What is going on in the Nova Scotia legislature regarding the the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth and its “reorganization? (The Halifax-Yarmouth Diocese is a 2009 merger of the Archdiocese Halifax and the Diocese of Yarmouth).
There is currently legislation in the NS legislature (Bill 30) which, if passed, would impact the manner in which the archdiocese handles its assets. Please take a look at the following
05 October 2017: Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth Act
As I understand it the Bill was a private members bill introduced by Liberal MLA, the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab. I know nothing of Diab’s background aside what I posted at the foot of Articles and documents regarding the reorganization of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
As you see, lawyer John McKiggan has concerns regarding the legislation:
“I would suggest the only reason for this proposed change to legislation that has existed for over 100 years is to make it more difficult for survivors of priest sexual abuse to be able to receive just and fair compensation for their injuries.”
“I’m a lawyer. I’m naturally suspicious….I’ve sued this diocese many times. I’ve sued other diocese many times. It is a very sad fact that time after time we have seen that persons in authority within the church have sought to protect the institution, the reputation of the institution, rather than protecting children in the parishes in the diocese.”
In response to McKiggan’s comments, Deacon Bob Britton, Chancellor for the archdiocese, had this to say:
“Every bloody lawyer who I’ve ever talked to in this matter says no. … The courts have said no. Do you want me to say no again? It does not shelter in any way, shape, or form, anything!”
Sounds like the Deacon/Chancellor was pretty angry? No? If so, why?
What the heck is going on? I truly have no idea, but I admit that I have a queasy feel about it all. Why the change? Surely not change for the sake of change? Really?!
Enough for now,