You go, Sylvia. Let ‘er rip. Because those who reside in the BIG closets in the Church won’t.
…I am surprised Father that you are not seeking clarification from Archbishop Prendergast who revoked your faculties. As a layman I am equally surprised and alarmed to learn that, in spite of your sex abuse conviction, you have had faculties in the Diocese of Peterborough for nine years “since returning to ministry.” Perhaps Father you do not understand that the large majority of the countless victims of clerical sex abuse and their families will not return to the fold as long as bishops continue to permit known clerical molesters such as yourself to administer the Sacraments? Perhaps you do not understand the concerns which parents rightfully have regarding the safety and well-being of their children? I and countless other Roman Catholics around the world believe that we the laity have a right to an assurance that the priest in the sanctuary, or at the hospital or wherever he may be is NOT a known molester. We are tired of the deception Father. We are tired of the recycling. We are tired of bishops and Church officials who give known sex offenders ‘another chance’ and thereby wilfully place children at risk.
I pray for the day, Father, that our suffering Church is purged of all known clerical molesters. I pray for the day victims and their families can allow themselves to have faith in their Church and clergy. I pray for the day our judiciary and government view and treat the sexual abuse of a child as the abhorrent crime that it is.
I pray for you Father. It’s not easy, but I pray for all of our clergy who have violated the innocence of our children and, in so doing, raped the souls of those children and invariably ‘robbed’ them of their faith. I hope Father that you pray daily for your victims, and for all the victims of clerical sexual abuse whose souls have been raped. I often tell people that I think priests who molest children should spend the rest of their days in sack cloth and ashes. I believe that.
The problem is when you play fast and loose on sexual morality, what goes around eventualy comes around. This time Ed ends up at St. Joe’s.
Like…who knew? That’s a shocker, eh?
I’m really surprised at the risk the Archdiocese of Ottawa is taking on here. If Ed abuses again, everyone in authority at the Archdiocese might be possibly subject to a criminal probe. They know. We all know. And so will the Judge at trial.
I’m not sure who is advising + Prendergast, but it’s gotta be really crappy legal advice. I’m not talking about the monopoly money of canon law. I’m taking the real dough of civil law and slammer time.
Yes, it’s true that the Oblates own that property on which the parish sits, but the Archdiocese can disassociate itself from that parish and tell everyone why, thereby providing a clear break.
Rolz da dice. ‘Takes your chances.
Let’s hope that Ed can control himself…for the sake of the children and the sake of the Archdiocese.