Siginificant Incident Report

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06 December 1993:  a significant incident report was filed by the base admin officer, L/Col D.L. Davis.  The report reads in part:

PRIVATE XXX “ORALLY COMPLAINED TO AN HCA OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT DURING THE PERIOD OCT 93 TO DEC 93 BY …CAPT (M) LP WHALEN, CHAP (RC).  HARRASSMENT CONSISTED OF BOTH REPEATED PHONE CALLS AND LETTERS.  TWO LETTERS WERE PROVIDED TO THE HCA.

3. CAPT WHALEN NOW POSTED ON MPHL (MEDICAL POSTING HOLDING LIST) TO NDHQ (NATIONAL DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS, OTTAWA, ONTARIO) FOR BACK SURGERY AND EXTENDED COUNSELING UNDER CHAP GEN (RC) AEGIS.  … IT IS UNDERSTOOD THIS IS NOT THE FIRST SUCH INCIDENT IN WHICH CAPT WHALEN WAS INVOLVED.  HE HAS RECEIVED COUNSELING FROM THE AIR COMD CHAP (rc) FOR AN EALRIER INCIDENT WHICH WAS BROUGHT TO LCOL GIRARD’S ATTENTION AND WAS REFERRED FOR REGULAR COUNSELLIN WITH 4 WING PSYCHIATRIST.AJ FERRI.  MAJ FERRI INITIATED THE RECOMMENDATION THAT HE UNDERGO CONCENTRARTED SPECIALIST COUNSELLING IN CONJUCTION WITH HIS SURGERY IN OTTAWA.

4. POSSIBLE IMLICATIONS ARE TWO-FOLD:  A. THE IMPLICATION FOR THE LOCAL 4 WING COMMUNITY, PARTICUALRLY THE RC CHAPEL CONGREGATION OF THIS BREACH OF TRUST BY A PADRE, WHEN KNOWN, WOULD BE DEVASTATING.

B.  THE BROADER IMPLICATIONS, THE CANDIAN MEDIA, OF A CANDIAN FORCES RC CHAPLAIN MAKING UNWELCOME ADVANCES TO MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY GIVEN SENSITIVITY TO THE ISSUE OF HOMOSEXUALITY, COULD RESULT IN BOTH EMBARRASSMENT AND DISCREDIT TO THE CF.  ON THE ONE HAND WE MAY BE SEEN AS HAVING HARBOURED A PRIEST WITH A KNOWN PROBLEM, ON THE OTHER, IT COULD BE CONSTRUED THAT THIS IS A WITCH HUNT FOR A HOMOSEXUAL PRIEST. 

5. CLEARLY THE ISSUE HERE IS NOT HOMOSEXUALITY BUT THE BREACH OF A SACRED TRUST BY AN OFFICER, MORE PARTICULARLY AN RC PADRE.  THE FOLLOWING ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN: A. PTE. XXX HAS BEEN ASKED TO FORMULATE A WRITTEN STATEMENT OF THE ALLEGED HARRASSMENT, GIVING AS MUCH DETAIL AS POSSIBLE…DEPENDING ON THE GRAVITY AND EXTENT OF HIS COMPLAINT, A MILITARY POLICE INVESTIGATION WILL BE INITIATED, PROBABLY FOLLWED BY A SUMMARY INVESTIGATION.  ASSISTANCE IN INVESTIGATING THE COMPLAINT, SPECIFICALLY CAPT WHALEN’S POSSIBLE INVOLVELMENT AND PRIOR HISTORY WILL BE SOUGHT FROM NDHQ AND AIR COMMAND.  IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE INVESTIGATION WILL PROBABLY RESULT IN A RECOMMENATION FOR RELEASE OF CAPTAIN FROM THE CANADAIN FORCES AND THE PRIESTHOOD. 

6.  NO MEDIA INVOLVEMENT TO DATE BUT THE TOPIC IS TIMELY

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