Sexual Assaults: Conciliation Process Announced

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Undated text on Archdiocese of Moncton website, 04 June 2012 (Archdiocese of Moncton website 04 June 2012 re Father Camille Leger, Michel Bastarache and conciliation)

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The Archdiocese of Moncton has retained the services of the Honourable Michel Bastache to lead a conciliation process with those persons having complaints arising out of the conduct of the late Rev. Camille Léger.

This process will be entirely confidential and independent from the Archdiocese. Its purpose is to allow those persons with complaints to come forward without fear of their issues becoming public, without the expense of involving lawyers, and to allow for a speedy resolution of any claims they may have.

“I am pleased that Mr. Bastarache has accepted this mandate,” said Moncton Archbishop André Richard, c.s.c., in an open letter to all faithful in the diocese. “His reputation for fairness and his unique understanding of the people of our community and of our province will hopefully see that those harmed by Camille Léger may have redress. Our hope in taking this step is to achieve reconciliation and peace with those harmed. Our thoughts and prayers are with these people and their families,” he said.

The appointment of Mr. Bastarache follows an earlier commitment by the Archdiocese to fund counselling for victims of abuse generally and those of Camille Léger in particular.

Letter from Bishop André Richard, c.s.c.

Press Release from Mr. Michel Bastarache

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Archdiocese to Fund Counselling [Undated]

The Archdiocese of Moncton announced today that, in accordance with its abuse policy, it will contract with an independent counselling service to provide confidential counselling for those alleging abuse committed against them by members of the clergy or others in service of the Archdiocese.

“The Archdiocese will continue with its review of the situation involving the late Camille Léger,” said Archdiocesan spokesperson and Pastoral Coordinator, Donald Langis. “In the meantime, we intend to begin the process of seeing that those in need of confidential counselling receive this service immediately,” he said.

Those who allege having been assaulted are encouraged to contact Mrs. Kristal LeBlanc at the Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre, 432 Main St., Shediac, N.B., by phone at 506.533.9100, to arrange for counselling sessions. Such sessions will be confidential and will be without charge to those alleging victimization by a member of the clergy or others in service of the Archdiocese.

“Our goal is to reach out to victims with compassion and help them heal,” said Mr. Langis. “We ask all concerned to pray for those victimized everywhere, and particularly within our Archdiocese.”

“The Archdiocese of Moncton deplores this abuse. We have designed measures to prevent abusive situations from occuring again. Our policy will allow victims to come forward knowing that a confidential and independent process exists to help them,” he said.

The Archdiocesan announcement follows a commitment made by Moncton Archbishop André Richard, c.s.c., to take action to help those in need.

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