Timothy J. Flaherty
ex priest, Diocese of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Ordained 1979. 1991 faced 11 sex-related offences many of which were withdrawn by the Crown. The offences transpired between 1969 and 1989 – this would indicate he was molesting before and after he was ordained as well as while he was in the seminary. January 1992 CONVICTED. Sentenced to 2 years jail. How much time served unknown. In 1993 published paper on nursing ethics for the research department at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. At some point became an ethicist for Health Canada. Then became Deputy Team Leader, Expenditure Management Review (Biotechnology) with Treasury Board Secretariat. By 2006 was A/Dir. Audit Committee Recruitment & Development Secretariat, Capacity Building & Community Development Sector, Office of the Comptroller General. In 2011 listed on Governmment of Canada website as Senior Director, Policy and Professional Practices, Treasury Board
Listed with a religious collective or organization of some sort called Jesus Focus: http://jesusfocus.org/ (Since this information was posted Tim Flaherty’s name has disappeared from the directory on the Jesus Focus page and therefore the live link I had posted was leading nowhere. Fortunately I saved a copy of the page. Here is the Directory as it appeared June 2011: Tim Flaherty listed under “Priests” in directory Scroll down to the “Priests” – they are listed in alphabetical order. Flaherty was active as a “priest” with the group from around 1999)
From what I can gather the clergy affiliated with this group or movement include priests such as Flaherty who were once priests in the Roman Catholic Church, and others from various Eastern churches and the Anglican Church. Most if not all of the clergy hold regular jobs. According to one source Flaherty occasionally performs weddings. I am also told that he is very active in the 12 Steps program, i.e., AA.
Bishops of Thunder Bay Diocese while Father Flaherty serving as a priest: John Aloysius O’Mara (24 May 1976 – 02 February 1994 Appointed, Bishop of Saint Catharines, Ontario); Frederick Bernard Henry (24 Mar 1995 – 19 January 1998 Appointed, Bishop of Calgary, Alberta)
10 March 2013: BLOG Hunting
08 March 2011: BLOG USP bursary for convicted clerical molester
07 March 2011: BLOG Many Questions
08 March 2011: relevant blog posted under “Dialogue”
07 March 2011: relevant blog posted under “Dialogue”
relevant blog posted under “Dialogue”
04 March 2011: relevant blog posted under “Dialogue”
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) of that date, media (M) and internet sources as identified
28 November – 01 December 2006: Speaker at Professional Development Week: Spotlight on Accountability. Topic – Audit Committees: Beyond Policy. http://www.fmi.ca/pdweek2006/brochure/E-ConfGuide.pdf
Tim Flaherty, PhD, A/Director, Audit Committee Recruitment & Development Secretariat, Capacity Building & Community Development Sector, Office of the Comptroller General
2001: contributed to Ethical deliberation in multi-professional health care teams, a project of the Saint Paul University Centre for Techno-Ethics, edited by Hubert Doucet, Jean-Marc Larouche and Kenneth R. Melchin
“The nurse as moral agent ; The physician as moral agent ; The social worker as moral agent / Jean-Marc Larouche and Tim Flaherty “ http://www.worldcat.org/title/ethical-deliberation-in-multi-professional-health-care-teams/oclc/46908230
Flaherty contributed to Part I “Implicit Ethics of Professionals in the Field of Pediatric Chronic Care.” Larouche described Flaherty as his right hand man throughout the three-year-project: click here for further info.
1999: by 1999 working as an ethicist for Health Canada http://www.redemptorists.ca/bio-ethics/health-care-in-canada-its-not-enough
19 October 1993:
Information Saint Paul University Vol. 23. No. 2 (November 1993)
New Premises for Centre for Techno-Ethics
The Centre for Techno-Ethics inaugurated new premises at a wine and cheese reception held October 19, 1993, attended by members of the Board of Directors. The Centre is situated in Room 1227 of the University Research Services.
Le directeur du Centre, le professeur Jean-Marc Larouche, a profité de l’occasion pour parler des diverses activités de recherche dans lesquelles le Centre est impliqué. En plus du projet technologic et maladie chronique en marche depuis juin 1990, une deuxième recherche est en tours en vue d’étudier le processes de déliberation éthique dans le champ de la maladie chronique. Ce projet a deux objectifs : cerner d’abord la manière dont se vivent les conflits de valeurs at les decisions d’ordre ethique dans les unités de soins prolonges d’hôpitaux à vocation pédiatrique; ensuite elaborer, proposer et évaluer un guide de délibération qui servira à orienter les décisions des équipes de soins dans le secteur de la maladie chronique pédiatrique. Quatre agents de recherche sont affectés à ce projet: Jean-Eudes Charbonneau, Tim Flaherty, Peter Monette et Jean-Louis Munn. Nancy Lepage est sécretaire.
Unofficial English translation of French text
Director and professor Jean-Marc Larouche seized the occasion to speak about the various research activities the Center is involved in. Beyond the technologic and chronic disease project begun in June 1990, a second research was embarked upon in order to assess the ethical deliberation processes in the field of chronic disease. This project has two objectives:first to identify how the ¨value conflicts¨ and the ethical decisions in prolonged care units in pediatric hospitals are managed ; then to elaborate, propose and evaluate a discussion framework to assist and guide the decisions of the care units in the chronic pediatric illness sector. Four research agents have been assigned to this project: Jean-Eudes Charbonneau, Tim Flaherty and Jean-Louis Munn. Nancy Lepage is the secretary.
