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There are several updates regarding trials and court-dates:

(1)  Father Malcolm D’Souza

Priest Diocese of Calgary Alberta.  Late vocation to the priesthood – ordained 2002.

The charges laid against Father Malcolm D’Souza in January 2019 have been withdrawn:

20 June 2019:  “Sexual assault charges against Calgary pastor withdrawn” & related articles

What exactly happened here is unknown.   According to media reports the Crown said there was no reasonable prospect of conviction and it was not in the public interest to proceed.

Despite the withdrawal of charges Father D’Souza will remain on administrative leave while the Diocese of Calgary conducts an internal investigation:

20 June 2019:  Diocese of Calgary statement after charges withdrawn

(2)  Monsignor James Robertson

Priest Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador (previously Diocese of St. George’s).  Ordained 1989.  Involved in coordinating the Diocese of St. George’s Newfoundland settlement agreement with victims of clerical sexual abuse.  Charges laid April 2019.

The next court-date for Monsignor James Robertson is:

16 July 2019: 09:30 am, “for plea” Corner Brook Courthouse (82 Mt. Bernard Avenue, Corner Brook, Newfoundland)

(3)  Father Henri Paradis

Priest with the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles (MSA). Ordained 13 May 1972.  Charges laid April 2019.

The next court-date for Father Henri Paradis is:

06 September 2019: 09:30, courtroom # 105, Laval courthouse ( 2800 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval, Quebec).

(4)  Father Cecil Noronha

Indian born priest.  Ordained 1981. Former Salesian priest – now member of the Voluntas Dei Insitute.  Charged June 2018.

After his preliminary hearing of 14 June 2019 Father Cecil Noronha was committed to stand trial. His case has now been transferred to the Superior Court of Justice in Sudbury Ontario.   It usually takes a week or so for files to be transferred to the Superior Court and therefore at least a week or more before a court-date is set.  I will check again today to see if there is a court-date set.  As soon as I get court date I will let you know,

As I mentioned before, this next  court date will NOT be a trial date: There will be another series of court-dates in Superior Court before a trial date is set.

(5)  Mr. Barry McGrory

Ex-priest, Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario.  Ordained 1960.  Guilty plea 1993.   New charges laid November 2016.  Defrocked 2018

The rendering of the verdict at the sex trial of ex-priest and previously convicted molester was put off until next Monday.

24 June 2019:  VERDICT,  Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

(6) Father Robert MacKenzie

 Scottish born former Benedictine.  Ordained in Edinburgh 1956.   Served in  Archdiocese of Regina Saskatchewan since 1988.

Father Robert MacKenzie is battling extradition to Scotland to face his accusers. He has a court-date with the Court of Appeal in July:

24 July 2019: 10 am, “chamber hearing,” Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan ( 2425 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan)

This is not the actual hearing itself, but a step leading up to the hearing.

Please keep the complainants in Scotland in your prayers as Father MacKenzie battles on to avoid facing the charges.

Please keep all complainants and victims in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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