priest Diocese of London, Ontario. Ordained 1964. Liturgist. 1974: CONVICTED six counts gross indecency against five boys and one girl over period of six years. Sent to Southdown, Ontario. Recycled to the Archdiocese of Edmonton Alberta – sexually abused a number of young boys. Charges were not laid. Sent off to Southdown again. Recycled into the Archdiocese of Toronto – parishioners upset when they found out he was a molester – Archbishop Emmett Carter defended him but was eventually and reluctantly forced to remove him from the parish
Despite knowledge that he was a child molester was teaching liturgy summer courses at Ottawa’s University of St. Paul and served as Chairman of the Toronto Archdiocese’s Liturgical Commission. (While serving in Edmonton was on the Editorial Committee for First Communion and the Faith Journey, a parish handbook published by the Edmonton Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission)
Glendinning petitoned to be laicized. He was laicized in 2008. He died 14 July 2011. He ws cremated. A funeral was held at 3 pm, 17 August 2011 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in West Bay(M”Chigeeng), Manitoulin Island.
The following dates and information are drawn from Canadian Catholic Directories of that date (CCCD), media (m) and personal contacts (P)
17 August 2011: funeral at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in West Bay(M”Chigeeng), Manitoulin Island.
14 July 2011: died. He had been in a Toronto hospital for about a week for treatment of various ailments, including cancer and kidney failure.
2002, 1997: 2004 2 Second Ave, Toronto 416-695 9419 (CCCD)
1990-2000: permanent lecturer with the Saint Paul University Summer Institute in Pastoral Liturgy in Ottawa, Ontario. In the summer of 1999 Glendinning’s course, “Introduction to Liturgy,” became mandatory for those participating in Summer Institute in Religious Eduction.
April 200: resigned after publicity re his presence teaching at St. Paul (M & P)
late February 2000: Auxiliary Bishop John Knight put on administrative leave while the archdiocese conducted an internal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. He never returned. No report was given as to the findings of the investigation)
1999: 2004 2 Second Ave, Toronto 416-695 9419 (Archbishop Ambrozic. Aux. bishops: John S. Knight, Nicola De Angelis, Anthony Meagher) (CCCD)
1998: 2004 2 Second Ave, Toronto 416-695 9419 (Archbishop Ambrozic. Aux. Bishops Terrence Prendergast sj, John S. Knight, Nicola De Angelis, Anthony Meagher) (CCCD)
1997, 1996: 2004- 2 Second Ave. Toronto, 416-695 9419 (Bishop Amrbozic, Aux. Bishops Terrence Prendergast sj, John S. Knight, Nicola De Angelis, Robert B, Clune) (CCCD)
1995: c/o 355 Church St. (address for Archbishop’s office/Chancellor’s office/diocesan centre, Toronto Archdiocese (Chancellor Father Briant Cullinane ofm Conv.) (Archbishop Ambrozic. Auxiliary Bishop John S. Knight) (CCCD)
1994: c/o 355 Church St. (address for Archbishop’s office/Chancellor’s office/diocesan centre, Toronto Archdiocese (Chancellor Father Briant Cullinane ofm Conv.) (Archbishop Ambrozic. Auxiliary Bishops John S. Knight, Nicola De Angelis, Robert B. Clune) (CCCD)
1993: 67 Curzon St., Apt. 417, Toronto, 416-977-1500 (CCCD)
1992: address for Archbishop’s office/ Chancellor’s office/diocesan centre, Toronto Archdiocese (Chancellor Auxiliary Bishop Leonard Wall) (Archbishop Ambrozic) (CCCD)
1991: 67 Curzon St., Apt. 417, Toronto, 416-977-1500 (CCCD)
early 1990: chairman of the Toronto Archdiocese’s Liturgy Commission, a position he retained for a number of years
– served as Consultant for the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Catholic Office of Religious Education
August 1989: news out that Glendinning a molester. Father McCarthy defended the decision to return Glendinning to parish ministry (“There is no reason to question the level of recovery. We don’t have a time bomb sitting here”) (M)
1989: transferred to Blessed Trinity in Willowdale. Ontario. A mother in Edmonton found out and tipped off the media. Chaos. Pastor Anthony Meager (later to become Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto and then Archbishop of Kingston) stipulated that Glendinning’s transfer was “routine” and that Glendinning has been “absolutely clean” for the past six years. Cardinal Carter, the Archbishop of Toronto, pleaded with the parishioners live up to their “goodness.” According to news reports Carter said that since being at Southdown Glendinning was living “a blameless life” with “no shadow of suspicion.” ( M & P)
1984-1989: introduced as assistant at Our Lady of Grace RC Church, Aurora, Ontario in 1984 (P) (Our Lady of Grace is very close to Southdown. Glendinning must have moved right from Southdown to Our Lady of Grace?) (Pastor at Our Lady of Grace was Father Paul McCarthy. Glendinning was under McCarthy’s supervision. After allegations of sex abuse of young boys by McCarthy surfaced an ‘internal’ diocesan investigation was conducted – McCarthy was shipped off to a treatment centre in New Mexico and shortly thereafter surfaced in another parish )
1985-86: 65 Yonge St. North, Aurora + Our Lady of Grace (Pastor Father Paul J. McCarthy) (CCCD)
1976-1983: Archdiocese of Edmonton Alberta. Teaching at Edmonton’s Newman Theological College and its affiliated seminary, St. Joseph’s. Archbishop Joseph MacNeil agreed that Glendinning could teach there where he could be closely supervised. While in Edmonton began to assist at three of the more rural parishes where he set up altar boys societies. (P) Glendinning molested at least 15 boys during his 8 year stay in the Archdiocese. Charges were not laid (P)
On learning that Glendinning was assisting at one parish Archbishop MacNeil allegedly reviewed Glendinning’s Southdown report which recommend Glendinning not be put in charge of young people. According to media reports: ” Since Glendinning was living at the college, rather than in the parish, MacNeil felt there was sufficient supervision of his activities.”