31 August 1993: published “Nursing Ethics: The Transformation of an Ethical Field” Research Services, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario
1992-1993 academic year: Bursary for Masters awarded by St. Paul University (seeFlaherty USP bursary: Information Saint Paul University, Vol. 22, No. 3 [February 1993])
January 1992: sentenced to two years jail for four counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault
1991, 1992: address for Thunder Bay, Diocesan Centre (1979) (CCCD)
1985-86: pastor, Holy Saviour RC Church, Marathon, Ontario (ordination 1949 – date obviously an error as there is no Father Timothy Flaherty listed in directories pre-1980) (CCCD)
chaplain to Marathon police force (M)
1980: Mr. T. Flaherty at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Thunder Bay (He was ordained in ’79. Was this information which was submitted prior to his ordination? perhaps when he was s serving his diaconate year prior to ordination ?) (Rector Father R. A. Carroll. Other priests at the cathedral: Fathers B.A. Campbell, M. Burke sfm, J.C. Philippe) (Bishop John O’Mara) (Ontario Catholic Directory)
Schreiber, Ontario (M)
January 11, 1991 20.44 EST
THUNDER BAY, Ont. (CP)
A Roman Catholic priest was sentenced Friday to two years in jail for four counts of indecent assault and one charge of sexual assault.
Timothy Flaherty, 38, was originally charged with 11 sex‑related offences but most were withdrawn by Crown counsel Agnew Johnston.
The charges stemmed from incidents in Thunder Bay and Schreiber, Ont., over a 20‑year period from 1969 to 1989.
One of the offences was an indecent assault on a 14‑year‑old altar boy who accompanied Flaherty to Schreiber, a community 180 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.
Flaherty rented a motel room where he and the boy drank rum.
Once the youth became intoxicated, Flaherty fondled him and then engaged in a sex act.
Judge F. A. Sargent of the provincial division of Ontario Court said each of the victims was profoundly affected and had difficulty forming intimate relationships later in life.
Priest admits sex crimes
15 November 1990
THUNDER BAY, Ont. (CP) – A Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty Wednesday to five sex-related charges stemming from assaults against male victims spanning two decades.
Father Tim Flaherty, 37, will be sentenced Jan. 11. He was remanded out of custody until sentencing.
Flaherty pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault for attacks that took place between November 1969 and March 1989.
He also pleaded guilty to an indecent assault which occurred in Schreiber, about 170 km northeast of Thunder Bay, in 1979.
Thunder Bay diocese Bishop John O’Mara placed Flaherty on a leave of absence after the first charge was laid last March.
Priest charged with assault on altar boy
The Toronto Star
23 March 1990
THUNDER BAY (CP) – A Roman Catholic priest has been charged with indecently assaulting an altar boy in 1979, Ontario Provincial Police say.
Rev. Timothy Flaherty, 37, of Thunder Bay is alleged to have assaulted a 14-year-old altar boy at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Schreiber, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of Thunder Bay.
Flaherty has been placed on a leave of absence until the matter is resolved, Bishop John O’Mara of the Thunder Bay diocese said in a statement yesterday.
“During this period, we will see to it that (Flaherty) receives the support and understanding he needs,” the statement said.
Flaherty is to appear in Thunder Bay Provincial Court May 7.
Police officers conspired against chief, reeve says
The Toronto Globe and Mail
17 May 1985
MARATHON, Ont. — By JOHN RACOVALI Special to The Globe and Mail MARATHON, Ont. – Reeve Gaston Champagne said yesterday that he did not put much stock in constables’ complaints about the management of this community’s police force because he believed some officers were conspiring to unseat the police chief.
An Ontario Police Commission inquiry into the troubled force has been told that morale problems, simmering for up to two years, came to the surface last fall when seven disgruntled officers publicly complained about Chief Bert Faragher’s performance.
Four of the officers have quit the force, three within two weeks last April. Previously, they had systematically booked off sick. Three provincial police officers have been rotating at five-week intervals through the force, which has been short of staff since last December. The Marathon officers met the township council on Jan. 22, after the chief declined the local police association’s request to meet the constables and two police chaplains who were to act as intermediaries.
Mr. Champagne was asked if he felt the officers’ complaints were legitimate. “Well, let’s put it this way,” he replied, “council felt there was a conspiracy among a group of officers to get rid of Chief Faragher.” Later yesterday, one of the force’s chaplains, Rev. Tim Flaherty, said he disagreed with his United Church counterpart’s portrayal of the chief. Rev. Hugh Walker had written to council on Oct. 11, 1984, on behalf of the officers. “I liken the present administration to a man who has his head in the sand and his posterior in the air,” Mr. Walker said in the letter. “The message from the posterior is ‘kiss this.’ ” However, Father Flaherty said he found that Mr. Walker overstated the situation – “incompetence coupled by the absence of confidence are carefully guised under a veneer of arrogance,” – and said the police station was not a depraved environment, as Mr. Walker suggested. “I was astounded,” Father Flaherty said. “The contents of the letter effectively preclude any kind of productive problem-solving.” The police chief and Mr. Walker will not testify until the inquiry reconvenes, possibly on June 10.
It adjourned yesterday after hearing 11 witnesses in four days.
Michael Solomon, chief of police in Fort Frances, Ont., since 1965, testified that he could not understand why the officers did not charge Chief Faragher under a provision in the Police Act that allows a constable to take action against an abusive superior. “I didn’t hear any of them acknowledge that, and I was quite surprised,” said Chief Solomon, who has attended the inquiry since it began. Learning about the provision is part of officers’ basic training, he said.
He said Chief Faragher represented the Marathon police force in a professional way whenever the two, both members of the Ontario Police Chiefs Association, met. “His conduct is very admirable,” he said.