My own backyard

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Yes, we are back home.  I’m not certain how long we’ll be back but we are definitely back for a spell.  Please keep the prayers going.   Our grandson is holding his own, but as we have learned during the past weeks this is a long long process with many many ups and downs along the way.  It truly is a roller coaster.

I will start picking away at catching up on Sylvia’s Site .  There has been no shortage of news of scandals while I was away. has there?  But, as hard as it is to stomach at times and as often as I remind myself, in truth, it’s all for the best.

There are countless articles which I eventually want to get posted, particularly those dealing with the Cardinal McCarrick scandal and cover-ups, however,  I will start with the latest  news regarding two priest from my own back yard here in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

(1)  Father Joe LeClair

It’s nigh to four short years since Father Joe LeClair was released from jail, having served 2/3 of of a one year sentence for theft and fraud which transpired while he was pastor at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa, Ontario.  And, it’s been a little over two years since Father LeClair  entered a guilty plea to charges related to drunk driving in Guelph Ontario where he had been recycled shortly after he got out of jail (he  served  as an assistant at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church).

19 September 2018:  “Father Joe, convicted of theft and fraud, returns to serve Catholic faithful in Ottawa” & related article

13 September 2018:   Letter to Priests from Archbishop Prendergast re return of Father Joe Leclair

I have said it before and will say it again.  Father LeClair should be defrocked.  He needs to take care of his own soul and get it in order.  There are no favours being done here, for Father LeClair or anyone else.

That’s all I will say right now.

(2)  Father Barry McGrory

I am saddened to read that one the Father Barry McGrory complainants has died.  My he now rest in peace.

And, a trial date has finally been set for this previously convicted priest:

27 August 2018:  Two sex abuse charges dropped against priest after complainant dies

As I say. I will pick away at getting articles posted in the coming days.  I will also do my best to get back to those of you who contacted me by email over the past weeks.  And, I will try to post a nice picture from Scotland or Ireland with each blog .  Here’s today’s”






Yes, this is a two lane road, this one in the Inishowen peninsula en route to to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point.  And yes, we managed to get by 🙂

Enough for now,


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9 Responses to My own backyard

  1. Bob says:

    It is unlikely Fr. Joe will be laicized unless he really blows it again.

    The ministry he’s been given makes the most of his strengths (compassion and empathy) and gives him no access to parish funds or ‘places to party.’ I think the archbishop carved out a well thought out middle ground, one that will keep Fr. Joe’s temptations to a minimum, while allowing him to usefully contribute to the community. Hopefully, he takes the lifeline thrown to him.

  2. John says:

    The Archbishop was very careful to say “at this time”. I expect he will moved to a permanent parish sometime and this will be a mistake. The personality cult will start up again. Just read the Facebook “We’re With Father Joe” group.

    Also, given his drinking and driving conviction 2 years ago, I am not sure if he is sober or not. Was that a single relapse or is he off the wagon?

    Also, people deserve to know if court-ordered restitution of $115K has been done

  3. bob erlandson says:

    McGrory has been defrocked. Thanks to the efforts of the victims, notably Coleen Passard and Barbara Erlandson, both sexually assaulted as teens when he was at Holy Cross.

  4. Ray says:

    Nice to see/have you back.

    From Picton ON

  5. Anonymous says:

    I do not know if Father Peter Tran is the same Fr Peter Tran who was serving in St. Paul, Alberta at the time a priest was murdered in 2014. If so, this has not been mentioned in any of the articles about the Father Peter Tran now in the news.

  6. Vickie Jackson says:

    A lot of stuff went on with the LaSallian Christian Brothers in the Windsor Separate Schools in the 60s. Especially at De La Salle elementary school. Vile, predatory Brothers who groomed girls who had no fathers for relationships. A lay teacher there, Randy Sasso, also had improper relationships with girls.

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