Rev. Ed Cachia, a former Catholic priest who was chastised and eventually excommunicated for speaking out in favour of the ordination of women, has found a new job and a new calling at Ste. Anne’s Country Inn and Spa. This spring he joined the spa’s customer care team, becoming the unofficial Chaplain of Ste. Anne’s. He greets guests upon their arrival at the spa, and is always available “to offer a listening ear, a listening heart.”Formerly the parish priest of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cobourg, Rev. Ed wrote a controversial newspaper article in 2005, but had been speaking out about women’s ordination since 1998. “My purpose was not to create division, but to make people think and reflect, and to encourage dialogue about women priests, celibacy, same-sex marriage, and contraception.” He initially felt angry and upset about the controversy, but eventually accepted his situation and found peace.Adding Rev. Ed to the customer care team reflects the spa’s emphasis on the spiritual aspects of life. Like offering good, wholesome food and using environmentally friendly spa products, introducing a non-denominational Chaplain is just one more way of furthering the spa’s commitment to “fitness for the soul.” As Ste. Anne’s owner Jim Corcoran notes, “you have to take care of the soul before the body; only then can you take care of those around you.” Not only will having an informal Chaplain enhance the spa’s spirituality, but since some 80% of spa-goers are women, Rev. Ed, who sacrificed everything to speak out in favour of women, is a perfect fit. Whether guests at the spa are at a difficult crossroads in life or just wanting some friendly company, Rev. Ed will generously offer them his warmth and compassion. (Source)
As Socon or Bust readers know, Mr. Corcoran is the gentlemen who is seeking to usurp his own bishop’s authority by appealing to the Supreme Religious Authority of Ontario (the Ontario Human Rights Commission). Despite his protestations of being unfairly singled out even though (he claims) he is chaste, Mr. Corcoran still likes to associate with and reward excommunicated priests.
The chances of him winning anything are nil since the Ontario Human Rights Commission does not have any jurisdiction over voluntary associations like the Catholic Church. It is concerned with employment and housing “rights”. For there even to be a hearing, Mr. Corcoran would have to be employed by the Diocese of Peterborough which he is not. If Mr. Corcoran was a deacon or a priest who was paid, THEN there would be an issue. As it stands now, however, the inquisition will have to be deferred to the Mullahs of another Kangaroo Kourt like the CHRC, and its she-priest, Jennifer Lynch.