According to a CBC article published today the complainant alleges that he had been sexually molested by both Father Paul Breau and Yvon Arsenault. It seems in fact that the boy was repeatedly sodomised by both priests?
A lawsuit was filed against Rev. Paul Breau, the former chaplain, Rev. Yvon Arsenault and the Moncton Diocese, alleging the priests used their position of authority to engage in repeated sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old boy.
The boy was a young offender who had been ordered to do community work on church grounds, including raking leaves in the yard surrounding the St-Joseph parish. The two priests were responsible for supervising the young boy.
The abuse is alleged to have occurred over a two-year-period in the 1980s, in the residence of the priests.
Can anyone help me sort out the dates that Father Arsenault was at St. Joseph’s in Shediac? The information I have for the 1980s comes from the archdiocesan CV posted online. According the Canadian Catholic Church Directories from the early 70s Father Aresnault was at St. Joseph’s in Shediac in the early 70s. I have nothing which places him in Shediac om the 80s. Is it possible that the archdiocese has omitted some years in Shediac? or might it be that Father Arsenault was serving in Moncton at the time and since it really is only a hop, skip and jump from Moncton to Shediac he could have been there as often as he wished? (I think it’s all of about a fifteen minute drive?)
Many churches put out histories of the of the church which includes the names of priests who served as pastors and/or assistants over the years. Since these would be online in French I am unable to to find anything – I have tried 🙁 Could some of you please try searching for information regarding priests who served at St. Jospeh’s in Shediac, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s?
And, another favour to ask.
You will see when you scroll down to the year 2010 that there is an item regarding A Priest’s Life: The Calling, the Cost, the Joy. I am quite certain that that is this Father Breau who authored Chapter 11.
The whole book can be obtained free online. I have tried to download without success. Can anyone get it, and then copy and paste Chapter 11 and send it to me? I can’t find the link now, but I know it’s there.
Have to get supper together. Must run.
Enough for now,