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.

*****

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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McGrory trial date changed

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An update on the pending sex abuse trial of previously convicted Ottawa ex-priest Barry McGrory.

McGrory, who was finally and thankfully defrocked last year, was convicted in 1991 and given a suspended sentence and three years probation for sexually assaulting  a 17-year-old boy.  That conviction came a few years after 1986 when McGrory, a ‘popular’ local priest, suddenly disappeared from Ottawa, never to return (at least not as a priest).

The current charges relate to McGrory’s years in Ottawa.  One set of charges ( gross indecency and indecent assault ) were withdrawn last year after the complainant died of cancer.  I am uncertain how many charges remain, but believe that there are two complainants.

The original trial date of 10 April ’19 has, as you will see, been changed.  So, mark your calendars, here are the pending courtdates:

10 – 12  April 2019:  10 am, Pre-trial motions, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

06-10 May 2019 (and 21-22 May if needed):  TRIAL

I have no idea what the pre-trial motions are about.  There may be issues regarding entering of certain evidence, and or calling of certain witnesses?  It could be any number of things, but seems to me that three days is a lot of time for pre-trial motions?   Anyway,  three days it is.  I urge those who can do so to attend. (A reminder that there are metal detectors  at the Ottawa courthouse and all who wish to enter are screened.   Prohibited items include ” knives and objects with sharp edges or points, flammable items, firearms and ammunition, plus other items including tweezers, nail clippers and alcohol. ” Click here for a  more complete list of prohibited items. )

Please keep the complainants and victims in your prayers,

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Disgusting

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Please take a few moments to read the extracts from the interview of Archbishop Adam Exner in relation to Rosemary Anderson’s  sex abuse allegations against  Father Lindo Molon and her lawsuit against the Diocese of Kamloops British Columbia.

Archbishop Exner Interview by on Scribd

I am unable to find a way to capture and post these pages so must rely on the Scribd link; that means that if that link goes dead then the pages are gone here too.  However, here they are for now.

Please read it.  It is disgusting.  Despite the fact that there were obliviously numerous “rumours” and reports regarding Father Molon’s predatory behaviour with female parishioners  the then Bishop Exner allowed this priest to continue serving the flock for months.  And then, Father Molon was simply recycled, eventually landing in the Kingston Archdiocese where he lives to this day.

Archbishop Exner referred to Molon as: a “playboy” ; a “freewheeler”; and  “promiscuous.” Exner said that Molon  was “taking advantage of quiet a few people” and that rumours began to circulate shortly after Father Molon’s arrival in the diocese.  The retired archbishop also said that when he asked Father Molon about the rumours Molon “shrugged his shoulders saying, I’m human.”

According to the archbishop Emeritus, Father Molon came close to leaving in the Spring of 1976 when “he was in rather serious trouble.”  But, Molon stayed on, and, yes, Exner allowed him to stay on.

Asked if he considered defrocking Molon Exner replied that he  :  “still wanted to leave the door open for possibility of rehabilitation.”   According to Exner, Molon was not cooperative.  To this day, Molon is still a priest.

Disgusting.

And here are two articles covering the latest news on the lawsuit:

07 March 2019:  “Woman sues Roman Catholic Diocese of Kamloops, alleging sexual abuse” & relates article

Please keep Rosemary Anderson in your prayers as she battles he way through the legal system. (There was a court date today with her lawyer filing an application to seeking order to search offices of the Archdiocese of Kamloops.  Read through the Exner interview and you’ll see and understand why there are concerns regarding missing files.)

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Puzzling

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Some puzzling news regarding ex (?) priest Paul Pornbacher

Strange indeed.

Paul Pornbacher was/is an Italian-born priest who immigrated to Canada 1971.  Date of ordination unknown.  He served in the Diocese of Nelson, British Columbia. It seems he was molesting little boys shortly after his arrival in the Nelson Diocese.

In 1994 Pornbacher entered a GUILTY plea to sex abuse of three boys.

According to one media report, Pornbacher left the priesthood in 1978.  Indeed, the word back in the 90s was that Pornbacher left the priesthood in 1978 and entered into a common-law relationship.  (According to a 25 June 1994 article in the Vancouver Sun “‘Vile and disgusting’ sex abuse brings ex-priest 18-month term,” Sun), B.C. Supreme Court Justice Raymond Cooper “said Pornbacher ceased to be a priest in 1978 and soon after entered into a common-law relationship with a woman, who has stood by him”)

Now there is news  that between 1986 and 1987 Pornbacher served as Pastor at  Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, Oliver, British Columbia.  The following screen shot is from “A Brief History of Christ the King Parish [adapted from 2003 compilation by former parishioner Elizabeth Minns]”  Christ the King Parish, Oliver BC wesbite

 

 

 

So, did or did not Pornbacher leave the priesthood in 1978?

