Homelessness, The Stain Of Salvation!

So this is as good as it gets for our homeless on the Mornington Peninsula? The Mornington Peninsula Leader Newspaper revealed that the Salvation Army had referred the homeless to the Rosebud Foreshore including a mother and her three children who had resided there for seven weeks in a tent. Australian of the year, Lieutenant General, David Morrison was once quoted as saying “The Standard You Walk By Is The Standard That You Accept” and he should know. The reign of Sexual Misconduct that festered under the Command of David Morrison and the ADF’s treatment of former defense personnel who find themselves homeless and destitute is downright unconscionable. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/south-east/residents-react-with-sadness-and-anger-over-reports-that-homeless-people-are-being-placed-in-tents-at-rosebud-foreshore/news-story/00cad69b6cdab1823da7f6f4cefede9d

 

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Then we have the Commander of the Salvation Army, Brendan Nottle, what of his standards? The recent revelation that the Salvation Army are supplying the homeless with tents and primus gas stoves, then referring them to the Rosebud Foreshore Camping Grounds, defy’s belief! I rang a friend of mine who has had many dealings with the homeless and those suffering from Mental Health ailments, Mr Andrew Klein and we decided we would both go down to Rosebud and have a look first hand. On Thursday 27th April Andrew and i ventured down to Rosebud and found the camping grounds empty, bar one or two caravans still packing to leave the site as it shuts down on the 30th April. We noticed a blue tarp popping out of some bushes and on further investigation we came across a tent, surrounded by shrubs with a Blue Tarp covering the roof for extra protection. IMG_0832

I approached the tent and called out if there was anybody inside and was greeted by a lady and her partner who introduced themselves as Deb and Rod, (names changed to protect). Deb told Andrew and i that she had been referred to the Rosebud Foreshore by PYFS, Peninsula Youth Family Services, a service provided by the Salvation Army! Deb went on to tell us that she is a former State Ward and had fallen into homeless after being discharged from her wardship at age 18. Thrown onto the street by the government, just as thousands of other State Wards were, and left to fend for herself. Deb and Rod also stated that PYFS had told them that they would be able to camp there for no fee as camping ground was closing over winter. Once they arrived they learnt that they would have to pay $110 a week if they wanted a powered site and given it was 10 degrees outside, Deb and Rod had no choice other than pay for a powered site for heating etc,etc. Thats two thirds of Deb’s newstart allowance, leaving very little for food, prescriptions etc. Rod tells us that because of his drug addiction, (currently on methadone) he cannot receive newstart allowance as he is unfit for work but not unfit enough to receive disability or sickness allowance. The couple go on to tell us that they are freezing cold at night and are constantly killing spiders and other bugs. I told Deb i would return the next day, 28th, with a heater that would be safe for them to use in tent. I rang Deb on the 28th to let her know i was on my way and was told that she had already gone out and brought one for $15 to which i replied “How are you for food”? Deb answered she was fine and did’nt need any help and she also stated she has trouble asking anyone for help. I could’nt help but think that someone had a word to her regarding her stay on foreshore. I wonder how much, if any, money has changed hands between the Rosebud Shire Council and the Salvation Army? Are we seeing another Camp Pell being erected at Rosebud? The Salvation Army are gifted millions and millions by our government and bequeths yet the best that Brendan Nottle can come up with, “The Standard That He Accepts” is a tent and three hail mary’s! Thank God For The Salvo’s!  

Let me tell you a story about a most vile regime
who wield a “Red Shield” like a well oiled machine
dressed in black uniform all pressed and preened
lie’s a most sinister evil a most vile regime

“Thank God For The Salvo’s”and the trust they betrayed
“Thank God For The Salvo’s”and their paedophyllic way’s
“Thank God For The Salvo’s” for the scar’s on display
“Thank God For The Salvo’s” you may need them one day

Now Forgotten Australian’s throughout the nation the State wards,The Stolen and Child Migration know all too well of their deprivation
“Thank God For The Salvo’s” and the stain of salvation.

 

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Sir Gustav Nossal, The Nazi In The Dorms!

He was born four weeks prematurely in Bad Ischl while his mother was on holiday. His family left their home town of Vienna for Australia in 1939 following Nazi Germany‘s annexation of Austria. As his father’s grandparents were Jewish, he was also considered Jewish and at risk of being sent to concentration camps. In an interview with Adam Spencer, Nossal noted that his father was not a professing Jew but of Jewish ethnicity as he had been baptised a Roman Catholic as a child. Nossal remarked that his father “therefore thought that he would be somewhat protected from the Holocaust-type situations. Of course, he hadn’t properly read Mein Kampf. It was all spelt out there: if your four grandparents were Jewish, then you were Jewish.”[1] He was baptised and remains a practising Roman Catholic.[2]

When he first attended school in Australia, Nossal spoke no English[3] but he graduated from St Aloysius’ College in 1947[4] as the dux of the College.[5] In 1948, he entered the Sydney Medical School, graduating later with first-class honours. At the age of 26, he left his job in Sydney and moved to Melbourne to work with Macfarlane Burnet in medical science at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and gained his Ph.D. degree in 1960. Gustav would go on to be director of Walter and Eliza Hall from 1965 until his retirement in 1996.During those years Nossal oversaw an Experimental Vaccine Program whereby babies from various religeous run Orphanages were used as guinea pigs for “Herpes” and Polio Vaccines. Infact the same pharmaceutical company involved, GSK, injected babies in England with AIDS! In 1997 The Age Newspaper ran a front page apology by CSIRO, CSL and Walter and Eliza Hall stating that they did infact use these children as Guinea Pigs and the children were supplied by Berry St, St Josephs Babies Home Broadmeadows and other childrens homes. Sir Gustav Nossal is number 1 Patron of Berry st? To this day he gets to sit and watch over his PRIDE of Guinea Pigs whilst all along collecting data on his subjects along the way. There were an estimated 3 million vials of Polio Vaccines contaminated with the SV40 Monkey Virus that the Government swear were never used but this author thinks otherwise. In the early 70’s my brother and i were in Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital. My symptoms were, Swallen Upper and Lower Lips with skin peeling upwards toward nose and downward toward my chin. I was in excruciating pain and recall the doctor telling me i had an allergic reaction to Vitamin C, Citrus? Why my brother was there i do not recall but when i requested my files through FOI i was informed by Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital that they have no record of me or my brother ever being there? I remember it like it was yesterday and as i say it was the only time we had been in hospital together.My brother had what they thought was Polio and he died aged 39 from Lung Cancer. Lung Cancer is also one of the side effects for having taken the contaminated Polio Vaccine. The News article also made mention of children from Broadmeadows Babies Home were used as part of these trials also so i thought i would do a little investigating myself and what i found was nothing short of HORRIFYING! 491 babies lay in unmarked graves out at Broadmeadows, Wil wil Rook Cemetary. How many of these babies were used for experiments we may never know but given the church often buried children in mass graves, two to four a grave, the true numbers will never be known. They wont even tell us if in fact we were used, nor will they tell anyone they know who’s on the list if they’re on the list. CLAN C.E.O has the list of names of those still alive who were used but she aint saying nothing either! So whilst the likes of Leonie Seedy, CLAN and Goosestepping Nazi sympathiser Sir Gustav Nossal, play god with our health, former state wards and forgotten australians are dying from cancer related illnesses at very young ages, 39 in my brothers case. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/10/24/1098556293576.html

Polio vaccine tested at orphanages

By Gary Hughes
October 25, 2004

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Vaccine is prepared in 1956.Vaccine is prepared in 1956.
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A Federal Government agency used babies in Victorian orphanages and children’s homes to test a new quadruple antigen vaccination, which included polio vaccine possibly contaminated with a monkey virus since linked to cancer.

Commonwealth Serum Laboratory records show the trials were conducted on babies as young as three months in five institutions between December 1959 and early 1961.

Quadruple antigen, containing Salk polio vaccine, was not publicly released until November 1960.

The Age revealed on Saturday that millions of doses of Salk vaccine produced by the then government-owned CSL between 1956-62 were contaminated with a monkey virus called SV40. Researchers have found traces of the virus in a range of human cancer cells, including mesothelioma lung disease.

It is not clear from the CSL records whether polio vaccine used to produce quadruple antigen used in the tests came from contaminated batches.

Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott has ordered a departmental inquiry into CSL’s decision to release contaminated vaccines.

The National Health and Medical Research Council said it would work with federal health authorities to assess the need for more research into possible links between SV40 and cancer.

