Day One of the scheduled two-day sex abuse trial of Father Charles Picot starts tomorrow in Bathurst, New Brunswick:
26 May 2015: 09:30 am, TRIAL, Bathurst New Brunswick courthouse (254 St. Patrick Street)
This is Father Picot’s fourth sex abuse trial. Yes, fourth. And yes, sad to say, despite two convictions he’s still a priest in the Roman Catholic Churc!.
He is currently charged with two counts of indecent assault, one count of gross indecency, and one count of sexual assault. The charges were laid November 2013
I encourage those who can do so to please attend.
Please keep the complainant in your prayers. I also ask you to remember all of Father Picot’s victims – it is a difficult time for all of them.
As always, please pass along news of what happens in court as well as links to media coverage.
Much earlier int he day I mentioned attempting to post an interview with ex-priest Paul David Ryan. The interview was conducted by staff from the Australian Royal Commission which is currently conducting hearings in Ballarat.
Well, it just didn’t work. There were parts oft he converted pdf file which were just fine. but there was also a lot of text which was a jumble. I started work to fix it up, but after about an hour of that decided I would be at it forever. So, I have posted an external link to the document. That works just as was well right now, and will continue to work as long at the Royal Commission website is up and running. If and when the commission decides to remove documents or shut down its website the link will be dead. That’s why I prefer to download and post such documents on Sylvia’ Site.
Anyway, on to the matter of the Royal Commission and ex-priest Paul David Ryan.
First, click here to access the Broken Rites Australia website for further information on Father Paul David Ryan. As you see, he was shuttled to and fro across the ocean, was molesting from the time he was ordained, and was known to be a molester for many years
Now on to the interview. This is Paul David Ryan’s explanation and excuses:
25 February 2015: Transcript of Private Hearing of Paul David Ryan (External Link)
If you read through to the end you will see that it looks as though Ryan will be called to testify at the hearings. If that’s the case, his testimony will, as with that of all witnesses, be live-streamed
And, here are a few documents which have been entered into evidence which relate to Paul David Ryan’s years as a predatory priest:
01 February 1977: Father Harvey to Bishop Mulkearns re Father Paul David Ryan
09 August 1995: Father Perkins Richmond Virginia Diocese to Bishop Mulkearns re sex abuse allegations against Father Ryan dating in Richmond Diocese dating to late 70s (Parish priest was informed. Fr. Ryan offered money and threatened one boy to silence him)
As I write I have had the the Royal Commission hearing in Ballart running in the background and Father Adrian McInerney has been testifying. The listening and watching is a painful experience!
Father Adrian McInerney looks no more like a priest than my husband. There is no clerical collar to give him away, – nothing to give anyone a hint that he just might indeed by a Roman Catholic priest. And, he is quite happy to be called “Adrian.” Just plain old Adrian.
It’s not as though Father McInerney is testifying as a molester and therefore fears that his collar might be a reminder that he is still a priest and an insult to all victims and Roman Catholics. No, he’s a parish priest who at some time was Secretary to the Ballarat Bishop. Why no collar?
Was anyone per chance watching when Father was asked to explain what “celibacy” and “chastity” are?
Pathetic. Just totally pathetic. I am going to dig that nonsense out of the transcripts tomorrow . I could not believe my ears. Such gobbledegook spewing from the mouth of a priest.
But, all being well, I shall continue to watch. There is much to be learned – mainly reminders that defence lawyers and Canon lawyers are defence lawyers and canon lawyers from one side of the world to the other. In fact, as a little tid bit of trivia, quite a number of Australian clergy come right here to St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, Ontario to study Canon Law.
After watching the stammering and stuttering from one continent to another I think we can safely conclude that these priests and religious do not take the stand without being ‘well prepped’ by defence lawyers and canon lawyers. And well prepped includes repetition of as many ‘I don’t recall’ s as are required to try to legally save face, hides and dollars.
The commission has taken a break for lunch (11 pm EST) and will resume at or around midnight EST.
Yes, I will be getting back to the Brothers of Christian Instruction and St. Mary’s International School. There is more to report. The last few days have been fraught with computer, software and website issues. Gremlins everywhere. I don;t think I’m out of the woods yet, but at least things are working right now 🙂
Enough for nwo,