Whatever the case, Pornbacher was living with “Eva” in 1978, and had been living with her prior to 1978, and despite reports that he left the priesthood he still, as we see above, served as priest for at least that one year in the mid ’80s ,   and, believe it or not,   continues to live with Eva to this day!   Of interest too is the fact that when Eva first appeared on the scene Pornbacher claimed that she was his niece from Poland who was studying to be a nun!

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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Don’t know whether to rejoice, or laugh, or cry

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Well, I honestly don’t know whether to rejoice, or laugh, or cry.  Perhaps a little of all three?

Let me explain…

When I heard news of Pope Francis new legislation for protection of minors I set to work to try to find out what it is  all about.

I  tried to find the actual documents themselves, but they are apparently not yet officially published, so, the next best thing was to find and post all reference to the news and supporting documents  on the Vatican website.    I posted the following, which includes two news article announcing the news:

 29 March 2019:  Pope Francis issues new legislation for protection of minors” & related articles and audio

I need to digest this. As I say, I don’t know whether to rejoice, laugh or cry.   I will leave it at that, at least for now.

Sylvia

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Difficult to keep up

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It’s getting difficult to keep up with the news these days.  That’s good in that victims are speaking out and  the coverups and wolves in sheeps clothing are  being exposed, but, it keeps me hopping 🙂

Anyway, as promised, in no particular order, some information which has been posted over the last number of days.  There is more, but I want to get this posted and will then move on to the rest:

1. Father Brian Boucher

Father Boucher has been sentenced to 8 years in jail:

Congratulations to the two victims who found the courage to speak up and see this through to completion.  Please keep them in your prayers.

25 March 2019:  “Montreal priest sentenced to 8 years for sexually abusing 2 underage boys” & related articles

Now, the sequel.

News that the Archdiocese of Montreal will be conducting an in-depth investigation to determine the numbers of priests and victims/survivors  since 1960

27 March 2019:  “Pedophile priests: Truth-operation at the Archbishopric of Montreal” & original French text

27 March 2019:  Quebec Catholic dioceses tap ex-judge to investigate alleged cases of sexual abuse

As I said elsewhere, I see no indication that the names of the clergy found to have been credibly accuses or convicted will be posted on the archdiocesan website or otherwise made available to the Catholic faithful.  That concerns me. Will the end result be a report with numbers devoid of identities?

And how strange  not include stats on the countless religious priests and brothers who served in the archdiocese?  Is that fear that doing so may open the door to lawsuits against the archdiocese?

Of equal concern for me is the fact that the retired judge, Anne-Marie Trahan, will be setting up a website where, according to google translation of the LaPresse article “victims can come forward.”

And  now BC has posted a comment advising that Trahan is a board member of the Dominican Order’s Fondation du Collège universitaire dominicain whose job it is to fund-raise for the Dominicans.

It doesn’t look too good.  She may be the most unbiased retired judge in the world, but, in truth, it just doen’s look good.

Time will tell.

 2. Father Cecil Noronha

Father Cecil Noronha, born and raised in India, has been in Canada since around the mid ’90s.  A former Salesian (Salesians of Don Bosco) he has been serving in the Diocese of Sault Ste Marie Ontario since 2014.

(I have put together what information I can find.  If anyone has additional information to fill in gaps please send it along.  I am also looking for a picture. )

On 29 June 2018 Father Noronha was charged with: Sexual Assault on a Person Under Sixteen Years of Age, contrary to section 271; Sexual Interference, contrary to section 151; and with Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a).

His next court date is:

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

At the preliminary hearing the Crown will present what he/she believes is sufficient evidence  for the judge to determine that there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.  It is like a mini trial.

Preliminary hearings are open to the public, however, there is invariably a publication ban on all evidence and testimony.  The media can attend, but will not be able to report anything regarding the allegations .

As I say, the public can attend.  I encourage those who can travel to Espanola for the Preliminary Hearing to do so.

 3. Father Lloyd Lugtu

Well well well.  I read Father Lugtu’s LinkedIn profile a while back.

What a shocker!