1983: off to Southdown again after word of abuse of boys in Archdiocese of Edmonton (M & P)
1983: Editorial Committee for First Communion and the Faith Journey, a parish handbook published by the Edmonton Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission
on Edmonton Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission
1971-1974: Vice Chair of London Diocesan Liturgical Commission (P) (Chairman Father J. B. O’Donnell) (Bishop Emmett Carter) (Auxiliary Bishop John Michael Sherlock June ’74-July ’78)
1974: Charged with gross indecency involving five boys and one girl. CONVICTED
1973-74, 1971-72: St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario (Bishop Emmett Carter) (CCCD)
– member of London Diocesan Liturgical Commission (P)
dates unknown: shortly after ordination was off to Rome to pursue further studies in Liturgy.
1964: ordained (Emmett Carter Auxiliary Bishop of London from 1961. Installed as Bishop March 1964)
Family from Wallaceburg, Ontario. His father ran a men’s clothing store
19 August 2011: BLOG I’m serious
23 July 2011: Abuse victims struggle with mental health problems
23 July 2011: Priest left legacy of pain
22 July 2011: BLOG He is dead
22 July 2011: The changing face of Ontario church sex scandals
22 July 2011: Church admits it erred
22 July 2011: BLOG Defrocked?
10 June 2010: BLOG “Unconscionable”
02 February 2004: Reasons for Judgement (Glendinning lawsuit)
20 April 2000: Priest accused of sex abuse leaves position at St. Paul
see April-Dec. 1999 “Sexual misconduct a privacy issue”
11 August 1989: Catholics discuss policy for sexual misconduct
18 July 1989: Archdiocese sets guidelines for abuse cases
Barry Glendinning shows up at trial
London Free Press
24 September 2003
PETER GEIGEN-MILLER, Free Press Reporter
Sexual abuse by an older brother was a factor in the life difficulties experienced by two brothers, but it pales in comparison to the impact of the abuse by a Catholic priest, a London psychologist testified yesterday. Psychologist Peter Jaffe spent his second day under cross- examination by Toronto lawyer Peter Lauwers, representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of London in a $7-million civil suit under way in the Superior Court of Justice in London.
The diocese and Rev. Barry Glendinning are being sued by John, Ed and Guy Swales and their family for damages they say resulted from abuse by Glendinning when he was a teacher at St. Peter’s Seminary in London in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Glendinning, who is retired, made his first appearance at the trial yesterday. Dressed in a suit and tie, he appeared late in the afternoon and sat quietly in a row near the back of the courtroom as examination of Jaffe continued.
It was thought Glendinning might begin his testimony yesterday, but Jaffe’s appearance on the witness stand occupied the entire day. The retired priest might begin testifying Friday.
In proceedings yesterday, Jaffe agreed with Lauwers that abuse by John Swales should be considered as a factor in the difficulties Ed and Guy Swales have experienced in life.
But Jaffe said it is not the major factor, adding Ed and Guy do not blame John for their difficulties, accept he was a victim of abuse by Glendinning and have reconciled with their older brother.
Testimony earlier in the trial has shown that John, Ed and Guy Swales dropped out of high school in grades 9 or 10, were involved in drug and alcohol abuse and male prostitution and have fallen short of career expectations.
Lauwers asked about the impact of other factors in the difficulties experienced by the brothers. Those factors included serious health problems experienced by Ed and Guy, a modest family income level, lack of previous post- secondary educational attainment in the family and the drug culture they experienced at school in the early 1970s.
But Jaffe said those factors were balanced by others — the positive role model provided by a hard-working father, the care of a loving mother and the fact their parents stayed together. Jaffe agreed other factors must be weighed in understanding why the brothers experienced the problems they did.
