Paul Joseph McCarthy
priest Archdiocese of Toronto. Ordained 03 June 1967. Ran COR weekends (Christ in Others Retreat) at St. Patrick’s in Toronto and Our Lady of Grace in Aurora, Ontario) and perhaps elsewhere. 1990 archdiocesan investigation for ‘misconduct.’” At the time, Judicial Vicar, Monsignor Ed Boehler, insisted that the allegations against McCarthy did not involve sexual assault on children and that there was no requirement to call police or Children’s Aid. The findings of the investigation were never made public and parishioners were essentially told it was none of their business. The allegations in fact entailed abuse of three teenage boys. McCarthy was recycled. McCarthy’s assistant at the time was convicted serial molester Father Barry Glendinning
Archbishops of Toronto from time of Father McCarthy’s ordination to death:: James Charles McGuigan (22 December 1934 – 30 March 1971); Philip Francis Pocock (30 March 1971 – 29 April 1978); Gerald Emmett Carter (29 April 1978 – 17 March 1990); Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic (17 March 1990 – – 16 December 2006 ) ; Thomas Christopher Collins (16 December 2006 – – )
Auxiliary Bishops of Toronto from time of Father McCarthy’s ordination to death: Francis Valentine Allen † (02 Jul 1954 – 07 October 1977) ; Francis Anthony Marrocco (01 Dec 1955 – 10 June 1968); Thomas Benjamin Fulton (28 December 1968-August 1978;) Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic (26 March 1976 – Coadjutor Archbishop: 22 May 1986); Michael Pearse Lacey (03 May 1979 – 31 May 1993); Robert Bell Clune (03 May 1979 to 27 December 1995); Leonard James Wall (03 May 1979 — 25 February 1992); John Stephen Knight (27 Apr 1992 – 09 April 2000); Anthony Giroux Meagher (30 April 1997 – 27 April 2002) Nicola de Angelis, C.F.I.C. ( 27 April 1992 to 28 December 2002);: Terrence Thomas Prendergast, S.J. ( 22 February 1995 – 30 June 1998); Richard John Grecco (27 April 2002 – 11 July 2009) Peter Joseph Hundt ( 11 February 2006 – 01 March 2011)
25 August 2009: Guitar-playing priest made everyone feel special
04 December 1990: Priest resigns in deal with parishioner, church says
03 December 1990: Priest’s resignation announced ‘all hell’ breaks loose at Mass
18 July 1989: Archdiocese sets guidelines for abuse cases
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) to which I have access, the 1980 Ontario Catholic Directory (OCD), The Orator (Orator),
05 August 2009: Died at Southlake Hospital, age 67. (see Father Paul McCarthy funeral home obituary)
2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993: Pastor, St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga (CCCD)
1999: Monsignor Boehler admitted the diocesan investigation related to children, then quickly referred to canon 220 of the Code of Canon Law (“No one may unlawfully harm the good reputation which a person enjoys, or violate the right of every person to protect his or her privacy.”).
1992: address for St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Church, Unionville, Ontario (Pastor Father Edward J. MacTague) (CCCD)
1991: Pastor, Our Lady of Grace, Aurora, Ontario (CCCD) (he actually left in 1990)
1980- January 1990: Pastor, Our Lady of Grace, Aurora, Ontario
03 December 1990: Archbishop Ambrozic announces that Father McCarthy is reigning. Parishioners were told nothing of the nature of the allegations or the results of the investigation (M)
Archbishop Ambrozic basically told parishioners at Our Lady of Grace that the results of the diocesan investigation were none of their business (Orator/P)
Father McCarthy was sent to New Mexico. Parishioners at Our Lady of Grace were told that this was to give him a rest and time for healing. (Orator)
January 1990: Father McCarthy was ordered out of the parish and rectory while he was investigated for ‘misconduct.’ The investigation was conducted by the diocese and findings were kept secret. Monsignor Boehler (Vicar General) insisted at the time that the allegations did not involve sex assault of children and that there was no need to call police or Children’s Aid . The truth of the matter is that the allegations involved three teenage boys, two of whom were brothers. The boys and their families were apparently treated shabbily by diocesan officials, and the boys were made to feel that they were to blame. (Orator and P)
August 1989: Father Glendinning had recently been transferred to Blessed Trinity in Willowdale, Ontario. When word reached parishioners that he was convicted molester there was an uproar in the parish. At the time, 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)
1985-86: Pastor, Our Lady of Grace, Aurora, Ontario (CCCD)
1984: Father Barry Glendinning, fresh from his second stint at Southdown, arrived as assistant pastor. McCarthy was supposedly supervising Glendinning. Parishioners were told Glendinning, a convicted molester had been receiving treatment for a drinking problem – he had in fact been reported for sodomizing and molesting altar boys in the Archdiocese of Edmonton Alberta where he had been shipped shortly after he was convicted. Glendinning was asked to take charge of the youth group and the altar boys. (Orator and P)
198o: succeeded Father Lynette as Pastor at Our Lady of Grace, Aurora, Ontario (Father Paul McCarthy at Our Lady of Grace in Aurora )
1980: at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Markham, Ontario with Father N. Gignac and Permanent Deacon Mr. A. R. McGregor (OCD)
1973-74, 1971-72, 1968-69: assistant at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Toronto, Ontario (Pastor Father W.E. Cambray (CCCD)
03 June 1967: ORDAINED at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Toronto by Bishop Philip Pocock
Sexual Misconduct: “A Privacy Issue”
In 1984, when Father Glendinning was first introduced as an assistant pastor at Our Lady of Grace Church in Aurora, Ontario ( a parish close to Southdown), parishioners were told that he had been receiving treatment for a drinking problem. In short order, Father Glendinning was asked to take charge of the youth group. He obliged.