You may recall that Fathers Lloyd Lugtu and Richard Salasp,  both Philippine priests who landed in the Diocese of Grand Falls Newfoundland, were, after an RCMP investigation,  suspended by the Diocese of Grand Falls.  There was talk that there was something of a sexual nature involved.

Charges were not laid.  Both priests disappeared.  No explanation was given for the suspensions.  Parishioners were left in the dark

Well, we certainly know where Father Lugty is now.  Just take a look at Father Lugtu’s LinkedIn profile:

Father Lloyd Lugtu profile cv on Linked in

Lugtu is presumably working both as a “Customer Service Representative” at Cash4You in North York, Ontario and at Loblaws “sorting out products to be displayed on the shelves, stocking up and facing up the products so that customers would not only find it easy to locate the merchandise that they need but would find it well-organized.”

Note too that he brazenly throws in the time he spent as a “Parish Administrator” in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Chaplain in the Philippines, and Professor at a seminary in in the Philippines.

And now he’s stoking shelves at Loblaws.

Pathetic!

Also posted is the following 17 November 2017 letter from the Bishop of Tarlac:

Note that at that time Father Lugtu had not been defrocked/laicized.

Some obvious questions:

 a. Why pray tell is Father Lugtu stacking shelves in Loblaws?

 b. Why pray tell was Father Lugtu suspended?

 c. What secrets is the Diocese of Grand Falls hiding?

 d. Where oh where is the transparency?

A final note here.  Father Salas has totally disappeared.  He may well be back in the Philippines.  I have no idea where he is.

 4.  Father Thomas Rosica csb

And the latest on Basilian plagiarist Father Thomas Rosica:

28 March 2019:  “Fr. Rosica takes ‘sabbatical’ from Salt + Light after being exposed as serial plagiarist” & related articles

A “lengthy” sabbatical.  How long, I wonder, is “lengthy”?

Despite knowledge that their Basilian CEO is a self-confessed plagiarist, the board

supports Fr. Thomas Rosica. We are grateful for the passion and dedication he brings to his work and the vital role he has in leading people to Christ and helping them to find greater meaning for their lives. We support his decision to take a sabbatical of several months for rest and renewal.

What can I say?

 5. Hod Marshall

There is a documentary  on ex priest and convicted serial Basilian molester Hod Marshall

22 March 2019:  “Survivors of pedophile priest who served in Sudbury subject of documentary” & related article

I and I am sure many others look forward to seeing it.  Hats off to all of you who made it possible.

 6. Deacon Peter McBride

The Cornwall deacon was suspended after receiving news that Deacon McBride was caught  in a sting:

01 March 2019:  “Alexandria Cornwall Diocese SUSPENDS Deacon PETER McBRIDE after Vero Beach Prostitution & Human Trafficking STING ” & related articles

He winters in Florida.

Those familiar with the Cornwall scandal, cover-up and inquiry may recall that Florida was a popular destination for many of Cornwall clergy.

 7. Father Gilles Deslaurier

And speaking of Cornwall, one of Cornwall’s notorious clerical sexual predators is back in the news.

18 March 2019:  Former priest accused of indecent assault” with original French text (

Father Deslaurier has had several bishops cover-up on his behalf, both before and after he was finally charged and convicted  A dear friend of Bishop Adolphe Proulx  Deslaurier arrived in the then Diocese of Alexandria as a layman and serving as the bishop’s Master of Ceremonies.

The new charges date to 1976 in Green Valley, Ontario.

Father Deslaurier’s next court date is:

03 April 2019:  Alexandria courthouse (110 Main St. North, Alexandria, Ontario)

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.  I donlt know if he will have to appear at this court date, but if anyone is withing easy driving distance of the courthouse I encourage you to attend.

 8. Father Alphonse Robert/Father Bernard Robert

Amazing.  In 2017, after a trial by jury,  the Toronto Archdiocese appealed the $550,000 award to victim Bob McCabe.  Two years and who knows how many diocesan legal fees $$$$$s later the Ontario court of Appeal upheld the majority of original award, the exception being rejection of a $15,000 award for punitive damages:

21 March 2019:  “Former altar boy assaulted by priest demands archdiocese open its records” & related articles

By way of interest note the reference to Father Brian Clough (“Father (Brian) Clough said we’re really sorry, it should never have happened, but then they appeal it?’).  In 2010 Father Clough was on the Basilian Review Board, an advisory group to the Superior General of the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers).  The boards mission was according to the Basilian website “to assist the Congregation of St. Basil in ensuring the safety of children and vulnerable persons in their contact with members of the Congregation of St. Basil.”   Clough was Rector at St Augustine’s Seminary in the early ’80s during what was called ‘the purge  during which 14 professors were fired’: he was given the boot by Cardinal Cardinal Carter , headed off to the States where he earned a degree in Canon Law, returned to Toronto  where he rose to the rank of Judicial Vicar of the Toronto Regional Tribunal.

