now….
I’m back. Had to take a break to have a little read and think….
Look at this little piece of information on Quam Bonum which I put it together 12 years ago (2000) for Dick Nadeau. I had forgotten forgotten about it completely. I believe Dick published all or part of the following on his Project Truth website. Here it is:
In 1968 the then Father Eugene Larocque, along with a group of priests from the Diocese of London, Ontario, purchased a piece of land and farm house close to the scenic Westport, Ontario. The house burnt down and a large bungalow/cottage was built on the site. The property itself is a beautiful and secluded spit of land which juts into Big Rideau Lake. The location is probably equidistant from Newboro and Portland and, in fact, the group used to go to the marina in Portland to purchase gas for their boats and, I think, for groceries.
As you go towards the property you are up high, looking down at the water and land quite a distance down. There is a farm on that road owned by a D. Cheetham. Several people have talked to him and he recalls nothing unusual but, in truth, his property is quite a distance back from the road and at most he would see cars travel by on their way down to the cottage area. From his home he has no visual at all of the property. The only way it can be seen is by going to the road, across the road and to the edge of the land to look down.
Also, one important exception to the seclusion +++ is a small cottage on an adjacent lot to Quam Bonum which is readily visible from the Larocque cottage and vice versa. That cottage is owned by a fellow by the name of Seeward who owns a number of rental cottages on down the road but not at all visible from the Quam Bonum site. He apparently rarely if ever occupies or uses that cottage now. If he was there – and not involved himself! – he would have seen and heard a lot.
The group (Larocque et al) named the site/cottage “Quam Bonum” a Latin phrase familiar to priests as reference to the first lines of Psalm 132 which begins “Ecce quam bonum. . .” and translates:
Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethern to dwell together in unity;
Like the precious ointment on the beard, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron,
Which ran down to the skirt of his garment: as the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon Mount Sion.
For there the Lord hath commanded blessing, and life for evermore.
The property was originally purchased in 1968 for $2,500. It sold in the Fall of 1998 for $300,00. A lawyer from Ottawa by the name of Guest purchased it. The property had been on the market in the Spring and Summer of that year and then was taken off when the group decided not to sell. Apparently the lawyer and his wife convinced the owners to change their mind.
The names that I can find as having had joint ownership in the cottage are:
Father G. H. (Gerry) Duscene (ordained 1953. Deceased about three or four years ago),
Father Robert Albert Charbonneau (ordained 1953). He has a brother Paul (also a priest ordained 1948) who founded a place called Brentwood Recovery for alcoholics but also, if I recall correctly, has branched out and, much like Southdown, deals with sexual problems. Paul spent a number of years as a military chaplain and then, from 1981 on, became involved fulltime with Brentwood. I don’t know if Paul was connected to Quam Bonum. What is interesting is that Robert’s address for a few years (‘91-‘93) was the address for Brentwood.
Father Martin Johnston (a former school teacher. Ordained 1962 at age 34). He is the one who has been looking after the “Boy Scout Association” in London for years. He has also been very active in the charismatic renewal, the Cursillo movement, and COR (Christ in Others Retreat, weekend retreats for young people). He travels to South America nearly every year. Parishioners also recall him going on vacation every year “somewhere up in the islands in Kingston” and, on one occasion, saying he was taking ten days to go there to “fast and pray.” Some thought and understood that he had a cottage “in Kingston.” Some recall that the place he went to had once had a large house which burnt down and was replaced by a new cottage!
Father Johnston is a very close friend of Father Christopher Quinlan (ordained 1962). They were ordained at the same time and apparently were together all the time. Father Quinlan apparently used to go to the cottage with Johnston. I have a vague recollection that Quinlan’s name is on the deed but not 100% certain and can’t find the little piece of paper with the names. There was also a Father Linus Bastien (ordained 1951) who went to the cottage.
All of these priests were from London. Quite a hike to take for a little vacation every year!
Note particularly that Father Linus Bastien used to go to Quam Bonum! Back in 2000 the name Linus Bastien meant absolutely nothing to me. Bastien is now facing charges.
I am wondering too if, after Father Sasso began to work at Brentwood in or around the mid 80s, he ever holidayed with Father Paul Charbonneau at Quam Bonum? It’s possible, is it not? I suppose it’s even possible that he was there at the same time Father Linus Bastien was? I truly don’t know who was there when, but, are not such things possible?
And, Brenda, look – there’s Father Chris Quinlan.
And all this because I decided to do a quick search on my computer on Quam Bonum! A reminder that’s impossible to keep tabs on all the information over the years, and so good that, at Dick’s request, I had put it down in black and white, and was therefore able to call it up on a search.
I need to think this all through …
Enough for now,