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Health authorities have stressed there was no proven link between SV40 and cancer and have also reassured the public that polio vaccines still routinely given to all babies were safe and free from the virus and other known contaminants.

But a national support group for victims of contaminated medical products yesterday called for a royal commission into CSL.

“The track record of CSL demonstrates the need for a royal commission into all their operations,” said Independent Blood Council president Charles MacKenzie.

CSL research records in the National Archives show that 56 babies under the age of 12 months were used in the Victorian vaccine trials.

One baby died of meningitis in August 1960, less than three months after completing a course of three quadruple antigen injections.

The records list the names of the institutions, the names and ages of the babies, the doses given and the results of blood tests done before and after the vaccinations to measure polio antibodies.

The institutions used in the trials were St Joseph’s Home in Broadmeadows, Berry Street Foundling Home, Bethany Babies Home in Geelong, Methodist Babies Home and the Children’s Welfare Department at Turana, run by the Victorian government.

There is no indication of who gave formal consent for the babies to be used in the trials, which were carried out by CSL’s virus research department.

Further development and use of the quadruple antigen, which also provided vaccination against whooping cough, diptheria and tetanus, appeared to have been abandoned during 1962-63. Salk vaccine was replaced with Sabin oral polio vaccine by 1965.

The Age has revealed that in 1997 Victorian children’s homes and orphanages had been used by a number of medical and research organisations, including CSL, for trials of a range of experimental vaccines.

The reports led to inquiries by the state and federal health departments, which concluded there was no evidence of any other similar medical trials. Neither report referred to the quadruple antigen trials.

The State Government report, a copy of which has been obtained under freedom of information by Melbourne researcher Brenda Coughlan, found no record of the Department of Human Services providing formal consent for state wards to be used in trials.

The Age‘s revelations were examined by the Senate’s inquiry into mistreatment of state wards, which said in its report in August that it was unclear who was legally responsible for allowing the children to be used. It concluded that any long-term health effects on children used in the experiments were unknown.

The experimental use of quadruple antigen was investigated by a commission of inquiry in 2003.

Rachel David, director of public affairs at CSL, said community attitudes at the time of the quadruple antigen trials in Melbourne were very different.

She said it would have been a logical decision to trial the new vaccinations in such institutions because “lots of kids died of communicable and vaccine preventable disease” in them.

 

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Leneen Forde’s Husband, Corrupt N.S.W Detective,Angus “Albert” McDonald!

by Chris Griffith
Published 28 April 1996 in The Sunday Mail In a 1986 interview, Angus McDonald, a respected NSW police superintendent and husband of Governor Leneen Forde, made a pledge to catch those responsible for the near-fatal shooting of NSW drug squad detective Michael Drury.
In an interview with internal investigator Chief Supt Eric Strong, the then Supt McDonald said: “I will try until the day I am dead to find out who shot him and I hope that was the attitude of a lot of other members of the Police Force”.

Twelve years on, the callous shooting of Drury in 1984 is still listed as an unresolved crime.

But while the investigation languishes, the event has not been forgotten, thanks to the NSW Police Royal Commission which last month heard evidence that the original investigation of the Drury shooting was “an absolute cover-up” of the activities of disgraced NSW detective Roger Rogerson.

At the time Mr McDonald was a tough, respected, and successful homicide cop who had risen to become chief of operations at the NSW Criminal Investigation Branch.

When Drury was shot, McDonald appointed Det Sgt Dennis West to head the attempted murder investigation.

After consultation with Police Commissioner Cec Abbott and Assistant Commissioner Day, McDonald himself took charge of a second, parallel investigation into bribery allegations that pointed to Rogerson’s involvement in the Drury shooting.

Last month, a senior NSW Police internal affairs officer told the Royal Commission the initial investigation into Drury’s shooting was “an absolute cover-up.”

The witness, Det Insp William Smith, was one of eight police officers who in 1987 was assigned to Task Force Omega, the second of the three re-investigations of the Drury shooting.

On June 6th, 1984, Drury was shot in the abdomen and shoulder with two .357 hollow-point bullets through the window of his Chatsworth home in Sydney. He was critically ill for a month.

Mr McDonald recommended no departmental or criminal charges against Rogerson.

Last month Smith told the commission: “As I and other investigators on Omega were doing this, it became blatantly obvious that the initial investigation was an absolute cover-up in relation to Roger Rogerson.

“It became blatantly clear as each stage progressed that Rogerson was the linchpin and organiser of the shooting of Detective Drury.”

He said the investigation had not followed up key intelligence reports, including the intelligence report that “years later” led to Melbourne heroine dealer Alan David Williams confessing his and Rogerson’s part in a conspiracy to murder Drury.

“A solicitor … volunteered information in 1984, shortly after Drury was shot, to Victorian authorities that he had been privy to conversations in which the conspiracy was discussed and a fee of $50,000 to shoot Drury with a further $50,000 on the result that he was dead; that had never been followed up.”

According to the Task Force Omega report, Williams later confessed that Rogerson had received $45,000 and hitman Christopher Dale Flannery $5,000 before the shooting. The second $50,000, which was to be split the opposite way, was not paid because Drury survived.

At the time, Drury was about to give key evidence against Williams who was facing heroin trafficking charges in Melbourne. Williams, and his associates Hansen and Richardson were arrested following Drury’s involvement in a police undercover operation.

A 1984 investigation report by McDonald said that while Drury was critically ill, he told McDonald, in a bedside statement, that Rogerson had offered him (Drury) between $15,000 to $25,000 “if the right thing was done”.

The Omega Task Force report said McDonald himself faced two investigations.

After consideration by the Director of Prosecutions, no action was taken against him.

The report also recommended no charges be laid and highlighted the difficulty in deciding who was in charge , overall, of the investigation.

Further, a 1990 judicial review by Sydney Queens Counsel Howard Purnell dismissed a claim that Mr McDonald had failed to thoroughly investigate Williams’ role in the shooting.

“Williams was a hardened criminal and at that stage he apparently was not about to confess to New South Wales police,” Purnell wrote.

Nevertheless the emergence of the Omega Report issue at the NSW Royal Commission suggests Drury’s shooting and Mr McDonald’s investigation could be under scrutiny once more.

Mr McDonald has already appeared before the NSW Royal Commission, at a hearing in Lismore in March last year.

He answered questions on two unconnected internal affairs investigations and associated matters that occurred when he was superintendent of the Lismore region.

Last week, the commission said it would “neither confirm or deny” whether Smith’s evidence indicated Mr McDonald would take the stand soon to discuss the Drury shooting.

A Government House spokesman said Mr McDonald would be making “no comment” on any NSW Police Royal Commission matters.

Last week, The Sunday Mail obtained a copy of the 1984 Omega Task Force report.

It deals with a number of concerns about McDonald’s investigation, many of which he has responded to in other inquiries.

It said Mr McDonald had directed other investigators not to interview Rogerson.

Mr McDonald denied this in his 1986 interview with Chief Supt Strong.

It said there was evidence he prevented other members of the investigating team from seeing a “dying deposition” by Drury, where he implicated Rogerson in a bedside statement six days after the shooting. Again, Mr McDonald has denied this.

The report said: “Rogerson was discounted as a suspect by McDonald, who directed his questions solely to the bribe offer and nothing to the shooting.”

Mr McDonald said: “I completely disregarded my previous association and or friendship with Rogerson … those feelings on my previous association had no bearing on the manner in which I went about my task.”

In his report, Purnell found no “satisfactory evidence” of a conspiracy between Rogerson and Mr McDonald.

Juries acquitted Rogerson of attempting to bribe Drury in 1985, and in 1989 of conspiring to murder him.

However in 1990 Rogerson was convicted of conspiracy to defeat justice.

He was released after a successful appeal, but later was convicted of opening bank accounts under a false name. NSW police have confirmed he is now out of jail.

In his report, Purnell attempted to rationalise why Rogerson was not convicted in the original two trials.

He said the attempted bribery charge was thwarted when two associates of Drury, Detectives Roussos and Smith, changed their evidence.

And because Rogerson was found “not guilty” of the attempted bribery charge, Drury’s evidence of attempted bribery was disallowed at the conspiracy to murder trial.

The second trial therefore came down to the credibility of Williams against the credibility of Rogerson.

