Father Robert Whyte csb
Robert J. Whyte
Robert Joseph Whyte
Basilian priest. Ordained 1947. Teaching at St. Michael’s College School, Toronto during his formation and prior to ordination in 1947. Sent for “treatment” in 1977 then back teaching. 1990 GUILTY plea. Died 22 July 2014
1990: GUILTY plea. Convicted on 18 charges related to sexual abuse of boys age 11 to 17 – abuses perpetrated between years 1962 and 1982 — involved boys between 11 and 17 who were altar boys, church members or Whyte’s students. Sentenced to 4 years in prison.
Cardinal George Flahiff was elected Superior of the Canadian Basilians in 1951. From 1954 to 1960 Flahiff served as Superior General of the Basilian congregation worldwide. The current Bishop of London, Ontario, Ronald Peter Fabbro csb, was Superior of the Canadian Basilians from 1997-2002
Paul John O’Byrne was Archbishop of Calgary 20 June 1968 – 19 January 1998
22 July 2014: Father Robert Whyte, C.S.B Obituary
Mass of Christian Burial
Father Robert Whyte csb was chosen as one of eight pages to attend Cardinal Villeneuve during a 1934 visit to Toronto. This page is from the 1950 edition of The Blue Banner 1950. Scroll down to bottom right. (Cardinal Villeneuve was Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, an Oblate priest who served as Archbishop of Quebec city from 1931 to 1947. He was elevated to Cardinal in 1933. )
Basilian Chart – showing dates and known whereabouts of the following four known or alleged Basilian molesters: Fathers William Hodgson Marshall,Robert Whyte, Leo Campbell and Kenneth O’Keefe
Media coverage & BLOGS
31 January 2016: Man suing Catholic church over alleged abuse by priest
15 April 2013: BLOG He was just learning to spell paedophile?
22 January 2013: BLOG And there you go…
16 November 2010: BLOG Trepidation
15 November 2010: BLOG Uncanny?
21 October 2010: BLOG Who knew who?
12 August 2010: BLOG I cringe at the thought
28 July 2010: BLOG Delay. Delay. Delay
23 July 2010: BLOG The camp
20 July 2010: BLOG The hunter
19 July 2010: BLOG Out of the ordinary
18 July 2010: BLOG Another Basilian teacher
06 July 2010: BLOG New info
28 June 2010: BLOG Think again
25 June 2010: BLOG Hard to deal with
The following dates are drawn from the Canadian Catholic Church directorties (CCCD), St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) yearbooks, information found online, and comments blogged on this site
1944: Teacher XI-4 at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS yearbook)
1945: teaching Religious Knowledge at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS yearbook)
1946: teaching Math at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS yearbook)
1947: ORDAINED (several directories list date of ordination as 1948 but then correct and are consistent with 1947)
teaching religion at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto. (SMCS yearbook)
1948: Teaching Religion at SMCS. Toronto (SMCS yearbook)
1949: No SMCS yearbook available
1950: teacher at SMCS (SMCS yearbook)
( MR. William Hodgson Marshall csb on staff)
1951: “Guidance” at SMCS and responsible for publication of the Religious Bulletin. Note in yearbook advises that Whyte “was forced by the bitter blow of pneumonia to head south”
(MR Hod Marshall csb on staff, teaching Mathematics and coaching football team )
1952: Not in SMCS yearbook, but CCCD lists him as at SMCS.
