Father John E. Sullivan, a previously convicted clerical molester with the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, had a court date yesterday in North Bay, Ontario.
No surprise: his next court date is:
12 January 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)
I say no surprise because this courtroom door has been revolving since the Father Sullivan was first charged in this second wave of charges away back in June 2012!
My heart goes out to the complainants. This has to be so terribly frustrating and so disappointing for them. Please keep them in your prayers. Indeed, please keep Father Sullivan’t many many victims in your prayers. – they watch these legal shenanigans unfold too.
And, yes, I refer to him as “Father.” Alas he still is a priest. He entered a guilty plea in 1992, and, he’s still a priest. True he may not have faculties to say Mass and/or hear Confessions, but, he is still a priest. He has not been defrocked.
It is beyond me why anyone in the hierarchy would want to keep a predator like this in the priesthood. He is unfit to be a priest, and sullies the ranks of the priesthood by his presence.
What an affront to Almighty God these wolves in sheep’s clothing mingled amongst the priesthood must be!
I turly don’t know what the heck is going on with this lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Moncton, New Brunswick against the Co-operators
16 December 2015: Archdiocese of Moncton sues the Co-operators to cover abuse claims
It sounds as though Co-operators want to take it to trial? Is that it?
Mark your calendars. The one day preliminary hearing for Father Stephen Amesse is scheduled for this coming Monday:
21 December 2015: 10 am, courtroom #2, Preliminary Hearing, Ottawa Ontario courthouse (161 Elgin St.)
I strongly encourage those who can do so to attend. I unfortunately will be away for Christmas so will miss it. I would dearly love to have been able to go. That of course is the trouble with court dates which are set just days before Christmas: by accident or design it certainly guarantees that there will be few in attendance.
A reminder for those who day attend that there will be a publication ban on all evidence. Please, therefore, do NOT post any news regarding the testimony.
Please, as always, keep the complainant in your prayers.
We are leaving tomorrow to spend Christmas with our daughter and her family in the States. The ‘sleigh’ is packed in the garage and ready to go. We hope to have wheels in the well around 04:30 am 🙂
I will keep tabs on Sylvia’s Site site and moderate comments while gone, but anticipate the days will be rich and full, from the moment we arrive on Friday evening until our return just before the New Year. I also have a number of emails to answer – will get at those over the next few days, it’s just too late now 🙁
Enough for now,