As the Governor’s husband, Mr McDonald performs some role jointly with Mrs Forde. In 1993 Governor-General Bill Hayden made Mr McDonald a Commander Brother of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem at a ceremony at Government House.A religeous order that features heavily in the CSA scandal that rocked Canada,The Cornwall Inquiry.The Canadian Child Abuse Scandal
The Unpurged Evil
in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall
A “pedophile clan” involving Catholic clergy: a cover-up
And a Breach of Trust: Breach of Faith,
which refuses to move From Pain to Hope
Allegations of Clerical Debauchery

As the allegations of sexual molestation, legal misdemeanours, and cover-up proliferated, a married middle-aged man now residing in the United States was determining to wipe his own slate clean. He had been involved with “the clan” himself, first as a young boy and later as an adult. According to the Ottawa Sun, “Richard” stepped into the fray because “This thing has been eating me alive inside-out. I think about it every single day.” He was even willing to incriminate himself, recognizing only too well that in the process, the police “are probably going to put the screws to me.” But he wanted to clean the slate.

So, in November 1996 Richard signed an affidavit. The information and allegations contained therein are extremely damning for a number of highly-respected individuals and, if verified, leave no doubt that a ring of molesters has been operating in Cornwall for a number of years. According to Richard, a number of Cornwall men are part of a “clan” of pedophiles. He names them. And, it’s a shocker. The names include those of several prominent men and a number of Roman Catholic clergy. A few of the suspects are now deceased, others are functioning in various capacities in their environs.

Richard alleges that he attended clan parties and witnessed “sexual improprieties, molestation, fondling, oral sex, intercourse (anal) between the above-named ‘clan’ members and minors through the period of 1957 or 1958 to 1993.” He numerically names some of those who attended the parties, concluding with #34: “Male prostitutes both adults and juveniles, altar boys and several others.” He recalls one party which included “a ceremonious ritual of candles in the Altar Boys rectums with sheets over them. These Altar Boys were walking around with the candle in the rectum and sheets over them with no clothes on, during this ceremony, several members of the clergy were fondling these boys and molesting them.” He continues, “all of the aforementioned priests committed illegal, inappropriate and perverse sexual acts against myself as a minor.” He also talks of a cache of pornographic pictures of young Cornwall boys taken with a Polaroid camera, and he recounts events leading up to Ken Seguin’s death.

Richard alleges that the clan had a number of meeting places, most of them in or around Cornwall. But an important point the clan also met in the United States. According to the affidavit, clan members travelled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a fairly regular basis where they would frequent an area called Birch Avenue and a certain motel which he names.

The information contained in this eight-page legal document, which names names and references a specific motel on the ‘pedophile strip’ in Fort Lauderdale, is now at the core of mounting allegations of a massive cover-up. The motel referenced in the affidavit has been investigated by other interested parties anxious to seek the truth in the allegations, but not by the Ontario Provincial Police or its Project Truth Team.

The Fort Lauderdale Connection

On 18 September 1998, Gary Guzzo (member of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Provincial Government) sent a letter marked Private and Confidential to Premier Mike Harris. Therein Guzzo advises the Premier that contrary to what he (Harris) might be told by his Attorney General and Solicitor General, the Project Truth investigation is not progressing as it should and has not followed up on “volumes of information” turned over to the Attorney General and Solicitor General by Perry Dunlop. He elaborates.

Through his contacts in Cornwall, and with a retired policeman in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Guzzo a Catholic, a lawyer and former judge has kept abreast of the investigation and is very familiar with the intricacies of the Cornwall affair and the allegations of a pedophile ring. He has also, at his own expense, travelled to the United States to speak with people “who signed affidavits and made depositions which were served on our government in April 1997.” He concludes: “I can tell you directly that they are not all lying.” As a result of his own personal research Guzzo has learned that “The people who signed affidavits, who made depositions under oath, some of which are inculpatory in nature, have not been interrogated after one- and-a-half years” and he concludes: “I am 100 per cent certain in my own mind that the former owners and operators of the motel on the pedophile strip in Fort Lauderdale, where the complainants stated they were taken on occasion by some of the perpetrators in the 1970s, have not been interrogated, nor have the motel records been requested by the police doing the investigation.” The letter closes on this ominous note: “I do trust you appreciate my concern for the safety of my family and staff . . .” Copies were sent to Charles Harnick, Attorney General, and Bob Runciman, Solicitor General.

Mr. Guzzo again put pen to paper on 23 February 1999, this time telling the Premier that since his previous communication he (Guzzo) has had occasion to spend ten days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He writes:

I want you to understand how embarrassing it is for me to attempt to answer the pointed questions of a retired police officer with regard to this issue. This man is in contact on a regular basis with individuals who have visited the Fort Lauderdale area to investigate certain aspects of the allegations made by a number of people in the Cornwall area.

The allegations centre around activities in the late 60s to late 70s and the motel records seem to confirm the attendance at a motel on the “pedophile strip” in the Fort Lauderdale area of certain of the victims and in the company of certain of the people named in the complaints by these victims. The information the retired police officer has received, which information has been confirmed by the undersigned, would indicate that certain key people have not yet been interrogated by the Ontario Provincial Police Project Truth Team. These people include complainants, as well as witnesses and at least in one case, a perpetrator, who has signed an affidavit, which affidavit was filed with the Attorney General of this province and the Solicitor General of this province in April 1997. The person making this affidavit continues to state that he has not been interrogated by the Ontario Provincial Police with regard to this issue.

Finally, he reiterates his concern regarding the potential for accusations of a cover-up at the highest levels:

The fact remains that we are approaching two years since the formal delivery of this information to the two ministries in question. The fact remains that this information was available long before it was formally delivered to the two ministries in question. There may be many reasons why some of these people have not been contacted by investigating officers; however, two of the obvious possible reasons must be dispelled immediately!

The letter was copied to Bob Runciman (Solicitor General), Charles Harnick (Attorney General), and Ron McLaughlin (Chief of Staff, Office of the Premier).

With the exception of the Ottawa Sun, Ontario’s print media has been strangely silent on Guzzo’s courageous and bold interjections. Not a boo from The Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star or The National Post.

Strange indeed from a media which delights in political intrigue.

Since Gary Guzzo’s interjection into the Cornwall affair became public, Project Truth has spread the word that Cornwall is caught in the grips of McCarthyism. And, while welcome talk of McCarthyism ripples through the quiet city streets, Mr. Guzzo has been contacted by a couple who allege that their son was sexually assaulted by one of the Dunlops’ prime suspects! The alleged assault occurred between August 1997 – July 1998 while the Attorney General and the Solicitor General’s office sat on explosive evidence evidence which the honourable ministers did not hand over to the Project Truth team commissioned specifically to investigate the Dunlop allegations.

Asked if anyone from the Diocesan office has talked to them throughout this ordeal, Helen emits a wry chuckle: “Talk to us? No, they don’t talk to me. They don’t talk to us. I don’t even think they talk to God.”

Conclusion

Cover-up? Can there be one iota of doubt?

Prime suspects? There are a number on the loose. A number of them are priests. The have access to children.

Do our bishops care?

Breach of Faith: Breach of Trust? Of the highest order.

From Pain to Hope? For the many victims, the pain won’t go away.

For every child who is molested while the cover-up continues, the pain has just begun.

For our suffering Church, the pain continues.

And what of hope?

Catholics of Cornwall hope the whispered rumours are false. They can’t let themselves think otherwise.

The victims hope that somehow truth will prevail. They no longer trust the Church to act. They have little faith in the legal system. Perry and Helen hope that someone somewhere cares enough to ensure that justice prevails. They too have lost faith in the hierarchy of the Church: they unfortunately stopped going to Mass when they realized the magnitude of the problem. Pray for them.

Gary Guzzo hopes his government will act. He was a member of the Board of Directors at St. Brigid’s Summer Camp which came under scrutiny six years ago when its founder, Father Ken Keeler was charged with sexual molestation. Father Keeler pleaded guilty after his trial commenced, but not before damning testimony was introduced regarding the then deceased Bishop John Michael Beahen’s sexual proclivities.

Seven long years ago a troubled young man took his allegations of sexual abuse to Church officials in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. And seven long years ago the bishops of Canada published two glossy-covered booklets sporting pictures of cracks, and rocks, and blooming weeds. Seven long years ago Canadian Catholics trusted that their bishops truly had serious concerns regarding the scandalous, painful and abhorrent problem of clerical molesters; that the bishops really meant it when they called us to “promote actions which will purge this evil from our society”; or when they said the Church should “call its members to unite with those who condemn such forms of aggression”; and when they advised that the Church should avoid “any word or gesture that risks dissuading someone from carrying out his or her duty of reporting a case of child sexual abuse.”