1953-1956: Holy Rosary Church, Toronto, Ontario (CCCD)
1957: Assumption College, Windsor, Ontario (CCCD)
(Father Hod Marshall csb also at Assumption)
1958-1961: St. Mary’s College, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario (CCCD)
1962: St. Mary’s Boy’s School Calgary yearbook (blog – http://www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress/2010/06/28/think-again/comment-page-1/#comment-58487) (CCCD)
1963: St. Mary’s Boy’s School Calgary yearbook (blog – http://www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress/2010/06/28/think-again/comment-page-1/#comment-58487)
St. Agnes Church, Carstairs, Alberta (CCCD)
1964: St. Agnes Church, Carstairs, Alberta (“Historical notes online: http://www.archive.org/stream/historicalnotesc18scoluoft/historicalnotesc18scoluoft_djvu.txt
St. Mary’s Boy’s School Calgary yearbook (blog – http://www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress/2010/06/28/think-again/comment-page-1/#comment-58487)
1966: teaching at Bishop Grandin Secondary School in South-West Calagry (Historial Notes CSB (Volume 48)
1967 -1969: St. Mary’s Boy’s School, Calgary Alberta (CCCD)
1971-1972: listed as teacher, address 1818 First St.S.E. (address for Basilian Fathers of Calgary) (CCCD)
1972-1979: Teaching at St. Mary’s Boys’s School in Calgary, Alberta and pastor at St. Mary’s Church, Cochrane, Alberta (History of St. Mary’s Parish – online http://www.stmaryscochrane.ca/history.php
1977: according to media (scroll down) received “treatment” in Toronto for five months
[According to media reports (scroll down) sometime between 1962 and 1982 served as parish priest at St. Pius X Church in Calgary. According to the article Whyte was teaching at two schools during those years.]
1983: address 2424-24th Avenue N.W., Calgary, Alberta (address for St. Pius X Church, Calgary, Alberta) (CCCD)
1985-1986: 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto (address of St Basil Church, Toronto, Ontario – Pastor Father Gerald T Gregoire csb) (CCCD)
1990: GUILTY plea. Four year sentence
1991: JAIL? address St Basil Church,Toronto, Ontario (Pastor Father Gerald T Gregoire csb) (CCCD)
1992: JAIL?: address St Basil Church,Toronto, Ontario (Pastor Father Thomas B Mailloux csb) (CCCD)
1993: JAIL or Probation? address St Basil Church,Toronto, Ontario (Pastor Father Thomas B Mailloux csb) (CCCD)
1994: JAIL or Probation? address St Basil Church,Toronto, Ontario (Pastor Father Thomas B Mailloux csb) (CCCD)
1995: address 95 St. Joseph St. (Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre, Toronto) (Superior General Robert J Barringer csb) (CCCD)
1996: address 95 St. Joseph St. (Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre, Toronto) (Superior General Robert J Barringer csb) (CCCD)
1997: address 95 St. Joseph St. (Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre, Toronto) (Superior General George Lapierre csb) (CCCD)
Assistant Director of the Basilian Fathers residence (25 June 1997 Basilian newsletter )
1998-2013: address 95 St. Joseph St. (Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre, Toronto) (CCCD)
22 July 2014: Died
January 18, 1990 19.18 EST
By Sylvia Strojek
The Roman Catholic Church cannot be blamed for an apparent lack of action years ago when it first became aware of a priest’s indecent assault of several young boys, says the Superior General of the Basilian Fathers.
Rev. Jack Gallagher said the church was under the impression Rev. Robert Whyte’s pedophilia was under control after he received treatment for five months in Toronto in 1977.
Whyte, a 68-year-old member of the Basilians, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty in provincial court last week to 18 counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault.
The incidents involved fondling the genitals of boys who were altar boys, church members or Whyte’s students between 1962 and 1982.
He was a parish priest at St. Pius Catholic Church at the time and a teacher at two high schools.
“I believe that it is unfair to blame authorities in the past because they did not act with the kind of awareness that we have today,” Gallagher told a news conference after the sentencing.
“Second, I can assure you that during my short time dealing with this case it has become apparent that Bishop Paul O’Byrne of Calgary has acted correctly and with a great sense of responsibility. Certainly there has been no suggestion of a coverup. ”
O’Byrne is the bishop of the Calgary diocese, which covers all of southern Alberta and has more than 160 priests serving almost 200,000 people. He has not been available for comment.
The Basilian Fathers will continue to support Whyte, Gallagher said. They will also help him resume therapy after he is released.
He may eventually be allowed to go back to a pastoral setting where he would not be in contact with young people, Gallagher added.
Whyte’s conviction, at a time when there is growing evidence of physical and sexual abuse by priests, has prompted the Basilian Fathers to create a committee to review the issue. Policies on how to deal with indecent assault within the church are expected by May.
In the meantime, the order has pledged to investigate any alleged incidents promptly and send suspected offenders away for therapy immediately.
Gallagher said he is not aware of any other priest under suspicion.
