Bathurst Diocese Press Release: “Conciliation Process Nears Completion”

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Attached please find press statement                                                                                                                             

Bathurst, NB November 2, 2010

Conciliation Process Nears Completion.

Representatives of the diocese of Bathurst concluded the first of a series of meetings to review claims advanced by victims of Levi Noel and others in connection with the Conciliation Process which is being overseen by the Honourable Michel Bastarache.

Mr. Bastarache has identified over 35 claimants who merit compensation as well as apologies for abuse suffered by them. As announced in the process and in respect for the confidentiality promised to them, the victims have not been identified to the representatives of the diocese. Clerics identified by victims include Levi Noel and Charles Picot, as well a few others who are either dead or no longer in ministry within the diocese.

The diocese appreciates the hard work done by Mr. Bastarache in assessing the accounts of the victims and awaits additional information from him before the process is completed.

The diocese also appreciates the difficult task of the victims themselves in coming forward with their wounds and sufferings and looks forward to the opportunity to apologise to them formally, and provide them with compensation in accordance with Mr. Bastarache’s recommendations.

The diocese, on recommendation by Mr. Bastarache, has agreed to extend the date for submitting new applications to the process to December 1, 2010. Before completing the process, Mr. Bastarache will attempt to meet with the victims who hesitate to participate and invite them to reconsider their options.

While regretting any abusive circumstance, the diocese is encouraged to learn that most of the reported cases occurred many years ago. Hopefully, the lack of recent cases can be attributed to greater societal awareness of the problem of abuse of any kind. By establishing new policies for all members of the clergy, all diocesan and parish employees and volunteers, the diocese hopes that these efforts will ensure a healthy and secure environment for all children and vulnerable people. Thus, our Church will be able to concentrate more on its mission of evangelization.

In continued respect for the victims and the efforts of Mr. Bastarache, the diocese will provide additional information when the process is complete. 

Father Wesley Wade, vicar general

 

C.P. 460, Bathurst, N. B. (Canada) E2A 3Z4

Telephone: (506)-1420  Telecopier: (506)546-1423 (Courriel: [email protected]

One Response to Bathurst Diocese Press Release: “Conciliation Process Nears Completion”

  1. Sylvia says:

    Circling the wagons?

    What’s afoot now?

    Note:

    Clerics identified by victims include Levi Noel and Charles Picot, as well a few others who are either dead or no longer in ministry within the diocese.

    “as well a few others”? Who? Who are the “few” others? Why the secrecy? They are criminals. Who are the “few” others, and, if alive, where are they hiding out?

    Why the belated decision to extend the deadline to enable Mr. Bastarche to meet with those victims “who hesitate” to participate?

    What “options” are to be reconsidered?

    Note that “most” of the cases happened “many years ago.” Not all: “most.” How many are recent?

    Note that “the diocese hopes that these efforts will ensure a healthy and secure environment for all children and vulnerable people.”

    How can there be a “secure environment” in other dioceses when molesters known to the Diocese of Bathurst and Mr. Bastarche are out and about somewhere in Canada.

    As for “our Church” being able to move on and concentrate “more” on its mission of evangelization, what is being done with the clercial molesters? Will they, as they should, be laicized (defrocked)? will they be publicly identified as the wolves in sheep’s clothing that they are, or, if deceased, were?

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