Priest convicted of abuse withdraws from Ottawa church

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Updated: Fri May. 06 2011 4:21:13 PM

     

           

     

 

Father Jack McCann will no longer say mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Ottawa’s east end. McCann has a previous conviction of sexually abusing young girls.

An Ottawa priest with a prior conviction of sexually abusing two young girls will withdraw from active duties at a church in the city’s east end for personal reasons.

A letter from Father Jack McCann will be read to the congregation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church during a special prayer session on Saturday morning.

McCann spent 10 months in jail for sexual offences he committed in B.C. in the 1970s. He pleaded guilty to the offences in 1992.

He now lives in Ottawa where he has presided over mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on St. Laurent Boulevard.

Although the congregation speaks highly of McCann, nobody at the Church was aware of his past until CTV Ottawa started making inquiries.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Ottawa told CTV on Thursday that McCann was not allowed to celebrate mass without supervision.

However, the parish priest, Father Stephen Liang, said that’s exactly what McCann had been doing.

Liang told CTV Ottawa he was “horrified” to learn he was never told about McCann’s past.

With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Joanne Schnurr

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Belinda
This man voluntarily joined the church. Now, he’s with drawing from the church.

Aboriginals, never voluntarily joined Canada. We should be able to withdraw ourselves too.

2 Responses to Priest convicted of abuse withdraws from Ottawa church

  1. kevin says:

    catholicabusesurvivorsni.com—-ireland is the worlds leading exporters of child raping priests, northern ireland is currentley struggling to hide its papal paedophile priestcraft religions abuse of children here since the formation of the state in 1922 which includes the state paid for roman catholic church operated childrens homes policed by the nuns and christian orders all child abusers praying the pharisees of the stormont goverment continue to block a public inquiry.

  2. 1yellowknife says:

    Can only celebrate mass with supervision, you say
    Why is he allowed to celebrate mass at all

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