The words sounded so good. However, actions speak louder than words. The bishops have been and are now busy with other “serious” issues. There’s no more talk of purging the evil of clerical molestation from our society and our Church. There hasn’t been for years. Now our “justice”-minded bishops are back to dabbling in economics and high finance. They want the faithful to unite to seek “justice” for countries which have submerged themselves in debt: countries which abort their unborn with abandon, sterilize men and women with alacrity, and offer contraceptives and condoms like candy kisses. No talk now of the mess in their own backyard, or of purging predators from our sanctuaries, just the constant materialistic prattle about something they call “justice” and the dizzying whirl of press releases, signature campaigns, workshops and homilies haranguing one and all to ‘do justice,’ purge the debt and dutifully sign on the dotted line. Meanwhile, the Dunlops are persecuted, sexual predators are on the loose, a molestation which could have been prevented has been reported, and every child and adolescent is at risk.

But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. (St. Matthew 18: 6,7)

Did You Know?

Bishop Eugene Larocque was Dean of the former Christ the King College in London, Ontario between 1965 and 1968 when “Christ” was removed from the Catholic Boy’s College name to give it a more non-denominational appeal. At that time the College was closely affiliated with St. Peter’s Seminary.

The Charges to Date

Father Charles MacDonald (65): fifteen counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.

Arthur Peachy (77), Roman Catholic, family physician, former coroner, team doctor for the Cornwall Royals hockey team, and acting physician for the Cornwall Police: one count of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency.

Harvey Latour (69), owner of a popular city breakfast diner: one count of indecent assault.

George Lawrence (70), organist and former owner of a music store: one count of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency.

Roch Landry (70), former butcher: three counts of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency.

Brother George Edmond (Lionel Carrierre) (78), former teacher in Alexandria: two counts of indecent assault.

Father Paul Lapierre (70), formerly of Cornwall, now of Westmount, Quebec: three counts each of indecent assault and gross indecency.

Father Kenneth Martin (68), formerly of Cornwall, now of Pointe Claire Quebec: two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency.

Jacques Leduc (48), lawyer, legal counsel for the Diocese, canon lawyer, married: five counts of sexual assault, six of sexual exploitation, four of procuring the sexual services of someone under age, and one each of sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

Bernard Sauve (59), entrepreneur: one count each of gross indecency and indecent assault.

A. Malcolm MacDonald (69), Roman Catholic lawyer, former Crown Attorney and Knight of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem: two counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

Jean Luc LeBlanc (54), bus driver: one count of sexual intercourse with a female, one of indecent assault on a female, three counts of sexual touching, two counts of invitation for a sexual purpose, two of gross indecency, one of obtaining sexual services, one of sexual assault on a female and five of sexual assault on a male.

Chronology of Events in the Cornwall Cover-Up

February 1992: D.S. tells Church officials he was molested by Father Charles MacDonald.

09 December 1992: D.S. reports his allegations to Cornwall Police.

28 January 1993: D.S. is interviewed by Cornwall Police.

16 February 1993: D.S.’s victim’s statement is turned in to Cornwall Police.

02 September 1993: The gag order brokered by Malcolm MacDonald is signed. D.S. receives $32,000.

23 September 1993: Constable Perry Dunlop learns of the D.S. allegations.

25 September 1993: Dunlop talks to Richard Abell of the Children’s AID Society.

30 September 1993: Copy of D.S.’s victim’s statement is given to the Children’s Aid Society.

07 October 1993: Police Chief Claude Shaver goes to Papal Nuncio.

12 October 1993: Perry is told he is going to be investigated by his police force.

16 October 1993: Local media report that Malcolm MacDonald was knighted into the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

02 November 1993: Police Chief Claude Shaver announces his early retirement.

25 November 1993: Ken Seguin, the probation officer accused by D.S. commits suicide.

06 January 1994: D.S.’s victim’s statement is leaked to the media.

11 January 1994: Ottawa Police are called in to investigate Cornwall Police handling of the D.S. allegations.

15 January 1994: Jacques Leduc and Bishop Eugene Larocque deny the monetary settlement contains a gag order.

24 January 1994: Bishop Larocque admits the D.S. payoff contains a gag order.

February 1994: Ontario Provincial Police investigates allegations against Father Charles MacDonald and later that year announces it has no grounds to lay charges against him.

01 March 1994: Children’s Aid Society concludes that Father Charles MacDonald molested D.S. as a child..

14 May 1994: Dunlop is charged with discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.

23 September 1994: A Board of Inquiry is held in Ottawa.

31 January 1995: All charges against Dunlop are stayed. The Police Complaints Commission appeals the decision.

07 February 1995: Malcolm MacDonald is charged with obstruction of justice.

12 October 1995: Malcolm MacDonald pleads guilty and receives an absolute discharge.

07 December 1995: Divisional Court dismisses the Police Complaints Commission’s appeal with costs and upholds the Board of Inquiry decision to stay all charges against Dunlop.

11 March 1996: Father Charles MacDonald is charged with seven counts of indecent assault against three former altar boys.

13 November 1996: “Richard” signs an affidavit outlining his first-hand account of a pedophile ring.

08 April 1997: Perry Dunlop deposits documents with the Attorney General and the Office of the Solicitor General, Ontario Civilian Commission on Policing Services.

August 1997: Ontario Provincial Police launch Project Truth.

27 January 1998: Father Charles MacDonald is charged with six more counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.

11 June 1998: Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall attempts to gag Perry Dunlop and his family.

22 June 1998: Jacques Leduc, former legal counsel for the Archdiocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, is charged with twelve counts of sexual assault.

09 July 1998: Project Truth charges seven men with sexual offences which date back thirty years. Superintendent Fougere says Project Truth is scheduled to wrap up in September.

31 July 1998: Perry Dunlop gives Project Truth the missing documents.

18 September 1998: Gary Guzzo sends first letter to Premier Mike Harris.

05 January 1999: A 54-year-old male is charged with 16 counts of sexual assault against males and females between 1986 and 1998.

23 February 1999: Gary Guzzo writes second letter to Premier Mike Harris.

11 March 1999: Malcolm MacDonald is charged with three counts of sexual assault. One other man is charged. Jacques Leduc has four more charges added to the previous 12. Detective Inspector Grassman says he thinks the investigation will wrap up in the summer.

21 March 1999: Gary Guzzo’s letters to Premier Harris are in the public domain.

03 April 1999: Ottawa Sun reports that a couple claim their son was molested by one of the Dunlop’s prime suspects.

Charged and Convicted in 1986

Father Gilles Deslaurier

When Bishop Adolphe Proulx was at the helm of Alexandria-Cornwall Diocese (1967-1974), a priest by the name of Father Gilles Deslaurier served as his Master of Ceremonies and, for a time, lived in the Bishop’s palace. In 1974, when Bishop Proulx was assigned to the neighbouring Archdiocese of Gatineau-Hull, he was replaced by Father Eugene Larocque a priest from the Archdiocese of London, who was consecrated as Bishop of Alexandria.

After Bishop Larocque assumed control of the Diocese, Father Deslaurier helped out with a variety of diocesan activities. He assisted the Bishop with Religious Vocations for the French sector, served on the Liturgical Commission for the French sector, served on the Pastoral Ministry of Priests, and acted as chaplain in the Catholic Secondary School. For a number of years he was placed in charge of the diocese’s French Cursillo and R3, a French youth Cursillo.

In January 1986, the parents of a young man approached Bishop Eugene Larocque alleging that their son had been sexually molested by Father Deslaurier. When no action was taken, the couple went to the Papal Nuncio, then Angelo Palmas. Following that visit, Bishop Larocque carried out an internal investigation, then contacted the couple and promised that Deslaurier would be kept out of active ministry and relocated to receive therapy in the Gatineau-Hull Diocese (then under the helm of Bishop Proulx). The priest resigned on the 13th of February. One week later he was discovered saying Mass in a Hull parish where he was filling in for the ailing parish priest. The couple went public and eventually nine charges of indecent assault against five boys between 1978 and 1984 were laid against Father Deslaurier.

Deslaurier was found guilty and sentenced to two years probation, reporting to a probation officer and Bishop Proulx. Newspapers of the day reported that Bishop Proulx of the Gatineau-Hull Diocese had volunteered to watch over Deslaurier, an offer which the judge said, “indicates a confidence he has in the future of this person.” The media also reported that Cornwall Police Chief Claude Shaver said Bishop Larocque had been less than cooperative during the investigation. Father Deslaurier moved on to St. Adele, Quebec, and then to Vercheres, Quebec. In 1997 the Ottawa Sun learned that Father Deslaurier was under investigation for new sex allegations in St. Adele.