But he said abuse by Glendinning was an overwhelming factor that swamped all others. Although Glendinning’s abuse did not involve violence, its impact was severe because it was done over an extended period by a priest, a trusted authority figure, Jaffe said. It was the ultimate betrayal of trust by a representative of God, he said.
The trial continues today.
Priest assumed to be Big Brother
A seminarian says he saw Barry Glendinning with kids several times.
London Free Press
20 September 2001
PETER GEIGEN-MILLER, Free Press Reporter
A Roman Catholic priest says he assumed former seminary teacher Barry Glendinning’s frequent association with children meant he was a Big Brother. Rev. Terrence McNamara of London said he saw Glendinning with kids four or five times at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, but he understood Glendinning took young people on frequent camping trips.
Glendinning taught liturgy and theology at the seminary in the early 1970s and McNamara was a student.
McNamara said he concluded Glendinning was a Big Brother because of his rapport with children.
He said he once saw Glendinning with a young boy and girl in the seminary’s basement lounge.
The children were talking about what a good time they’d had on an outing with Glendinning, said McNamara.
Glendinning was not a Big Brother, but he befriended a group of children in the early 1970s and took them on camping trips and visits to his seminary quarters.
Superior Court Justice John Kerr has heard Glendinning encouraged the children to engage in nude body painting, touching, masturbation and oral sex during those outings.
McNamara’s testimony came at the end of the fifth week of a civil trial in which John, Ed and Guy Swales and their family are suing Glen-dinning and the Roman Catholic diocese of London for $7 million. The Swales are seeking damages for pain and suffering they say was inflicted by years of sexual abuse by Glendinning.
McNamara said he had a positive impression of Glendinning during the seminary years and never heard anything bad about him.
That changed in the spring of 1974 when Glendinning was arrested and charged with six counts of gross indecency involving five boys and a girl.
He was placed on probation for three years and sent by the diocese to a treatment centre.
The civil trial continues next week in the Superior Court of Justice in London.
Priest at loss to explain missing documents
19 September 2003
PETER GEIGEN-MILLER, Free Press Reporter
A church official was unable to explain yesterday why documents could not be found in the church file of a priest at the centre of a sexual-abuse lawsuit. During cross-examination by London lawyer Paul Ledroit, Rev. Tony Daniels said documents that might normally be expected to be put in the file were not there when he searched after legal action was launched against Rev. Barry Glendinning and the Roman Catholic Diocese of London.
Glendinning and the diocese are named in a lawsuit brought by brothers John, Ed and Guy Swales and their family.
The Swales are seeking damages for pain and suffering they say Glendinning inflicted on them. The $7-million civil suit is being heard by Justice John Kerr in Superior Court in London. Glendinning pleaded guilty in 1974 to six counts of gross indecency with children.
The diocese placed him on probation for three years and sent him for treatment to the Southdown Institute, a centre used to treat troubled priests.
Daniels said yesterday Glendinning’s file contained no records after 1967.
He said he found the absence of records “disappointing and surprising.”
One of the items that might be expected to be in the file is a letter appointing Glendinning to a Windsor parish after his treatment at Southdown, said Daniels, vicar general of the diocese.
A letter would normally be placed in a file when a priest was given a new posting, he said.
Asked by Ledroit if it was logical to assume the letter had been removed from the file, Daniels said it was.
He said he had no explanation why other documents were not in the file.
Asked if it was reasonable to expect a copy of Glendinning’s probation order to be in the file, Daniels responded: “If an order like that came to me, I’d put it in his file.”
He said he could find nothing about Glendinning in secret files kept by the diocese.
Ledroit, a London litigation lawyer, is representing the Swales family in the civil suit
PRIEST WAS OBSERVED ‘NECKING’PRIEST WAS OBSERVED ‘NECKING’
A Windsor cleric testifies he spotted Barry Glendinning in an embrace
with another man during their seminary days.
London Free Press
20 June 2003
By Peter Geigen-Miller, London Free Press, June 20, 2003
The man at the centre of a sexual abuse lawsuit was observed embracing a fellow seminarian while the two were students at St. Peter’s Seminary in London in the
late 1950s, a court heard yesterday. A Catholic priest from Windsor testifying in the civil lawsuit said he and a friend were walking on the seminary grounds
when they spotted Barry Glendinning and anotherseminarian grappling and “necking.” The priest, whose name can’t be released under terms of a court order, said he and his friend, also a seminarian, were bothered by seeing two males embracing and decided to report the incident. “We didn’t think it acceptable behaviour we should foster in our seminary,” he said. “When we saw him doing things with another male, we thought it wasn’t right.”
