“Sexual abuse by priest Camille Leger Cap-Pele, NB: the church knew” (google translation of French)

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Radio-Canada.ca

29 May 2012

[This is a google translation – scroll down for the article as it appears in French]

Normand Brun

Normand Brun has decided to break the silence.

New information indicates that Catholic authorities were aware that a priest of Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick, had assaulted several children.

The charges against Father Camille Leger rocked the community last winter, when several of his victims got that’s Arena no longer bears his name.

Norman Brun, who now lives in Vancouver, decided to break the silence. He claims to have reached an agreement for compensation with the Church in 1997 for the abuse he suffered when he was 10.

At that time, Norman Brun dreamed of becoming a member of the band led by Father Camille Leger. “That’s where it started with me. If I wanted to learn to play the trumpet, I had to learn to play with old Leger, “said Mr. Brun.

He says he remembers as if it were yesterday, sexual abuse suffered at the hands of the priest. “At the rectory, in the music room, down the church. ”

At age 50, drugs, alcohol and gambling and lead his life in 1997, he decided to settle accounts with the clergy. It is addressed to the archbishop at the time, Ernest Leger and was surprised how quickly the case is settled.

“I thought it would take years. I arrived in Moncton on Sunday night and Monday afternoon, I had my check, “recalls Norman Brown.

”A confidentiality clause prevents Mr Brun from disclosing the details of the settlement with the archbishop and his assistant Father Valery Vienneau, who has since been named Bishop of Bathurst

The spokesman for the archdiocese, Donald Langis, said that this case was not reported to police because it is for victims to complain. “It was a victim who is presented. We did not visit the village to see if there were other victims, “says Langis.

According to Mr. Brun, other victims of Father Leger city are still silent. “There are at least seven that I know, I could name. I would encourage them to leave because if they do not come out, if they do not speak, they will never heal. ”

Today, Norman Brun says he feels much better even if a few days of his 64 years, he can not forget the nightmare of his youth.

L'aréna de Cap Pelé

The arena of Cap-Pelé was formerly known as the father Camille Leger. © Michel Nogue / Radio-Canada

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Agressions sexuelles par le prêtre Camille Léger à Cap-Pelé au N.-B. : l’Église savait

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Mise à jour le mardi 29 mai 2012 à 11 h 21 HAE

De nouvelles informations indiquent que les autorités catholiques étaient au courant qu’un curé de Cap-Pelé, au Nouveau-Brunswick, avait agressé plusieurs enfants.

Les accusations contre le père Camille Léger ont secoué la communauté l’hiver dernier, lorsque plusieurs de ses victimes obtenaient que l’aréna du village ne porte plus son nom.

Normand Brun, qui vit aujourd’hui à Vancouver, a décidé de briser le silence. Il affirme avoir conclu une entente en dédommagement avec l’Église en 1997 pour les sévices qu’il a subis lorsqu’il avait 10 ans.

À cette époque, Normand Brun rêvait de devenir membre de la fanfare que dirigeait le père Camille Léger. « C’est là que ça a commencé avec moi. Si je voulais apprendre à jouer de la trompette, fallait que j’apprenne à jouer avec le père Léger », a expliqué M. Brun.

Il affirme qu’il se souvient, comme si c’était hier, des sévices sexuels subis aux mains du prêtre. « Au presbytère, dans la salle de musique, en bas de l’église. »

À 50 ans, la drogue, l’alcool et le jeu mènent sa vie et en 1997, il décide de régler ses comptes avec le clergé. Il s’adresse à l’archevêque de l’époque, Ernest Léger et s’étonne de la rapidité avec laquelle l’affaire est réglée.

« Je pensais que ça allait prendre des années. Je suis arrivé à Moncton le dimanche soir et le lundi après-midi, j’avais mon chèque », relate Normand Brun.

Une clause de confidentialité l’empêche de dévoiler les détails de l’entente conclue avec l’archevêque et son assistant, le père Valérie Vienneau, depuis devenu évêque de Bathurst.

Le porte-parole de l’archevêché, Donald Langis, dit que cette affaire n’a pas été rapportée à la police parce que c’est aux victimes de porter plainte. « C’était une victime qui s’est présentée. On n’est pas allés dans le village pour voir s’il y avait d’autres victimes », affirme M. Langis.

Selon M. Brun, d’autres victimes du père Léger gardent encore aujourd’hui le silence. « Il y en a au moins sept que je connais, que je pourrais nommer. Je les encouragerais à sortir parce que s’ils ne sortent pas, s’ils n’en parlent pas, ils ne vont jamais guérir. »

Aujourd’hui, Normand Brun affirme qu’il va beaucoup mieux même si à quelques jours de ses 64 ans, il ne peut oublier le cauchemar de sa jeunesse.

3 Responses to “Sexual abuse by priest Camille Leger Cap-Pele, NB: the church knew” (google translation of French)

  1. abused says:

    you have pedophile. training more pedophile. it need to stop last month a 14 old boy was given drugs that was bought with bastarache money, its a pedophile factory when and where does it stop,,,i know i will stop a few when my turn come to court, we wait but if your a pedophile they give all the money needed so they can train some more,,, its the devil himself in church.

  2. abused says:

    mr bastarache told me i know your hurt ,i know you were abuse,but we got no more money but since then lots of money was given to pedophile only,mr bastarache will have to answer in court, stop the pedophile factory

  3. Baspuits says:

    The arch bishop Valery Vienneau will be the first one to say: “we have nothing in father Camille Leger’s files, at the diocese”!
    But he was there in 1997, when Normand Brun got his hush money, NO?
    Can you say ” spoliation of evidences ” !!!

    If we would have journalist with B@LLS and ask serious questions, we would not be in this mess in 2018

    News/reporters, please step up to the plate………

    Baspuits

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