For those interested in the ruling, here it is:

2019:  Court of Appeal McCabe v Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp for the Diocese of Toronto in Canada 2019

 

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Blog coming

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I am finally getting  together a blog referencing a number of articles which were posted over the last number of days.  All being well it should be posted on or by tomorrow.

Enough for now.

Sylvia

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The crumbs which fall under the table

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As you probably now know, Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to 6 years in jail .  He will be eligible for parole in 3 years and 8 months.

Yesterday I watched the judge deliver his reasons for sentence.  Some of his comments disturbed me, not as they related to Pell in particular, but more as they relate to comments made by various judges regarding clerical sexual molesters in general.  Some of it sounded so sadly and distressingly familiar.

I set out to find the transcript of the judge’s statement.

Finally, success:

13 March 2019:  “Reasons for Sentence” (Cardinal Pell conviction)

(Click here for pdf file : Sentencing DPP v Pell (sentence) [2019] VCC 260 (13 March 2019))

So,I read through the comments.  Yes, all too familiar.

I will make a few comments, but first I must make clear to those of you who are emailing me that at this moment in time Cardinal George Pell is a convicted clerical molester.  A jury found him guilty.  He is currently serving time in jail.

Yes, he is appealing his sentence, but that does not for a moment negate the fact that he has been convicted, does it?

Before making a few comments on the judge’s reasons for sentence I would like those who those who defend the Cardinal to the hilt to take a look at the the case of Father Michael Mullins, an Ottawa, Ontario priest who was acquitted in 1990 on charges of sexual assault of a teenage boy.

Mullins, an Irish-born priest, was viewed  by many Roman Catholics in the Ottawa Archdiocese as a pillar of orthodoxy.

When charges were laid against Mullins the victim was ridiculed, vilified and denigrated beyond measure.  Word spread that the complainant was lying through his teeth, and that poor dear Father Mullins was suffering like Christ on the Cross.

I am serious.

Unfortunately at that time in my life attending trials of clergy accused of sexual abuse or assault was not on my radar.  But I do remember the talk and media coverage.  And I remember well the rejoicing that Father Mullins was vindicated, and the sneers about the skateboarder, and who could ever believe a skateboarder.

In shot order Father Mullins was off to Ireland for a little R & R.  And in equally short order Father Mullins was in jail –  in Ireland – for beating the living daylights out of a young lad who rebuffed his sexual advances.  He was sentenced to 8 years.

Several years later I was contacted by Scott, the skateboarder.  We spoke at length. I asked if he would agree to let me write an article.   He did.

The article is short, but hopefully it gives a little bit of an idea of the agony Scott went through, what the private investigators did to him,  and the apology he eventually received from the judge who ridiculed him while acquitting his molester.

Here is what I wrote in 2011:

The Skateboarder

I have had several conversations with Scott over the years.  Keep him in your prayers.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a few years ago.  His wife died fairly recently.  Life has not been ‘kind’ to him.  Sadly, those who circled the wagons to protect Father Michael Mullins were particularly unkind, particular many of the  ‘good’ faithful Catholics who swore by Father Mullins’ innocence while literally  spitting in the face of the skateboarder .

My point here is that I have learned over the years that the debauchery which accompanies child sexual abuse does not restrict itself itself to those clergy who are deemed to be ‘liberal’ or heterodox.

Finally, before getting on to the Reasons for Sentence, a reminder of a comment I posted a few days ago about a woman who contacted me a few years ago .  Her parish priest had been charged.  She became part of very active and vocal group of Roman Catholics  defending “Father”:  they picketed, they talked to the media, and they denigrated the victim.  Later this Mom learned to her great horror that the “good”  Father whom she had so vocally defended had been sexually abusing her own son.  Her grief knew no bounds, exacerbated in no small part by the fact that she had been party to actively and publicly defending “Father” by equally actively and publicly denigrating a victim.

Sadly, things are not always what they seem.  A wolf in sheep’s clothing is just that:  a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

As it stand at this point in time, Cardinal Pell has been convicted.  Yes, he is going to appeal.  Whether the appeal will or will not be heard remains to be seen.  For now, he is jail, and he in in jail because he was convicted.

