The document I referred to yesterday is posted. It’s an email from Brother Raymond Ducharme fic to “Bejamin” (pseudonym) , the man who was sodomised by Brother Lawrence Lambert back in 1965. Brother Duchamre was – is he still? – Vice Provincial of the Brother of Christian Instruction in Japan. Here is the email:
The email was sent two days before Christmas 2013, and just shy of a month before the 21 January 2014 meeting in a Tokyo synagogue between Benjamin, his molester, Brother Lambert, and the author of the email, Brother Ducharme.
I have started preparing a commentary, but, time to get a late supper together! However, do please read and reflect on the words for now. There are several things in that email which truly warrant comment, but for now I will tell you that when I first read it I was completely taken aback by the following:
I compare life to a thread enrolling on itself with the experiences that we make. That thread becomes a ball of thread (the ball of one’s life). In your life story (your life ball) there is a bump built up by the actions of Br. Lawrence. There is a bump also in Br. Lawrence’s ball. Through our meeting, we would like to remove the bump as much as we can.
Benjamin has a bump in his ball. And, oh yes, not to be outdone, Brother Lawrence has a bump in his ball too.
I swear to goodness I have never in my life read anything quite so silly and trite – particularly when it comes to a situation such as this: a Roman Catholic Brother and teacher sodomising an 11-year-old Jewish boy in a school run by a Roman Catholic religious order of brothers. Such foolish prattle becomes downright appalling when we recall the words of Father John Mary Robert de la Mennais, the founder of the Brothers of Christian Instruction/Mennasians:
“My dear children whom Jesus our Saviour loved so much that he embraced them. Come to us, stay with us, we will be the guardian angels of your innocence.”
More on the email later. It may have to wait until tomorrow. We shall see….
A reminder that Nathan Labatt, a former youth volunteer for the Archdiocese of Regina has a courtdate on Monday:
04 May 2015: 10 am, Humboldt courthouse, Humboldt, Saskatchewan (805 8th Avenue)
Labatts’ lawyer has not appeared in person for the last two courtdates. I have no idea of tomorrow will be any different.
A positively beautiful day today! 26 C!! We’ve gone from Winter to Summer in the twinkle of an eye. Today my husband and I took advantage of the situation to tackle some much needed outdoor work – and husband spent much of that time scraping mounds of salt off the garage floor! Mounds. Really and truly! Mounds. I think the city outdid itself salting roads and streets this year 🙁
Enough for now,