“No charges for Peterborough priest; diocese launches internal review” & related articles

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Peterborough Examiner

Monday, December 5, 2016 3:56:39 EST PM

By Jason Bain, The Peterborough Examiner

Rev. Bill Moloney. Peterborough Examiner file photo

Rev. Bill Moloney. Peterborough Examiner file photo

No criminal charges will be laid after a Peterborough Catholic priest was investigated for sexual misconduct alleged to have taken place in the 1980s at the summer camp where he was the longtime director, parishioners learned on the weekend.

The news about Rev. Bill Moloney, who is on leave from his role as priest at Immaculate Conception Church, was shared by Rev. Joe Morin on behalf of Bishop William McGrattan during masses at the sanctuary on Rogers St. in East City on Saturday and Sunday.

The Haliburton Highlands OPP Detachment had informed the diocese that their investigation about the alleged incident at Camp Northern Lights had concluded and no charges would be laid, said Deirdre Thomas, a spokesperson for the diocese.

Moloney stepped down from the directorship of the camp for kids aged nine to 13 founded in the 1970s by the Knights of Columbus. He is also the chaplain at three schools: St. Peter’s Secondary School, and Immaculate Conception and Monsignor O’Donoghue elementary schools.

Now that the police investigation is done, the diocese will conduct its own internal probe over the next couple of months, Thomas said. It will include a “comprehensive review of the exercise of responsible priestly ministry,” she added.

Moloney will remain on leave until the internal investigation is complete. Rev. Peter Seabrook will continue in his role as acting administrator, Thomas said.

At Camp Northern Lights just south of Haliburton, Jim Gibson took over Moloney’s job as director and chairman of the board of directors.

Parishioners at Immaculate Conception, who learned of the allegations from the Bishop himself when he stepped in to conduct services in early November, continue to hold Moloney and “all of those impacted by the situation” in their prayers, Thomas said.



Peterborough priest cleared of allegations of sexual misconduct: diocese

Fr. Bill Moloney now the subject of an internal investigation


05 December 2016

Peterborough This Week

By   Lois Tuffin

Follow Lois Tuffin on Twitter @kawarthanews


No charges to be laid against priest accused of sexual misconduct

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

Greg Davis

No charges to be laid against priest accused of sexual misconduct

Police say they will not be laying any charges against Father Bill Moloney, a Peterborough priest who was the subject of a recent investigation involving allegations of sexual misconduct.

Haliburton and City of Kawartha Lakes OPP detachments conducted the investigation with assistance from the Diocese of Peterborough.

OPP say their investigation is closed.

The Diocese informed parishioners on the weekend about the police update.

Diocese spokesperson Deidre Thomas tells CHEX News that an internal investigation is now underway and will continue over the next couple of months.

Fr. Peter Seabrooke continues to fill in at Immaculate Conception as Fr. Moloney remains on administrative leave.

The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board says Fr. Moloney will not be performing any duties in schools at this time.

1 Response to “No charges for Peterborough priest; diocese launches internal review” & related articles

  1. Concerned says:

    I believe this man is guilty as charged. This is another case of the Catholic church covering up/ for one of their own. The Church is one of the richest organisations in the world. I have known this man for over 30 years, and alarm bells always went off. Most times I saw him he was always in the company of young boys. I refused to allow my own children to be anywhere near this man. Both of my children also felt uncomfortable when he was around. It’s appalling that this continues to happen and is swept under the rug
    The same thing happened back in the 1980’s and the Church paid off the young victims family. See Martin Wain priest

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