Holy Saturday

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Holy Thursday.  Good Friday.  Now Holy Saturday.

Time to remember…

Christ betrayed by Judas, denied three times by Peter, scourged, crowned with thorns, ridiculed, mocked, crucified – for love of us.

One of my favorite reflections on Good Friday is the suffering which the Blessed Virgin Mary endured as she helplessly watched the suffering of her Son.

Stabat Mater

At the Cross her station keeping…

At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had pass’d.

Oh, how sad and sore distress’d
Was that Mother highly blest
Of the sole-begotten One!

Christ above in torment hangs;
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
Whelm’d in miseries so deep
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that Mother’s pain untold?

Bruis’d, derided, curs’d, defil’d,
She beheld her tender child
All with bloody scourges rent.

For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above;
Make my heart with thine accord.

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ our Lord.

Holy Mother! pierce me through;
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.

Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.

Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourn’d for me,
All the days that I may live.

By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins best,
Listen to my fond request
Let me share thy grief divine.

Let me, to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swoon’d
In His very blood away.

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die,
In His awful Judgment day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defence,
Be Thy cross my victory.

While my body here decays,
May my soul Thy goodness praise,
Safe in Paradise with Thee.

Amen.

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Deceased priest with multiple substantiated sex abuse allegations against him studied in Ottawa in early ’40s

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The dioceses across the United States are all publishing names of priests deemed to have been credibly accused.    Included on the list released by the The Diocese of Owensboro Kentucky is the name of  a Father Gilbert Henninger.   Henninger, born in 1907 and ordained in 1937, was a student in Ottawa from 1941 to 1943.

Where and what he was studying for those years is unknown.  It could have been Ottawa University, or St, Paul’s University?

Here is the information provided on the Owensboro website:

Henninger, Gilbert

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB: 12-18-1907

      Date of Ordination: 5-22-1937

      Date of Death:  3-5-1990

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      6/27/37 – 8/16/37: St. Peter, Stanley

      8/16/37-9/4/37:  St. Rose, Cloverport

      1937-38:  St. Francis de Sales, Paducah

      1938-39:  St. Paul, Owensboro and St. Joseph, Owensboro

      1939-41: Chaplain at St. Francis Academy, Owensboro

      1941-43: student in Ottawa, Canada

      1943-62: Chaplain to Ursulines at Mt. St. Joseph

      1962-82: St. Martin, Rome

    • Clerical State: deceased 1990
    • Allegation(s): Multiple allegations received after his death, but deemed substantiated.

Since there were multiple allegations against him then I think it is reasonable to beleive that chances are high  that he was molesting while he was in Ottawa.   I will therefore put his name on the list, but will link to this post rather than try to put together a page.  I unfortunately just do not have any further information about this priest and/or his time in Ottawa.

[Do you suppose that in the interest of transparency we’ll ever see the day that Canadian bishops publish the names of clergy convicted and/or credibly accused?]

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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CBC Radio One

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A quick heads up…

Tomorrow (Sunday, 14 April) CBC Radio One will air “How a sexual assault victim’s lawsuit set a precedent that alarmed the Catholic Church” .  The program will also be aired across the U.S. on SiriusXM

13 April 2019:  How a sexual assault victim’s lawsuit set a precedent that alarmed the Catholic Church

The program will air on the Sunday Edition, hosted by Michael Enright.  It’s a three-hour show which starts at 9 am ET.  The section dealing with Rod MacLeod, sexually abused by convicted serial  molester and now defrocked and deceased Basilian priest Hod Marshall will air in the first hour.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Information posted

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There are updated articles with a few more little bits of information regarding the Father Robert MacKenzie extradition:

09 April 2019:  Updated articles  “Sask. priest to be extradited to Scotland to face sexual and physical assault charges” & related article

Also posted is information for the process for extradition  from Canada.

I am getting some information together on what has been happening with this extradition process over the past few months.  There is a publication ban, but that covers names of complainants and evidence and so on.  I will post what I can regarding court.

*****

I was working at getting the the Helpline material posted.  This was prompted by the following article which for me brought to mind the the process:

07 April 2019:  St. Joseph’s Training School abuse: Why papal apology matters to survivor, 60 years later

So, I rounded up a lot of the information, both to re-post on The Inquiry, and to post here on Sylvia’s Site under “Settlements.”  There is a lot to do as far as explanation and organizing goes, but, it’s a start and it puts the information out there 🙁 .

I had thought Helpline this was the earliest example of Catholic-Church-related mediated and reconciliation settlements in Canada but noticed reference to one which preceded it in St. John’s.  I don’t recall that: will have to check.  For now:

Helpline ( Brothers of the Christian Schools in Alfred and Uxbridge Ontario)

Ben Hoffman and “Vision to Reconcile”

*****

This is quite a surprise:

10 April 2010:  Full text of Benedict XVI: ‘The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse’

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI addressing the sex abuse scandal in the Church.  I must say I agree wholeheartedly with most of what he has to say.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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What games is the archbishop playing?