The priest said he and his friend went to see their spiritual directors, or advisers, who sent them to the rector, the head of the seminary. The two told their stories to the rector separately. The priest said as far as he knows, nothing came of the incident. The Windsor priest graduated from St. Peter’s in 1959 and served in St. Mary’s parish in London in the 1960s and 1970s.
Donna Swales and her children were members of the parish during that period. John, Guy and Ed Swales and their family are suing Glendinning and the Roman Catholic Diocese of London for damage caused by sexual abuse they say they suffered at Glendinning’s hands at St. Peter’s seminary. Glendinning was convicted in 1974 of gross indecency involving children.
The suit is being heard by Superior Court Justice John Kerr.
Yesterday was the ninth day of the trial.
The Windsor priest said he was two or three years ahead of Glendinning in seminary studies. He said sexuality was an issue in a seminary with 130 males thrown together in close proximity. “We were living together as men with blood in our veins,” he said. “It wasn’t always easy.” The opposing parties in the suit will take a break from trial proceedings today to hold a settlement conference. They will meet with Superior Court Justice William Jenkins to see if the suit can be resolved through negotiations. The Swales are suing Glendinning and the diocese for $7 million. The diocese has launched a counterclaim against John Swales, saying he sexually, physically and emotionally abused his younger siblings.
Peter Geigen-Miller, Free Press Reporter 6/17/03 “The woman was testifying at the civil trial in which Glendinning and the Roman Catholic Diocese of London are being sued by John, Guy and Ed Swales and their family for $7 million. The Swales brothers say they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Glendinning during visits to the seminary and on camping trips and other outings. Glendinning pleaded guilty in 1974 to gross indecency involving children. Yesterday, at the start of the second week of the civil trial, the woman testified Glendinning took her and her brother to the priest’s room at the seminary and engaged with them in nude body painting and nude massages. On one occasion, Glendinning forced her and her brother to perform a simulated sex act while he watched, she said. When her brother was reluctant to do as the priest asked, Glendinning twisted the boy’s arm behind his back and forced him to comply, she said.” http://www.canoe.com/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2003/06/17/112807.html
Silence broken on sexual abuse
WCR Letters to the Editor (Western Catholic Reporter)
Week of April 24, 2000
It is encouraging to read that Bishop John Sherlock, of London, Ont., seeks pardon from John Swales, one of the victims of sexual abuser Barry Glendinning (WCR, April 10) but rather surprising to learn that having been convicted of six counts of gross indecency in 1974, he was put on probation, sent to a rehab centre for clergy, and sent from the London Diocese two years later, in 1976, to teach here at Newman Theological College.
In the seven years he was in the Edmonton Archdiocese teaching, he also assisted in rural parishes where he continued to molest boys, to which he confessed. In Edmonton no charges were laid and he was gone from Edmonton in 1983.
With the Swales family speaking out publicly regarding the years of their sexual abuse perhaps those molested in the Edmonton area will be encouraged and strengthened to come forward, to put this evil of sexual abuse and molestation behind them once and for all, allowing the victims to move From Pain to Hope*.
The question is, how many more victims must there be before something is finally done to eradicate this evil leading to Breach to Trust and Breach of Faith*?
(*CCCB Publications, 1992).
Priest accused of sex abuse leaves position at Saint Paul
The Ottawa Citizen
20 April 2000
TORONTO — A priest who taught a summer course at Saint Paul University in Ottawa for the past decade has resigned in the wake of a lawsuit against him for the alleged sexual abuse of altar boys three decades ago.
But Rev. Barry Glendinning, who says he has mastered his “problem,” said he will be sad to leave the “genuine support” of the Saint Paul classroom.
In an interview with the Citizen, Father Glendinning said he enjoyed the course, which is taught only to adults.
“It was a genuine support,” for him, he said. “The experience was a very healthy thing.”
The priest said he must always be ready for his past to resurface. “These things come up in the course of time and one has to deal with them.”
Father Glendinning said he has had his problem under control since 1983.
“I feel from that point of view it’s behind me,” he said. “But I can understand the feelings of others very much.”
The 66-year-old retired Catholic priest who lives in Toronto and has taught a liturgy course each summer at the Ottawa university, is the target of a civil lawsuit based on alleged incidents of sexual abuse between 1968 and 1974 in London, Ont.
Father Glendinning, who has admitted to sexual improprieties with boys, was convicted of six counts of gross indecency in 1974. He had stays in therapy centres in 1974 and 1983.
Last month, brothers John, Guy and Ed Swales, who were 10, eight and six years old respectively in 1968, made their own names public for the first time, in a civil lawsuit centring on incidents during the 1968-1974 period.
Saint Paul’s administration was aware of Father Glendinning’s record.
Rev. Dale Schlitt, rector of Saint Paul, said two students came forward in support of Father Glendinning after the Citizen reported the university was trying to decide whether to retain his services. One of those students had taken Father Glendinning’s course and had been very impressed by it.