So, on that note,  here are a few extracts from the judge’s reasons for sentence which bothered me when I heard them yesterday.  I have added a few comments.

All I can say is that it’s lucky for the clerical molesters of the world that I am not a judge

 Extracts with comments

17.  I must at law give full effect to the jury’s verdict. It is not for me to second guess the verdict. What this means is that I am required to accept, and act upon, J’s account. That is what the law requires of me and that is what I will do.

46.  I am mindful of the authorities which recognise that sexual activity with children is presumed to cause longterm and serious harm, both physical and psychological to the child.

“Presumed”?

“Sexual activity with children”?

First, perhaps a misunderstanding on my part, but I believe it is a given that the sexual abuse of children causes “longterm and serious” harm to the molested children,  “both physical and psychological”.  I would add that when the abuse of a Roman Catholic child transpires at the hand of a Roman Catholic priest the longterm ‘harm” includes spiritual harm.

Now, back to these words:  “sexual activity with children.”

What is the judge talking about here?  Is he actually talking about an adult  sexually abusing/molesting a child?  If that’s the case, why does he not say so?

63.  In relation to charge 1, which is the indecent act against R has,in my view,a nasty element to it -holding him by the head, whilst placing your penis in close proximity to R’s head. While there was no sexual physical contact, the conduct here must have been particularly confronting and debasing. Judging by R’s reaction,it clearly was so.

Note:  “While there was no sexual physical contact, the conduct here must have been particularly confronting and debasing. Judging by R’s reaction,it clearly was so.”

Really?   “the conduct here must have been particularly confronting and debasing.”

“Must have been”?  Of course it was.   We don’t  need to judge R’s reaction to know that a 13-year-old Catholic boy would be mortified to have his head was pushed down alongside  the penis of a bishop or priest,  – and in fact pushed down there by the offending priest or bishop.

105:  You maintain your innocence in relation to this offending,which is your right, but as consequence there is no evidence of your remorse or contrition for me to act upon to reduce your sentence

111.  Evidence of an offender’s otherwise good character is a factor that the sentencing judge is bound to consider.

113.  Since this offending, you have not committed other offences.

115.  In addition to not having any prior convictions, I am satisfied that the evidence before me is that you are someone who has been, in the last 22 years since the offending,  of otherwise good character.

So, there is no evidence or remorse.  There is no remorse from a Cardinal who as been convicted of sexually abusing two young boys twenty odd years ago.  None.  But then it’s on and on about Cardinal Pell’s “good character.”   Is it not a bit of an oxymoron to claim good character for a convicted molester who shows no sign of remorse?

Further to that, in this instance, how pray tell does the judge know that Cardinal Pell has not committed other offences?  How, for example, does he know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Cardinal Pell has not sexually violated other young boys in Australia, and or Rome, and or other countries?  Would it not therefore be more accuarte and truthful   to say something along the lines of:  “since this offending,  there are no further offences known to have been committed by you?”

117.  I make substantial allowance for your good character and otherwise blameless life

Otherwise blameless life?!!!

Meaning?

122.  …Facing jail at your age, in these circumstances, must be an awful state of affairs for you.

I am sure it is.  It’s an awful state of affairs for every clerical sexual predator who is caught and then convicted in a court of law

129.  The lapse of time since of the commission of offences of this kind is, however, not unusual.  It is often the case with offending such as yours that the victims do not come forward for many years after the offending.

That is very true.  In fact, as the judge no doubt knows,  it is more the norm that victims of clerical sexual abuse do not come forward for decades after the abuse.

130.  That said, the delay in this case does have some consequences.As I have already observed you fall now to be sentenced to a not insubstantial term of imprisonment as a 77 year old man and I have already touched on what follows from this.

131.  But the delay also means that you have been able to demonstrate the capacity to lead an otherwise blameless life in the 22 years since this offending, which, as I said I will,I take into account has I said I will.

Too too much!

It seems to me that the fact that any clerical sexual predator who reaches the age of 77 before answering for his perversion, sins and crimes has proven how very adept he is at both deceiving the faithful and living a lie.

134.  The prosecution has submitted that, as you have shown no remorse or insight into your offending, there remains no explanation for your offending and the underlying causes cannot be addressed. The prosecution contends,therefore,that there remains a risk of re-offending, albeit a limited one.