The Basilian Fathers have also offered to help Whyte’s victims and their families if they come forward. But Gallagher admitted there are some rifts that will be difficult to heal.
“There is some damage to the trust one hopes people would have to the ministers of religion,” he said. “Obviously I feel terrible about it. One wants to bring anybody back that was alienated from the church.”
Whyte’s conviction also means the church will keep a closer eye on its priests as it in turn falls under the intense scrutiny of its congregation.
“It will happen in the future inevitably that many innocent and useful and profitable contacts will be viewed with suspicion.
“People simply will be viewed with some suspicion, and certain things will simply not be done because of that.”
January 18, 1990 19.36 EST
By Sylvia Strojek
A Roman Catholic priest who admitted to indecently assaulting young boys over a 20-year period clutched his Bible Thursday as he was led away to start serving a four-year prison sentence.
Rev. Robert Whyte, 68, pleaded guilty in provincial court last week to 18 counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault.
Eleven of the charges resulted from incidents in Calgary while Whyte was a parish priest at St. Pius Catholic Church and a teacher at two high schools. The other offences took place in and near Radium, B.C.
Judge T. B. McMeekin said Whyte used the goodwill of parishioners and students to help him prey on young boys.
“It would certainly appear that he was well regarded . . . and in certain quarters a much-beloved priest,” McMeekin said of Whyte, whose eyes were fixed intently upon the judge. “But it is clear that he used this goodwill to assist him in preying on the victims. ”
The incidents — which occurred between 1962 and 1982 — involved boys between 11 and 17 who were altar boys, church members or Whyte’s students.
Whyte is a member of the order of Basilian Fathers. Evidence in court indicated the church was aware of Whyte’s problem but did not seek help other than to send him for treatment in Toronto for a five-month period in 1977.
Whyte’s conviction comes at a time when an inquiry has been investigating claims of physical and sexual abuse at the Mount Cashel orphanage in Newfoundland. Evidence shows some members of the Christian Brothers running the home made deals with police to suppress charges against several members of the Roman Catholic lay order in the 1970s.
Court heard last week that Whyte would befriend a boy’s family and at some point ask him on an overnight excursion to British Columbia or to sleep over at the rectory. He usually made sure the two slept in the same bed. He would then fondle the boy’s genitals.
McMeekin said Whyte’s age, his remorse and willingness to continue treatment for his pedophilia worked in his favor. The judge also said the fact Whyte pleaded guilty, sparing his victims the agony of testifying, was a mitigating factor.
But he added he could not ignore the number of charges, the breach of trust committed and the fact Whyte kept putting himself in situations where “he could succumb to his temptations.
“The case must be catergorized as a serious sexual assault,” McMeekin said.
Defence lawyer Noel O’Brien said he was disappointed the sentence did not include provisions for treatment.
“This problem is a problem that’s becoming very aware to the public, and I think it’s time now that we address forms of treatment,” said O’Brien. “This sentence does not deal with aspects of treatment. I find that somewhat unfortunate.”
O’Brien had asked for a light sentence and probation.
Rev. Jack Gallagher, Superior General of the Basilian Fathers, said the order will continue to support Whyte.
“We will provide him with all the help he needs to continue his success in recent years in controlling his addiction,” Gallagher told a news conference. “Robert Whyte continues to be a valued member of our religious community.”
Gallagher said the order has created a committee to come up with policies on handling indecent assault within the church.
Bishop Paul O’Byrne of the Calgary diocese has not been available for comment.
Priest charged with indecent assault
The Edmonton Journal
15 June 1989
CALGARY (CP) — Calgary police have charged a Roman Catholic priest with four counts of indecent assault.
The charges against Father Robert Joseph Whyte of Toronto were laid Wednesday morning.
The incidents were alleged to have taken place from 1962 to to 1982, when the 67-year-old priest worked in Calgary. They involve boys and girls from 10 to 15- years-old and were alleged to have happened at a Calgary church and a church school.
Calgary police investigators worked with RCMP in Nelson, B.C., who have charged the same priest with seven counts of indecent assault. Those charges arise from incidents alleged to have occured seven years ago near the southern British Columbia town of Radium.
Whyte appeared briefly in Nelson provincial court Tuesday. He was released on several conditions and is to enter a plea June 29.