Priests Charged by Project Truth

Father Charles MacDonald (Father Charlie) was a 35-year-old teacher when he decided to become a priest. He attended Ottawa’s University of Saint Paul Seminary where he was known as “the old man” because of his age. He was ordained in Cornwall in 1969 while Adolphe Proulx was Bishop. According to Faith is Our Strength, a 1994 publication recounting the history of Cornwall’s St. Columban’s Parish, the parish youth groups had ceased to function by the mid 1950s. However, in the 60s “assistant pastor Charles MacDonald organized the youth group and later with the help of the young priest Paul Marchese* the group was quite active.”

While Bishop Proulx was at the helm, Father Charlie served on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Later, under Bishop Larocque, he was elected Dean to the Diocesan Consultors and Senate of the Bishop in the government of the Diocese. He was also placed in charge of the English Cursillo movement and COR (Christ in Others Retreat), a weekend retreat with ongoing activities for youth around the ages of 17-21. For several years the entire Cursillo and youth movements of the diocese were in the hands of Fathers Gilles Deslaurier (French sector) and Charles MacDonald (English sector).

*Father Paul Marchese, a New York resident, attended Ottawa’s University of Saint Paul Seminary and was ordained by then Bishop Adolphe Proulx at St. Columban’s in 1973. Marchese was assigned to that parish “until his return to the Albany, N.Y. Diocese in 1978.”

The Orator has learned that Father Marchese created a bit of a sensation in Albany when he showed up in open-neck shirts and tight pants not the order of clerical attire in those days. He was encountered in this attire one day by an individual who did not know or recognize that Marchese was a priest. Marchese was in the company of a male hairdresser whom he identified as his “companion.” According to officials in the Diocese of Albany, Marchese left Albany in January 1984 and some time later left the priesthood. His last known whereabouts were somewhere in Florida.

Fathers Kenneth Martin and Paul Lapierre were both ordained for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall by Bishop Brodeur, the former in 1959, the latter in 1958. They both left the diocese in the early 70’s while Bishop Proulx was in charge. Father Lapierre is a brother of Laurier Lapierre, a self-declared homosexual and former lecturer at London, Ontario’s Christ the King College. Prior to his departure from Cornwall, Father Lapierre served as a member of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission, was responsible for the diocese’s marriage prep. programme, and conducted retreats at Villa Fatima in Alexandria. Father Martin, meanwhile, was in charge of diocesan catechetics and served as director of la Sainte-Enfance. The 1973 directory of priests shows both priests residing in Montreal at a common address. At that time, Martin was functioning as a student (he later assumed pastoral responsibilities in the Montreal diocese), and Lapierre was active at St. Jacques Church on St. Catherine Street. Both have retained their incardination in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall while carrying out priestly duties in the Montreal Archdiocese, each eventually assuming pastoral responsibilities in the wealthy English-speaking sectors of the Montreal Archdiocese. Although absent from the Alexandria-Cornwall, it is known that at least Father Lapierre occasionally returned to minister to the flock, witness the following quote from Faith regarding parish missions at St. Columban’s:

Forty hours devotions took place annually with special guest homilists such as Corbin Eddy, a Sulpician priest who was present for the devotions in November 1982 [Father Eddy is now a priest and liturgist in the Archdiocese of Ottawa]. A year earlier, Father Paul Lapierre conducted a successful week-long mission which included homilies each evening from Sunday to Thursday.

Our tongue-tied bishops’ politically-correct response
to clerical homosexual predators

In the late 1980s, a spate of sexual abuse charges was levelled against a number of Newfoundland’s diocesan clergy; these were accompanied by revelations of the years of sexual molestation endured by boys at St. John’s Mount Cashel orphanage. To quell demands for action after years of cover-up, Archbishop Penney of St. John’s, Newfoundland commissioned an Enquiry headed by an Anglican, the Honourable Gordon A. Winter, the former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland. The four other members of the Commission were Sister Nuala P. Kenny, Father Everett MacNeil, Francis G. O’Flaherty, and John A. Scott PhD. The results of the Commission’s efforts were released in 1990 in the three-volume Winter Commission Report.

The Report is a disturbing read in that it quickly becomes apparent that the Commission went to great lengths to shift its focus from the obvious homosexual dimension of the problem at hand. It did acknowledge that its focus on sexual abuse was “the involvement of male children in any form of sexual activity with members of the Roman Catholic clergy.” It also acknowledged that: the cases before it were homosexual in nature; the clerical predators of Newfoundland “engaged in homosexual behaviour by preference”; the boys involved were at least 12 years old when the sexual abuse started and there was therefore “no compelling evidence of classical pedophilia,”; some of the “perpetrators were sexually active with a number of adolescent male partners at any given time” and “also appear to be homosexual,”and; approximately 30% of the diocesan clergy were “homosexual in orientation.” However, despite these stated observations which were categorized as “a statistical anomaly” the Commission refrained from delving into the sphere of homosexuality and completely avoided Church teaching on the subject. Instead, rather than focus on the startling fact that 30% of the clergy had an orientation which is in itself “objectively disordered,” and that a number of Roman Catholic clergy with an “objectively disordered” sexual orientation were actively practising homosexuals, and that a number of the latter were preying on and sexually molesting adolescent males, the Commission chose to take the politically-correct route. So, among other things, the politically-correct Commission indicated that it was disturbed by the “climate of homophobia” in the Archdiocese of St. John’s, advised that this needs to be addressed “if society is to avoid the unnecessary stigmatization of a significant portion of humankind,” and recommended that “Education programmes should direct public attitudes towards a healthy understanding of sexuality with concomitant goals of discouraging sexual stereotyping and homophobia.” In short, the Commission sidestepped the real issue, that of predatory clerical homosexuals. Instead, it took the opportunity to rely on “feminist experience,” bash the patriarchal structure of the Church, and broaden its study to the “larger social issue of child sexual abuse.”

The final Report evoked accolades from Canadian bishops and became akin to their bible on sexual abuse.

The CCCB Steps in

The same year the Report was released yet another clerical sexual scandal of monumental proportions was erupting in Ontario. A number of priests and Brothers were charged when former residents of reform schools run by the Christian Brothers in Alfred and Uxbridge alleged they had been sexually molested while at the schools. This time the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) stepped in to do damage control. An Ad Hoc committee comprising Andr‚ Boyer (Chief of Social Services for Laval, Quebec School Boards), Rita Cadieux (former Deputy-Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission who was actively involved with the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the UN Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities), Father Gerald Copeman (priest from Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, active with Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, diocesan director of Cursillo, President of the National Federation of Councils of Priests), Sr. Nuala Patricia Kenny (pediatrician, Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax and Chief of Pediatrics at the Isaac Walton Killam Hospital for Children in Halifax), Archbishops Roger bacher (Gatineau-Hull, Quebec), Adam Exner OMI (Vancouver, British Columbia) and James MacDonald csc (St. John’s, Newfoundland) was established to address the situation. The committee was chaired by Archbishop bacher who described sexual molestation as “a form of misconduct.”

The Ad Hoc Committee relied on Father Frank Morrissey OMI and Mr.Paul McAuliffe to chair two of its four work groups. Father Morrisey, who enjoys worldwide repute in the field of Canon Law and has been known to offer canonical assistance to dioceses rocked by scandal, believes and lectures that child molesters are not “moral degenerates,” that child molestation is akin to alcoholism which was once viewed as sinful and is now understood to be a disease, that sexual molestation isn’t grounds to defrock a priest, and that it is not “responsible stewardship” to throw away the $250,000 investment that goes into cost of ordaining a Catholic priest. Paul McAuliffe, a worker with the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, was actually invited onto the Committee after making known his modernist criticisms of the patriarchal structures of the Church and his equally modernist opinion that it is the Church’s misuse of power which “seems” to support child abuse. He was also a known member of the homosexual-friendly Coalition of Concerned Canadian Catholics.

McAuliffe and Father Morrissey, with their two confreres Dr. Jeannine Guindon (professional psychotherapist) and Father Jacques Gagn‚ OMI (former rector at Ottawa’s University of St. Paul Seminary), hammered out guidelines with the able assistance of yet another team of “collaborators.” 1 Included were three interesting personages: Father John Loftus SJ, director of Southdown Centre, a facility which treats clergy and religious with problems of sexuality and/or addiction (Southdown is known to be homosexual-friendly); David McCann, the controversial victim from the Alfred scandal who helped the AIDS Committee of Toronto with its fundraising; and, Father Peter O’Hanley, a priest charged and found guilty of sexual molestation.

