The name of Father Peter Hung Cong Tran OP and link to page with further information has been added to the added to Accused page. If anyone knows where and/or when Father Tran was ordained would you please pass along the information?
The new CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) sex abuse guidelines have been posted:
2018: Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation
One quick comment, for now…
Do you see any intent – or even desire- on the part of the bishops to have all credibly accused and convicted clerical molesters defrocked/released from the clerical state/laicized? No. Neither do I.
Lest we forget. The Gospel according to St. Matthew 18:6,7
But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh.
Our Lord goes on to say
And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet…And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee.
Enough for now,
Being ostracized by your cultural community is a powerful force that makes it difficult for victims to come forward. The message needs to be communicated in both actions and words that there is honour in speaking out. Speaking out protects others. The actions described were enough for another priest to recognize they were completely inappropriate. Kudos to him for blowing the whistle. We need more courageous individuals like him.