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A statement by Regina’s Archbishop Donald Bolen regarding the pending (?) extradition of former Benedictine Scottish priest Father Robert MacKenzie is posted:

April 2019:  Archbishop Bolen letter re Father Robert MacKenzie

Note the following:

Two years ago we were informed that criminal proceedings were underway in Scotland against Fr. MacKenzie, then 84 years of age. At that time, in the spirit of our archdiocesan policy, Fr. MacKenzie was moved from the rectory where he had retired, to a retirement home where his movement and activities were further restricted. One year ago, as more revelations regarding the outstanding criminal sexual allegations pending against Fr. MacKenzie in Scotland were brought to our attention, his faculties to minister as a priest were suspended.

Strange!

Very strange.

The reality here is that the archdiocese knew of allegations against Father MacKenzie back in 2013, and, as a result, MacKenzie, who by that date was presumably retired, was  suspended. (A 2012 article indicates that MacKenzie was then completely retired but continued to ‘say’ Mass twice a week)

Good enough.  A suspect clerical molester was suspended.

But then, according to media reports, in January 2015 ,  for reasons unknown, the suspension was lifted!  What is particularly disturbing here is that, despite lifting the suspension, there were obviously still concerns that MacKenzie is, was or might be a molester.  Note specifically that, according to Archbishop Bolen,  at the time the suspension was lifted, “[Father MacKenzie] was asked never to be alone with children as a safeguard.”

Yes, a safeguard.

I wonder, did the children know? Were the children  gently advised that it would not be a good idea to ever ever be alone with Father MacKenzie?   What of parents and grandparents?  Were they ever told by the archbishop or anyone else that the archbishop felt the need for such “a safeguard”?

No matter, whether the faithful knew about the safeguard or not, after the suspension was lifted Father continued to live at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church rectory in Cupar, Sask.

The question here is:  Why did the archbishop lift the suspension of a priest who was a suspect molester?  What changed?

Now jump two years on to 2017.  That’s when Father MacKenzie’s name was very publicly  in the news in the news as a suspect molester:

04 April 2017:  Scottish police trying to extradite Saskatchewan priest over abuse claims: report

Note that at that time, Bolen said that Father MacKenzie denied the allegations, and that the allegations came from one individual alleging two instance of abuse in the early 80s, and note particularly that he stated  that as of November 2016  “the situation was unchanged in Scotland, that the Crown counsel was still contemplating moving towards criminal procedures.”

So, the situation in Scotland was unchanged.That must mean unchanged from 2013?  No?

Anyway, witness the folloing, it was at this time, 2017, that the archbishop decided to relocate Father MacKenzie  to a retirement home:

At that time, in the spirit of our archdiocesan policy, Fr. MacKenzie was moved from the rectory where he had retired, to a retirement home where his movement and activities were further restricted.

Ah yes, do you catch that?  Asking MacKenzie not to be alone with children was perhaps no longer suffice?  The archbishop mysteriously decided that Father MacKenzies “movements and activities” needed to be “further restricted.”

But, and this is important, as great as his concerns about MacKenzie’s “movement and activities” were, the archbishop was not concerned enough to ensure the priest could no longer function as a priest and, among other things,  ‘say’ Mass and hear confessions.

In other words, Father MacKenzie was not suspended.  He was relocated to restrict his “movements and activities.”  There was no apparent desire to restrict  him from functioning as a priest .

That was it, until last year:

One year ago, as more revelations regarding the outstanding criminal sexual allegations pending against Fr. MacKenzie in Scotland were brought to our attention, his faculties to minister as a priest were suspended.

What “more revelations”?    There were revelations in 2013 which were deemed serious enough to revoke his faculties.  Two years later (2015), that suspension was mysteriously lifted.  Three years later (2018) he was quietly suspended:  again!

What games is the archbishop  playing?

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Looks like he’s on his way back to Scotland

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It looks as though  Father Robert MacKenzie may soon and finally be on his way back to Scotland to face his accusers:

09 April 2019:  “Sask. priest to be extradited to Scotland to face sexual and physical assault charges” & related articles

I find I am both happy and sad.  Happy that this priest is finally returning to his native land to face his accusers, and sad that a priest in his 80s has managed to elude justice for all of these years.

I hope and pray the medical team is put together in short order and he will be on his way.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Reconciliation and compensation

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Two articles posted:

07 April 2019:  St. Joseph’s Training School abuse: Why papal apology matters to survivor, 60 years later

08/15 April 2019:   What Do the Church’s Victims Deserve?