The Ad Hoc Committee studied, lauded and was influenced by the Winter Commission Report. In June of 1992 its report, From Pain to Hope, was published by the CCCB. The Report included recommendations that legal fees incurred by priests charged with sexual molestation be picked up by the diocese (read: your contributions) and proposed ways to reintegrate convicted clerical molesters into parishes.

Breach of Trust: Breach of Faith, a compilation of “educational materials” for the general public divided into five study sessions, was published simultaneously. Here we really see what the Ad Hoc Committee is all about. The five study sessions were designed “as a tool for raising awareness and promoting education on all aspects of child sexual abuse.” These consciousness-raising materials quote extensively from the Winter Commission Report, resort to New Age imagery, breathing, visualization and role-playing techniques, suggest that the definition of family “must take into account single parents, common-law relationships and other emerging styles of family life,” promote the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and advance the feminist philosophy that the sexual abuse of children “is perpetuated by ignoring the prevalence of patriarchy in our society.” Like the Winter Commission Report, the Ad Hoc Committee completely avoids Church teaching on homosexuality and takes great pains to ensure that homosexuality retains the acceptable moral and legal status it has acquired in the secular world.

Nowhere in any of these reports and guidelines does one find commonsense guidelines which would guarantee a reduction in the cases of sexual assault by predatory clergy and help to restore faith in the Church, i.e.: compel seminaries to screen-out males with a “homosexual” “sexual orientation”; ensure that any seminarian known to engage in homosexual activity with adults, adolescents or boys is thrown out of the seminary and those engaging in illegal activities are reported to the authorities; defrock all priests who are known homosexuals, and; defrock priests who have been charged and convicted of sexual molestation. Only when such guidelines emerge from the mouths of our tongue-tied bishops will Catholics believe their bishops will purge sexual predators from the ranks of the clergy and bank ‘zero tolerance’ for clerical sexual perversion in all its abhorrent and immoral manifestations. Then, and only then, will Canadian Catholics believe that our bishops truly want to eradicate sexual perversion from the Church, protect children, and restore the sacred dignity of the priesthood.

Footnote

Stephen Amesse (then a Senate Research Assistant, ordained to the priesthood at St. Patrick’s Basilica, Ottawa, April 1999 at age 41),

Jeffrey King (then an Ottawa lawyer and staunch supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada, recently ordained to the priesthood at Ottawa’s St. Patrick’s Basilica at age 58),

Dr. Jocelyn Aubut (psychiatrist),

Charlene Belleau (sexual abuse research coordinator for the Cariboo Tribal Council in British Columbia),

Dr. John Bradford (Ottawa physician who regularly assesses perpetrators of sexual crimes),

Colette Brown (member of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society and specialist in work groups for the treatment of sexual abuse),

Sister Marie-Paule (canon lawyer and vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Gasp‚, Quebec),

Father Michael Doiron SJ (superior of the Jesuit community in Ottawa),

Brian Dunn (barrister and solicitor and board member of Catholic Charities of Toronto),

Marguerite Evans (nurse),

Dr. Francis Forde (psychologist with “longtime experience counselling seminarians”),

Adrian Hewitt (Ottawa lawyer),

Elizabeth Lugo (member of the Toronto Metropolitan School Board),

William Malone (Superintendent of Wellington County Separate School Board, Ontario),

Father Anthony Mancini (coordinator of Ministry to Priests Program for the Archdiocese of Montreal),

Sister Mary McDevitt IHM, (Pastoral Consultant for Toronto Children’s Aid Society and former spiritual counsellor at Southdown Centre),

Dr. A.M. McFarthing (Sudbury, Ontario physician),

Marcellina Mian (physician and Director of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program at Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital),

Father Michael O’Reilly (Canon Law professor at Ottawa’s University of Saint Paul),

Father Marc Ouellet PSS (rector at the major Seminary of Montreal),

Father Roch Pag‚ (Canon Law professor at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University),

Father L Pigeon OMI (retired professor with the Faculty of Education at University of Ottawa),

Father Terrence Prendergast SJ (then professor at Regis College in Toronto’s St. Michael’s University, now Bishop of Halifax),

Msgr. Jean-Marc Robillard (director of formation for future priests with the Diocese of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec),

Dr. Gilles Schrer (psychiatrist at the Institut Pinel de Montreal).

Seven long years ago, in February of 1992, D.S., a former altar boy, approached officials in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall asking for an apology. He claimed he had been sexually molested by a local parish priest, Father Charles MacDonald. He just wanted an apology. None was forthcoming.

Eleven months later, in early December, this same troubled young man turned to the Cornwall Police Services (Cornwall Police) for help. He recounted his allegations. He told police he had been sexually molested by Father Charles MacDonald (Father Charlie), and that he had also been molested by Ken Seguin, a local probation officer and good friend of the priest. Another full month later, in early January 1993, D.S. was interviewed by police and asked to prepare a written statement: the eight-page handwritten statement outlining details of the allegations was turned over to police on the 16th of February 1993.

Ten months after the Cornwall police first became aware of the allegations and twenty-one months after the diocesan centre heard of them Father Charles MacDonald was still functioning as a parish priest: the allegations against him were unknown to Catholic parents, the police investigation had been terminated, and his file was secreted in the recesses of the police station. Secreted, that is, until Constable Perry Dunlop happened on the scene.

Since then, the city of Cornwall has been rocked by whispered rumours and allegations which slowly and sporadically unfolded in an unprecedented fashion. As one bizarre scenario followed the other, the allegations of sexual molestation mushroomed; a number of young men have now stepped forward alleging that they too were sexually molested by Father Charlie. And, in this homey and unpretentious city of 46,000 nestled on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, there arewhispers of clandestine visits by prominent Cornwall officials and clergy to motels in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in a district known for its prostitution of young boys. And there is talk of covert meetings between prominent citizens and clergy, of pornography, of cover-up, and of a “pedophile clan.”

Allegations of a “pedophile clan,” alias “the clan,” first came to light years ago when Perry Dunlop asserted that such a clan was operating within the Church and within the city. Sceptics laughed. However, to date, after interviewing in the order of 940 people, a provincial police force probe into the allegations has seen more than 70 charges laid against twelve men for sex offences against 25 victims. More charges are anticipated. Of the twelve males charged to date, three are Roman Catholic priests, two are Roman Catholic lawyers directly involved in the D.S. case, one is a Brother who had previously taught in a local Roman Catholic school, and one is a Roman Catholic physician and coroner who had served as team physician to the hockey team, served as acting physician for the Cornwall Police and been active in his parish. Apart from the probe, local police have charged a teacher in a local Catholic school. Several of the victims allege they were molested by more than one suspect, and a number of the suspects are known to be friends or acquaintances.

According to The Ottawa Sun (13 March 1999), the Ontario Provincial Police now “are looking at the possibility that Cornwall police and the Catholic Church conspired to abort a probe into sexual abuse allegations after the complainant [D.S.] received hush money.”

“From Pain to Hope”?

As D.S. was mustering up the courage to confront the demons of his youth, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was confronting its own demons. Faced with the embarrassing and steadily mounting number of charges of sexual abuse on young males by Canadian clergy and male religious, the CCCB published two booklets: From Pain to Hope: Report from the Ad Hoc Committee on Child Sexual Abuse and Breach of Trust: Breach of Faith. From Pain to Hope, a small wine-covered booklet, sports a picture of a weed growing out of a crack in a rock and reaching up toward the sunlight. Here it is acknowledged that “the Church has lost a great deal of credibility over the past few years due to these scandals and the suspicion that there were attempts to conceal these intolerable acts,” and advises that the Church should “call its members to unite with those who condemn such forms of aggression.” One of the guiding principles underlying the final recommendations is “carefully avoiding any word or gesture that risks dissuading someone from carrying out his or her duty of reporting a case of child sexual abuse.”

Breach of Faith, a glossy blue-covered compilation of materials for workshop discussions, sports a large crack running diagonally across the cover and, according to the introduction, is designed to increase awareness of sexual abuse and “promote actions that will purge this evil from society and the Church.”

