Well, I just had a wonderful and lengthy chat with Geraldine Mahoney, a lovely and brave lady, nurse and loyal wife who was married to former Ontario Provincial Police Officer Patrick Maloney. Pat died in 2008.
As you will see when clicking on the link below, Pat was sexually abused as a young boy by Father Henry Maloney. I believe what Geraldine has to say speaks for itself:
Yes, Pat, like most if not all victims, was tormented by the abuse, and, yes, he had his rough times, but Geraldine loved him dearly and stood by him to the end. Pat died January 2008 at the age of 54, only eleven short months after he was diagnosed with cancer.
As you see, Pat began to tell Geraldine about the abuse while they were dating. He told her more over the first three years of their marriage. They talked about it from time to time throughout the 30 plus years of their marriage, but, Pat never wanted to report it, and when Geraldine tried to urge him to do so, he would reply: “No, leave it be. The old bastard will get his when he dies.” She now ponders if she should have perhaps pressed harder. She just doesn’t know.
Note that Geraldine talks about a very young Pat driving Father Henry about . I specifically checked on that. Yes, according to Geraldine, the boy indeed did drive the priest around, most trips averaging about an hour each way, – and, yes, the boy was behind the wheel chauffeuring the priest about at the tender age of 12, the abuse began the same year.
As we talked I realized that Geraldine has no doubt that there are victims of Father Maloney out there, each haunted by the abuse, tormented by the memories and battling a shame which rightly belongs to Maloney and his enablers. From what I hear via other grapevines, she is probably right. Keep them in your prayers.
By the way, for those who wonder, the sexual abuse of Pat Mahoney preceded that of Mike Fitzgerald. And, yes, for those who wonder, Geraldine has been in contact with Mike Fitzgerald. As soon as she read that Mike had been sexually abused by Father Maloney Geraldine wanted to talk to him. I believe that contact has meant a lot to both of them.
So, Thank you Geraldine for sharing a little part of a life which was tinged with pain and difficult times, but, as I learned so well in talking to you, marked by your deep love for Pat. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
In closing I want to let readers know that during his hospitalization Pat, who, like most victims of clerical sexual abuse had little to do with the Church, received Holy Communion regularly and was visited by a priest several times.
I pray that Pat’s dear soul, through the mercy of God, is now at peace.
On that note, I close off as I always do, with
Enough for now.