Comments to come, specifically because the latter relates to New York Archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, and the former relates to Help Line and the reconciliation and compensation process set up to deal with victims of the Christian-Brothers -operated schools in Alfred, Uxbridge and St Joseph’s Training Schools in Ontario.  The group agreed to pursue settlements via mediation rather than via legal options.

A lot of information regarding the Help Line process was once posted on The Inquiry website, however, and unfortunately, that information has not at this time been re-posted.  I now need to search my files to find and post enough to give you an idea of the process.  I think it may well have been the first of its kind.. Hopefully I will be able to pick away at that tomorrow.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

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Perseverance

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I have been intending to post this news for while now…

On Ash Wednesday the Archbishop of Regina issued the following open letter:

05 March 2019:  Open letter to all those who have been wounded by the effects of clergy sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Regina

And much media coverage:

08 March 2019: “‘It’s not our shame to carry’: Victim of sexual abuse says Archdiocese of Regina on right path” & related articles

Well done Pamela Walsh!  You persevered.  You are now being heard, and  all those within the archdiocese who suffered at the hands of or because of clerical sexual predators will benefit from your perseverance. Stay strong.  Keep fighting the good fight.

Enough for now

Sylvia

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For the love of God

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So, on appeal the Archbishop of Guam was found guilty by a Vatican tribunal:

04 April 2019:  CDF upholds guilty verdict of Guam archbishop for abuse of minors” & related article

Tut. Tut. Bad boy!!

Exactly what kind of message is the Vatican sending here?

Here we have an Archbishop who molested children, was found guilty by a Vatican tribunal no less….and ‘they’ still believe he’s fit to be a priest?!!!!

What will it take?  What will it take for Church officials to decide that the very presence of clerical sexual predators in the priesthood is an insult to God, Church, all decent priests, the faithful and all who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priest victims?

Unconscionable.

I have said it before and will say it again, when I hear that every known clerical sexual predator will be defrocked/laicized I will believe that Church officials are serious about protecting children and ridding the Church of sexual predators.   If canon law does not currently allow for such action, then, for the love of God, change the code.

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Previous convicted serial molester Father Gilles Deslaurier had a court date in Alexandria, Ontario on Wednesday.  His next court date is:

 08 May 2019:  9 am, “to be spoken to,:  Alexandria courthouse ( 110 Main St N, Alexandria, Ontario)

Please keep the complainant and all victims of Father Gilles Deslaurier in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Which came first?

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Father Cecil Noronha had a court date in Espanola Ontario yesterday.  He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing.  I can find nothing in the media to confirm that that date proceeded.  Yes, there would be a publication ban on testimony and evidence, but if present the media could report that the hearing proceeded, and could report information regarding Noronha’s attire and general appearance, and could report on the number of people in the courtroom.

If anyone sees any coverage please post a link or let me know.

I did place a  call and learn that Father Noronha’s next court date is 14 June 2019, for a preliminary hearing.  This may well be a continuation of yesterday’s  preliminary hearing, or it could be that the hearing of yesterday was rescheduled to 14 June.  Whatever the case, his next court date is :

14 June 2019:  10 am, Preliminary Hearing,  Espanola Ontario courthouse (100 Tudhope St, 2nd Fl, Suite 3)

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

Two articles regarding the class action lawsuit commenced by a victim of recently convicted Father Brian Boucher have been posted:

03 April 2019:  “Man abused by priest launches class action suit against Montreal Catholic archdiocese” & related article

According to media reports, the class action is ” seeking compensation for anyone who may have been sexually assaulted by a Montreal Catholic priest or a church staff member since 1940.”   News of the lawsuit comes on the heels of an announcement that retired Judge Anne-Marie Trahan has been retained by the archdiocese to conduct an audit of the archdiocese’ files , and will eventually be setting up a website where she can be contacted by victims.

Which, I wonder came first?  was it the plans by the archdiocese to retain the former judge and eventually set up a website?  or, was it plans to launch a class action lawsuit? or, did decisions to proceed transpire simultaneously?  I suppose we may never know, but I am curious.

Also posted is an article regarding another Quebec class action lawsuit, this from last October regarding a class action  lawsuit filed in Quebec against the Viatorians:

18 October 2018:  Judge OKs another class action lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by priests at Clercs de St-Viateur

The Viatorians, you may recall,  operated the now defunct and scandal-plagued Cornwall Classical College in Cornwall, Ontario.  After closure of the college in the late 60s some Viatorian priests continued to serve  in the then Diocese of Alexandria (now Alexandria-Cornwall) .

Can victims who were sexually abused by a Viatorian priest at the Cornwall Classical College in Cornwall, Ontario participate in a class action lawsuit in Quebec?  I don’t know, but for some reason don’t think so.  Does anyone know with certainty?

Please keep all the victims of the Viatorian priests in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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