Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Anna Drahovzal with Lauren Davis
A popular Ottawa priest is facing charges of fraud, theft, and money-laundering after an 11-month police investigation into the finances at Blessed Sacrament parish.
Father Joe LeClair is charged with taking more than $400,000 in cheques and cash.
Fourteen people attended a quiet mass at Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday morning.
Most parishioners weren’t happy to see media at the church. Holly Doan believes many are bitter.
“I think a lot of people have been very disappointed and very torn,” Doan tells CFRA. “I think, probably, many people will still be reluctant to accept this.”
Father Francis Donnely, who led the service, asked parishioners to pray for Father Joe.
In a statement, Ottawa Archbishop Terence Prendergast says it’s a sad day for people in the community.