A priest and former Scottish Benedictine monk lost his fight against extradition from Australia to Scotland to face six men who allege he “engaged in acts of physical and sexual abuse” against them when they were between 11 and 15 years of age. The allegations date to the early to mid 70s when Alexander was teaching at Fort Augustus Abbey School in Scotland.
According to media reports the priest has 28 days to appeal. Will he appeal? Does he have the monies to appeal? I have no idea, however, for the sake of the complainants, I hope and pray he is right now regretting his decision to drag this on, packing his bags and preparing for the long flight to face his accusers.
Meanwhile here in Canada Father Robert Mackenzie, one of Alexander’s former confreres, is fighting his order of extradition. MacKenzie, who is both a former student and teacher at Fort Augustus Abbey School, arrived in Regina Saskatchewan in 1988 and was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Regina in 1993.
Scottish authorities attained a surrender order from Canada’s Minister of Justice in March of this year. MacKenzie appealed. A judicial review is scheduled for 04 December 2019
04 December 2019: 10 am, Appeal, Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan ( 2425 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan)
This will be open to the public. I encourage those who can do so to attend to hear why Father MacKenzie believes he should not return to Scotland to face his accusers.
Please keep all those with allegations against these two former Benedictines in your prayers.
I must say I commend Bishop Fabbro for attending:
Good for you Patrick for asking the bishop to attend, and, truly, good for the bishop for attending. Change has to start somewhere.
Enough for now,