Despite the Ad Hoc Committee’s strong tendency to broaden the issue at hand well beyond that of clerical homosexual predators, coupled with its modernist overtones and heavy reliance on the blatantly pro-homosexual pro-feminist Winter Commission Report (a three-volume report compiled by an Anglican at the bequest of then Archbishop Penney of St. John’s, Newfoundland in response largely to the Mount Cashel boys orphanage scandals), the overall intent of the CCCB sounded good: avoid “any word or gesture that risks dissuading someone from carrying out his or her duty of reporting a case of child sexual abuse,” “unite with those who condemn such forms of aggression,” and “promote actions which will purge this evil from our society.”

However, the dirty dark secrets oozing into the light of day in Cornwall belie those stated good intentions, and put into serious question the intention of the bishops individually or collectively to “purge this evil from our society.”

The Nightmare Begins

In September 1993, almost one full year after D.S. first took his allegations against Father Charlie to the Cornwall Police, Perry Dunlop, a young, fresh-faced, clean-cut Roman Catholic police officer (a convert to the Faith in 1991), inadvertently stumbled upon the D.S. victim’s statement. To his dismay, he quickly discovered that: (a) the file was lying dormant; (b) the victim, had reputedly made a monetary settlement with the diocese and asked that the case be dropped; (c) other victims had been discovered and no investigation conducted into the new allegations; and (d) contrary to routine police procedure, the file was being secreted. For Dunlop, the allegations in the victim’s statement were believable and extremely disturbing. He believed they warranted scrutiny and investigation. Furthermore, Father Charlie was his parish priest, had officiated at his wedding, baptised his first daughter and was still functioning as a priest with free and unlimited access to children.

Dunlop finally realized that the complaint was going nowhere. However, he also realized that the Ontario Child and Family Services Act requires professionals such as police officers to report suspected cases of child abuse to the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) “despite the provisions of any other act,” so he copied the victim’s statement and eventually turned it over to the CAS. Unbeknownst to him, that decisive act started the ball rolling. When the statement was later leaked to the media by an unknown source (Dunlop denies it was he), the lid started to come off the garbage can. And, from that moment on, things have never been the same for Perry Dunlop, his stalwart and highly supportive wife Helen, their three little girls, or the unassuming family-oriented community of Cornwall.

The Persecution

In those six years, despite a strong and constantly growing base of support, the Dunlops have been vilified, ostracized, ridiculed, and scorned, often by clergy and fellow Catholics. D.S. sued the Cornwall Police for breach of trust when his victim’s statement got to the media. He reached an out-of-court settlement. He had also launched a suit against Perry when he was led to believe Perry was the bad guy. He later dropped the charges. Perry’s own police force charged him with discreditable conduct for releasing the victim’s statement to the CAS. A Board of Inquiry was conducted: he was cleared. The ruling was appealed. Again he was exonerated. Throughout this ordeal, the beleaguered constable was forced to go on stress leave for three years. Bad enough. But then there were the death threats: death threats directed at Perry and Helen, and, unbelievable as it seems, death threats to their little girls. In the latter instance, a woman was formally charged after leaving a message on the Dunlops’ answering machine threatening to kill their eldest daughter, then all of six-years-old. The woman entered a plea of guilty and received one year probation. Incredibly, the woman was tried, convicted, sentenced and foot-loose and fancy-free on the streets before the Dunlops learned from a neighbour that the case had even gone to court. No chance then to make a victim impact statement in court. No chance to beg the court to impose a restraining order to keep the woman away from their home and their daughter’s school. They lived in fear.

And still the drama unfolded. There were no less than three investigations into the dealings of the Cornwall Police regarding a “cover-up.” An internal investigation discovered no wrongdoing. A second investigation conducted by the Ottawa Police also cleared the Force. And yet a third investigation conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police again cleared the Cornwall Police. In time, Perry launched a 1.25 million-dollar lawsuit against a number of parties including several police officers, the Cornwall Police, and the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. No one from the justice-oriented CCCB offered to aid the beleaguered Dunlops move “from pain to hope.” Nor did the CCCB “call its members to unite with those who condemn such forms of aggression.”
The Years of Turbulence: More Scandal

While the legal quagmire played itself out in the media, other bizarre events were coming to light. A lawyer instrumental in securing the financial settlement for D.S. was charged with obstruction of justice (he pleaded guilty and received an absolute discharge). And Claude Shaver, police chief at the time the deal went through, publicly claimed he had been so incensed when he found out about the Church’s deal and the fact that Father Charlie was still functioning in a parish that he went right to Archbishop Carlo Curis, the Papal Nuncio, with his concerns. Some wonder why this action was delayed, and why it transpired after the cat was out of the bag, i.e., five weeks after the deal was signed and one week after Perry turned the victim’s statement over to the CAS. Regardless, action was taken and, without explanation, Father Charlie suddenly disappeared from the parish and was off to Southdown, a rehabilitation centre for clergy and religious, for assessment.

Shortly thereafter, Police Chief Shaver announced his early retirement, and, shortly after that announcement, Father’s close friend, the 49-year-old probation officer accused alongside him in the D.S. victim’s statement, committed suicide. (Last year a second probation officer committed suicide. He had previously been charged and convicted and was again under investigation for committing other sexual offences). And, on the 1st of March 1994, the local Children’s Aid Society addressed a letter to Father Charles MacDonald advising that after a “thorough investigation and careful consideration of all available information, the Society has concluded there is sufficient information to support a finding that you sexually molested [D.S.] when he was a child.” Two years passed. Finally, in 1996, Father Charlie was charged. In short, those were turbulent years.

As this very public drama played out, not once did the Bishop or any official from the Diocesan Centre step forward to enquire as to the Dunlops’ spiritual, physical and financial well-being.

As the turmoil and scandal increased, so too did the Dunlops’ resolve to see justice done, and so did the numbers of young men who courageously stepped forward to recount their allegations of molestation by the same Father Charlie. There were difficulties even with that step. Perry’s brother-in-law, Carson Chisholm, recounts how he had personally accompanied one of Father Charlie’s victims to the Cornwall police station and was shocked to find that every policeman in the office refused to “touch, take or even look at” the written allegations against Father Charlie by a new victim. That hurdle was surmounted and, as mentioned previously, charges were finally laid against Father Charlie in 1996. In January 1998, following a lengthy preliminary hearing, the court determined that there was sufficient evidence in seven counts of indecent assault on three former altar boys for Father Charlie to be tried. He has pleaded not guilty: the case has yet to go to trial. Meanwhile Father was back in court this year facing another raft of charges in yet another preliminary hearing. He awaits the judge’s decision on those allegations.

But there is more to the Cornwall debacle than Father Charlie. As the months, days and hours roll by, Perry and Helen listen and sometimes cry as one distraught victim after another arrives on their door step, or picks up the phone, to unburden his painful memories of molestation at the hands of a sexual predator. In those six years, the Dunlops have amassed both a wealth of information about the sordid underworld of molestation and a burgeoning who’s who for that dark underside of Cornwall and its “particular church,” the Diocese of Alexander-Cornwall.

Prime Suspects / “The Clan”

In time, the Dunlops became convinced that a ring of pedophiles, “the clan,” was operative in the city stretching vertically within the Church and horizontally into the community. Although some of the alleged suspects were married men, and some molested young girls, they had one thing in common a depraved sexual interest in young boys, their predatory activities ranging from fondling to sodomy. Armed with reams of information, the pair became relentless in their attempts to see justice done and childhood innocence protected. Silence or rebuffs were the order of the day. Oftentimes the daunting task seemed futile, but there was no turning back. That’s not their way. Besides, there were, and are, children, at risk. The information was given to police. Nothing.

Time and again the undaunted duo unloaded mountains of files, naming names and citing evidence, on any and all influential persons who would give them the time of day. Finally, in April 1997, in desperation and as a last resort, the whole sorry mess of sordid material was deposited with Charles Harnick, Ontario’s Attorney General, and also with the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services, a sort of police force watchdog in the offices of Bob Runciman, the Solicitor General.

Initially, the Dunlops’ persistence and perseverance seemed to have paid off. The Ontario Provincial Police was back in on the deal, and, several months later, in August 1997, Project Truth, an investigative team comprising one inspector and four detectives, was formed to investigate the Dunlops’ persistent charge of a pedophile ring. The Dunlops understood that the names of suspects and corroborating evidence had been transmitted in its totality to the team. Not so. In July 1998, eleven months after Project Truth began, charges were laid against seven men. The Dunlops were confused and less than impressed. The names of many prominent suspects contained in their files were not on the list. Only then did they discover that, according to the Project Truth team, the full package of documentation had not been received from provincial authorities (i.e., the Attorney General and Solicitor General’s office). The missing information was crucial to a thorough investigation and at the heart of the allegations of a pedophile ring. Again Perry turned over a full package of the information, this time directly to Project Truth. The accompanying receipt is signed by a Detective Sergeant with the team and reads:

31 July 1998

Received from Constable Perry Dunlop of the Cornwall Police Service –

Four volumes of documents marked “Submission by Constable P. Dunlop, of the Cornwall Police Service.”