135. I do not accept that submission

There are cases of clerical sexual predators offending in their 80s.    I know there are some on Sylvia’s Site.  I am not about to look them up right now, but, they exist.

136.  The lengthy period without offending since these matters supports my conclusion that you have effectively reformed.

There he goes again!  Please give us proof Your Honour that in the past 22 years Cardinal Pell has not laid a wayward hand on a single child in Australia, Rome, the Vatican, Italy or anywhere else.

143.  It was also submitted that you have had to endure the stress of having to plan and work with your defence team on rebutting many charges that did not ultimately proceed to trial, and that you have lived under that additional stress for a number of years.

144.  It was also submitted that you have had to endure protests and verbal abuse whenever you were seen arriving or departing from court, at least during your preliminary court appearances; and that you have been publicly pilloried, both in the media, and through the publication of a particular book. 

Is this not going a little over the ‘poor convicted molester’ edge?

201.  The prosecution made an application to obtain a forensic sample from you.   You counsel indicated that you consented to this forensic sample order being made. I therefore grant the prosecution application.

202.  I direct that you undergo a forensic procedure for the taking of an intimate sample. I am further required to tell you that police officers may use reasonable force to enable the procedure to be conducted to obtain a sample from you.

What can I say?  The Cardinal presumably agreed.  It may be a terribly silly question, but   I can not conceive how an “intimate sample” can be obtained by police officers by use of “reasonable force.”  (Please don’t tell me.  I really don’t want to know)

218.  In your case this complexity is exemplified by the fact that on the one hand I must punish and denounce you for this appalling offending; yet, on the other hand, I am conscious of the heavy reality that I am about to sentence you, a man of advanced years, who has led an otherwise blameless life, …

And there he goes again “an otherwise blameless life”

Conclusion

Yes, a Cardinal convicted by jury is going to jail for six years.  In fact, Cardinal Pell is behind bars right now.  He has started serving his sentence.

Six years.  I truly don’t believe six years is suffice, but then again, I also believe that the sexual violation of a child is one of the most heinous crimes on the face of the earth.  Six years doesn’t come close.  But, six years is, I suppose, better than one year?

That’s where we’re at until such time as  parliamentarians and the judiciary decide to treat child sexual abuse as a heinous act of such magnitude that the safety, protection and well-being of children comes before stroking an trying to soothe the ruffled feathers of molesters.

Things are changing.  Slowly in Canada.  But, they are changing.  We must for now accept the crumbs which fall under the table

And that’s where we’re at until such time as Church officials start thinking more in terms of millstones, souls and salvation rather than dollars and cents, and start talking more to God than they do to their lawyers,  and get busy purging the priesthood of every single priest who is a known molester.

A final note.  I firmly believe that those who file false sex abuse charges should be charged.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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Pell sentencing

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Yes, I’m back.  We barely set foot in our house and we were down with that miserable flu.  Sheer misery for a few days 🙁

First, for those who ask, our grandson is doing well.  He is now allowed to go out without a mask, but must still wear a mask when in large groups.   That is a huge step.  There are still hurdles to navigate, but things are looking good.  Thnak you for all your prayers.  Please keep praying.

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As you have probably noticed, there have been serious problems with the website over the past few weeks. It started with the attack on the site, and had continued intermittently since.  A headache for all.

The website is now in the process of being transferred to a new server.  Actually on a new server now, but there are a number of things which must be updated to ensure that everything functions correctly.  All should be in order by this time tomorrow.   Hopefully that will be the end of the problems.

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The sentencing of convicted molester Cardinal George Pell will be live-streamed.  His sentencing is scheduled for 10 am tomorrow (Wednesday) in Melbourne, Australia.  With the time change, I believe that means his sentencing is at or arond 7 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  So, here in the area of Ottawa , Ontario we can view the sentencing at 7 pm.

As far as I can tell the cameras will pointed at the judge and at the judge only:  no others persons in the courtroom will be filmed.

At this time I am unable to find a direct link but can direct you to the Melbourne newspaper  The  Age which is scheduled to broadcast the coverage.  Reuters TV is also supposed to live-streaming the sentencing.

If I find a more precise link as we get closer to court time I will pass it along.  If any of you find a good link please pass it along.

A reminder too that Pell is appealing his conviction.

Finally, the following article written by the father of one of Pell’s victims ‘The Choirboy” is posted.

12 March 2019:  ‘I want him to rot in jail’: Pell victim’s father speaks on eve of sentencing 

Plesae keep the victims and their families in your prayers

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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