Liturgical dance was introduced to the Mass during Father’s stay at Our Lady of Grace. Father remained at the parish until the summer of 1989 at which time he was transferred to Blessed Trinity Church in Willowdale. Throughout Father Glendinning’s years at Our Lady of Grace, the parish priest was Father Paul McCarthy.
Five months after Father Glendinning’s departure, in January of 1990, the media reported that Father McCarthy was “ordered out of his parish and rectory residence while he is investigated for ‘misconduct.’” Church officials reportedly were keeping details of the internal investigation secret. At the time, Judicial Vicar, Monsignor Ed Boehler, insisted that the charges against McCarthy did not involve sexual assault on children and that there was no requirement to call police or Children’s Aid.
Former detective Paul Tallon was a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace during those years. He and his wife were involved with the COR movement (Christ in Others Retreat, a retreat for young people in their mid-teens to early twenties). Father McCarthy was in charge of the COR movement.
In a recent interview with The Orator, Tallon, who retired four years ago after a number of years as a sexual assault investigator, said that Father McCarthy used to take boys on weekend trips and often had boys sleeping over at the rectory. Tallon advised Father McCarthy that the sleep-overs weren’t a good idea and just didn’t look good. To no avail.
According to Tallon, the diocesan investigation into Father McCarthy’s “misconduct” followed allegations of sexual misconduct. The allegations originally came from three male teenagers, two brothers from one family, one boy from another. The sexual misconduct allegedly transpired over a period of a few years. At some point one of the brothers decided not to pursue the allegations. He didn’t want to talk about it.
There were also allegations that Father McCarthy had been giving boys liquor and that there were frequent slumber parties at the rectory. Father apparently denied these allegations.
The allegations of sexual misconduct arose around the same time that some sort of diocesan guidelines had been developed to deal with problems of sexual abuse. In this instance, said Tallon, a decision was made by Church officials that “the Church” would deal with the issue and it would go to a “Church tribunal.”
According to the former detective, throughout the investigation the boys and their families were treated “shabbily” and the whole thing was “a whitewash.” The priest who conducted the investigation on behalf of the diocese was a personal friend of Father McCarthy. This choice was apparently justified with the claim that there was no one else available. Tallon says that he was disgusted with the whole thing .
Other Orator sources report that, after the investigation, Archbishop Ambrozic arrived at Our Lady of Grace one Sunday to personally tell parishioners during Mass that Father McCarthy was being suspended. There was chaos. Some parishioners were yelling and screaming. Others were crying. Tallon confirms the scene. He says the parish was divided between those who defended the priest and those who felt he was guilty. Some parishioners apparently called out “Guilty or not guilty?” The Archbishop’s reply, according to Tallon, could be paraphrased as: It’s none of your business.
Father McCarthy was sent off to New Mexico for a spell. The families were told that this was to give him a rest and time for healing. Within a year or so he was serving in another parish.
When contacted by The Orator, Monsignor Boehler ( still Judicial Vicar) adamantly refused to divulge the outcome of the investigation, very curtly advising that “we” do not discuss personnel matters. When pressed, he cooly stated that this is “a privacy issue” and referred the enquirer to canon 220. Appeals to the interests of the faithful were of no avail. Monsignor did, however, momentarily concur that the issue involves children, but instantly reiterated that this is a privacy issue and referred again to canon 220 (“No one may unlawfully harm the good reputation which a person enjoys, or violate the right of every person to protect his or her privacy.”).