Well, I’m barely back and unpacked and on my way again! We’re heading to Nova Scotia this morning for a long long overdue visit with family. We will be gone for about a week – should be back next Sunday or Monday.
Sorry everyone, but it’s been a strange summers. It’s been wonderful, but, for us, very unusual. Anyway, the car is packed, and,in a couple of hours, away we go again 🙂
I will keep tabs on comments while away. I ask again that you post links to articles of interest.
All being well we will take a quick run around the beautiful Cabot Trail while in Cape Breton 🙂
A reminder that the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has started its hearings into the case of Father John Joseph Farrell today (12 September 2016). The hearings are live-streamed so those who are interested and can endure the time change can follow along. This ‘case’ is listed on the commission website as Case Study 44. Information for accessing the Webcast can be found by clicking this link. The hearings will be conducted in Sydney Australia. Google “time in Sydney Australia” and you will be able to sort out when you can pick it up in your area.
I will try to follow via media coverage – will post articles if and when I can. If I am unable to post an article I will post an external link. If you come across anything reports please pass on a link 🙂
Has anyone seen or heard anything on the Frank Selas /”Mr. Wonder” charges? As I think I mentioned before, the system in Rapides Parish, Louisiana is quite different than here in Canada – subsequent court dates are not set at each court date so it’s a case of checking every so often to find out what is happening. If there is no news when I get back I try again.
Please keep all those complainants who have waited so long to see juristic done in your prayers.
An update now on courtdates here in Canada:
(1) Nathan Labatt
Nathan Labatt is a former youth volunteer with Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan Youth Ministry. He also volunteered with the Ukrainian Catholic Church, assisted at camps, is a former Boy Scout leader, and attended various youth camps and retreats throughout Saskatchewan.
Labatt is facing sex/porn charges in Humboldt, Kamsack and Regina Saskatchewan, the most recent of those being the Regina charges (July 2016)
Labatt’s next court date on the Regina charges is:
Tuesday 13 September 2016: 09:30 am, 13 September 2016
If anyone can get there to finfd out what s happening please do. And, yes, please keep the complainants in your prayers.
(2) Donald Grecco (Ex-priest, Diocese of St. Catharine’s Ontario)
Previously charged and convicted ex-priest Donald Grecco faced new charges in October 2015.
I have been trying for the past week to get an update on the next Grecco court date. As I have said before, sometimes getting dates is a problem. Usually not, but sometimes…:( This one has been a problem. All extensions constantly going to answering machines Two messages left – no call back. If anyone can get to the courthouse in person to find out would you please give it a try?
Please keep Donald Grecco’s many victims in your prayers.
(3) Richard Parenteau (Ex-priest, Diocese of St. Jean, Quebec, now Saint-Jean-Longueil).
Ordained 21 May 1960, Parenteau left the priesthood in 1970. He was charged September 2008.
According to claire bouchard, on 30 August 2016 he was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
If anyone can find any media coverage – French or English – related to the conviction and sentencing would you please send or post a link.
Please keep his victims in your prayers.
(4) Father Amer Saka
Father Amer Saka, a priest with Chaldean Catholic Church in Canada (in communion with Rome, was charged 13 July 2016 with fraud over $5,000 and possessing proceeds of property or thing exceeding $5,000. Police will say only that the total sum of money ‘lost’ was in excess of $500,000. There are allegations that Saka, who was participating in the Canadian government’s refugee-sponsorship program through the Hamilton Roman Catholic Diocese, gambled away funds intended for refugess.
Saka had a court date in in London, Ontario 08 September 2016. When I return next week I will get and post his next court date.
Enough for now.