At the the Abbey

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There are three court dates today (Friday, 07 April 2017)

(1)  Nathan Labatt  (Former youth volunteer with Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan Youth Ministry.  Labatt, who faced charges in three Saskatchewan jurisdictions,  was just acquitted  on charges in Kamsack Saskatchewan  because, according to the judge: “the Crown had not definitively proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim was under the age of 16”)

Today’s court date, which is NOT open to the pubic,  is related to the Humboldt, Saskatchewan charges:

 07 April 2017:  Pre-trial hearing (NOT open to the public), Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench courthouse (520 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK)

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

(2) Father Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa)

Father Amesse has a court date today .  Unless something has changed, this is to set a date for rendering the verdict.

07 April 2017:  09:30, Assignment court (to set date for rendering verdict),  Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

Please keep the complainant and his family in your prayers.

(3)  Father Robin Gwyn (Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario.  Guilty plea prior to one trial, and conviction by judge at another trial.  Awaiting sentencing)

07 April 2017: 09:30 am. “to be spoken to,” Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 5 Court Street, Kingston

Perhaps there will be a sentencing date set?

Please keep the victims in your prayers.


In case you missed them, the following articles have been posted:

04 April 2017:  “Court hears boy got himself expelled from seminary so that sex abuse by priest would stop” & related article

04 April 2017:  Bringing Light to the Darkness

05 April 2017: “Renegade Catholic order in UK ‘harbours clergy accused of sexual abuse’” & related articles

05 April 2017:  3 new clergy sex abuse cases filed

05 April 2017:  “Philadelphia Monsignor Charged With Stealing More Than $500K” & related articles


I had hoped to make two important calls today regarding Father Robert MacKenzie, the Scottish-born former Benedictine who began to serve as a priest with the Archdiocese of Regina Saskatchewan in 1988 and is now the subject of sex abuse allegations in his native land.  Time zones become an issue here 🙁  That’s usually no problem , but it is dicey if I have other commitments in the mornings, as was the case yesterday, and as will be the case this morning.  So, those calls  unfortunately will have to wait.  There are a couple of things which I really do want to clarify.  I have heard from various sources that there are definitely more than one person alleging sexual abuse at the hands of Father MacKenzie, but what I have not found out to date is exactly how many of those are tied into this effort to have him extradited.

Meanwhile I uncovered all sorts of little bits of trivia regarding the Benedictines at Fort Augustus Abbey.  For example, the monks at the Abbey ran the fire department for the local community and answered in the order of 100 calls.  And, one  of the monks received much media coverage as one of those who sighted Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.

One more thing I heard which  for some reason, surprised me.  The Benedictines in Scotland have been known to send molesting clergy for “treatment” at Ontario’s Southdown.  I was aware that ‘problem’ clergy landed in Southdown from the States and certainly from across Canada, but I had no idea that clergy from Scotland would be sent to Southdown.

For those unfamiliar with Southdown (Emmanuel Convalescent Centre) the facility is located in Aurora, Ontario, fifty kilometers north of Toronto and was established in 1965 “with the generous support of the bishops” primarily to provide treatment for alcoholic priests the facility comprises over 100 rolling acres of farmland.   Over the years it has become a ‘go to’ spot for clerical molesters.  In lay circles it is commonly dubbed ‘the recycling centre.’  I won’t get into that right nw.

Although it is a Canadian institution approximately half of Southdown’s clientele is American. It is well known that a goodly number of Canadian clerical molesters are sent across the border to centres in the United States.

The Southdown page previously posted on is one of many pages which must  be ‘repopulated’ (posted again).  I will try to get that taken care of this coming week, if not sooner.

In closing, the Southdown connect sort of begs the question, does it not:  s it remotley possible that Father MacKenzie stopped in at Southdown en route to Saskatachewan?

Enough for now.


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