Another cover-up? A cover up involving Oblate priest Father Omer Desjardins?
You remember him. The Father Omer Dejardins who, on 22 January 2015, entered a guilty plea to charges that he had sexually abused a 10-year-old girl in Saskatchewan in 1978. The Father Desjardins who was just charged and is now facing four sex-related charges dating to the late 80s in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Look at this:
12 January 2017: Winnipeg Oblate priest charged with historic sexual assault
According to Joe, Desjardins was reported by another boy at the Credo Home in the late 1980s. The boy was removed from the home, – Desjardins was not. (After that, however, Desjardins was no longer night caretaker at the home, and, although Desjardins was still pretty much a regular at the home, it seems that, mercifully, the sexual abuse of Joe ceased)
Then, in 1992 Joe and another resident of the home blackmailed Desjardins: the deal was no police if Desjardins paid them. In short order, the pair had $5,000 in hand, and, it seems, in equally short order, the wayward youth had blown the money.
In 1993, the pair retained a lawyer to sue the Oblates. There was an out-of-court settlement. With that, it seems, Dejardins was finally gone from the group home. But not, alas, from the priesthood. In fact, life it seems pretty much went on as usual for Desjardins. Father Omer Desjardins continued, as he had done since 1988 and before he was reported , to serve the sick and dying and their families, ….as Chaplain at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.
Please keep Joe and all the boys from that group home in your prayers.
Enough for now,