The Ontario Provincial Police “Project Truth Investigators” never received the full package that was delivered to the Office of the Attorney General, or the Office of the Solicitor General, Ontario Civilian Commission on Policing Services that was hand delivered on the 8th of April 1997 to the said offices by Constable Perry Dunlop.

Now, a full twenty months after Project Truth was formed to investigate allegations of a pedophile ring, a total of twelve men has been charged. Only a few of those charged to date were named by the Dunlops, the others were unfamiliar to them and seem to have sprung from new allegations stemming from the vast publicity surrounding the probe. Recently, for a second time, there was word that the probe was wrapping up. Presumably its mission is accomplished.

The three investigative hands-on members of the team are now busy preparing themselves and their files for the imminent raft of court cases. Since a hands-on investigative detective must be present in each court case to assist the Crown Attorney, it is logical to assume that no serious investigative work is being conducted. Here the disconcerting bottom line is that, unless this skeleton staff receives reinforcements, there is no hope that further charges will be forthcoming. And twenty months later, Perry and Helen watch and wait in disbelief as a number of suspects known to them predominantly clergy remain at large.

Not once has the diocese offered to help the Dunlops “purge this evil from our society.”

The Gag Order

What’s going on?

The plot thickens . . .

To say this dark drama smacks of a cover-up of monumental proportions is putting it mildly. The magnitude of the cover-up can best be grasped by honing in on three aspects of the Cornwall nightmare: (1) the hush money (2) the allegations of clerical debauchery, and (3) the Fort Lauderdale connection. And more scandal . . .

Let’s go back a few years.

When Perry first stumbled upon D.S.’s allegation against Father Charlie and Ken Seguin (the probation officer) he had no idea that he was about to blow the lid off an agreement crafted to keep the sordid allegations against Father Charlie under wraps and the priest’s good reputation intact. And given that he hadn’t the faintest idea that such an agreement existed, he certainly had not the slightest inkling that it was crafted by two Roman Catholic lawyers (one diocesan) who would themselves, several years hence, face formal criminal charges for sexually abusing young boys.

Here’s the way the scenario played out.

In the Fall of 1993, Perry was told the investigation into allegations against Father Charlie had been terminated because the victim had received a monetary settlement. As mentioned previously, Perry took action and went to the CAS based on that fact alone: he had no idea there were strings attached to the deal. By early January 1994 the media had latched onto the story and word was out in the public domain that the diocese had made a $32,000 payout to an alleged victim. Some were saying the deal was hush money, which silenced D.S. and precluded any legal action regarding his allegations against Father Charlie.

The denials began.

A gag order was flatly denied by Jacques Leduc, a 43-year-old diocesan lawyer, canon lawyer and longtime member of the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Leduc admitted there was a financial settlement, but insisted it was never the intention of the diocese to keep D.S. from speaking to police. Bishop Eugene Larocque also denied a gag order. But he acknowledged the payout. According to Larocque, he had initially been opposed to it (the payout) and had even consulted some of his fellow bishops (unnamed) who all said “Don’t give in.” However, the Bishop explained that, he “gave in” and “reluctantly” made the payout because D.S. “had a considerable bill of counselling charges for a psychologist, and he needed help.” The bishop also stressed to the media that he did not believe the priest committed an assault. The implication to one and all was that an unstable D.S. had lied about being molested, coerced money from charitable and empathetic diocesan officials, and was now lying about a gag order.

Meanwhile, an angry and fearful D.S. insisted that he had never asked the diocese for money, all he wanted was an apology. The money, he said, was offered after he confronted Church officials with his allegations, and was accepted only when he realized that the police investigation seemed to be going nowhere. He likewise insisted that the settlement contained a gag order. It became their word against his.
When the contents of the legal document entered the public domain, they did indeed contain a gag order. The document, addressed to “Father Charles MacDonald and to the Most Reverend Eugene P. Larocque, Bishop, and to his successors and assigns, and to the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall in Ontario,” contains the following clauses:

In addition to the aforesaid release and for said consideration, I hereby undertake not to take any legal proceedings, civil or criminal, against any of the parties hereto and will immediately terminate any actions that may now be in process.

In addition to the aforesaid release and for the said consideration I further hereby undertake not to disclose or permit disclosure directly or indirectly of any of the terms of this settlement or of any of the events alleged to have occurred. Breach of this undertaking will constitute a breach of settlement agreement as evidenced by this release and I will refund all amounts paid to me forthwith.

And for the said consideration, I further agree not to make claim or take any proceeding or participate in same, against any other person or corporation who might claim contribution or indemnity under the provisions of the Negligence Act and the Amendments thereto from the person, persons or corporations discharged from this release.

There seemed to be little hope that Church officials were “carefully avoiding any word or gesture that risks dissuading someone from carrying out his or her duty of reporting a case of child sexual abuse.”

The agreement, dated the 2nd of September 1993, was signed by D.S. and his lawyer Sean Adams. It had been brokered by Father Charlie’s lawyer, Malcolm MacDonald. And diocesan lawyer Jacques Leduc was in on the deal. The same Jacques Leduc who, on behalf of the Diocese, had so adamantly denied the gag order and made D.S. look like a pathological liar. Bishop Larocque called a press conference and shades of Police Chief Shaver quickly attempted to exonerate himself. The Bishop explained that he had made his previous statement denying the gag order “in accord with instructions received from our Diocesan counsel,” and that “I have since learned that the signed release does in fact rule out both civil and criminal action.” The Bishop then encouraged D.S. to go to the police with his allegations. D.S. was not impressed. “This is the way he’s dealt with me all along. I was the victim and all he’s done is make me look like a liar,” said D.S., who believed that Bishop Laroque’s turnaround came “a year too late.”

Following exposure of the fiasco, Jacques Leduc’s legal services with the diocese terminated, but his name still appears as a member of the Diocesan Tribunal. And Malcolm MacDonald, a former Crown Attorney, was charged with obstruction of justice, pleaded guilty, and received an absolute discharge.

The Criminal Charges

In June of 1998, nearly five years after the financial settlement with its gag order was signed, sealed and delivered, Jacques Leduc former legal counsel for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, former chair of the local Roman Catholic School Board, and longtime member of the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal was charged with four counts of sexual assault, four of sexual exploitation, two of procuring the services of someone under age, and one each of sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching. And still his name appeared as a member of the Tribunal. In March of 1999 four more charges were laid against Jacques Leduc.

There’s more. In March of 1999, nearly two full years after Project Truth commenced its investigation, Malcolm MacDonald was formally charged with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency. This is the same Malcolm MacDonald who was Knighted into the elite Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitallers, in October 1993 mere weeks after the gag order was signed and sealed. This papal honour was conferred upon “Brother Malcolm MacDonald” in recognition of his achievements and contributions to his community.

Perry’s brother-in-law Carson Chisholm tells how he once managed to gain access to Bishop Eugene Larocque to try to get the Bishop to sign a petition. The petition affirmed that Perry did the right thing in reporting the D.S. case to the CAS. Not only did Bishop Larocque refuse to sign the petition, he told Chisholm that Perry Dunlop should be punished for what he did.

Allegations of Clerical Debauchery

As the allegations of sexual molestation, legal misdemeanours, and cover-up proliferated, a married middle-aged man now residing in the United States was determining to wipe his own slate clean. He had been involved with “the clan” himself, first as a young boy and later as an adult. According to the Ottawa Sun, “Richard” stepped into the fray because “This thing has been eating me alive inside-out. I think about it every single day.” He was even willing to incriminate himself, recognizing only too well that in the process, the police “are probably going to put the screws to me.” But he wanted to clean the slate.

So, in November 1996 Richard signed an affidavit. The information and allegations contained therein are extremely damning for a number of highly-respected individuals and, if verified, leave no doubt that a ring of molesters has been operating in Cornwall for a number of years. According to Richard, a number of Cornwall men are part of a “clan” of pedophiles. He names them. And, it’s a shocker. The names include those of several prominent men and a number of Roman Catholic clergy. A few of the suspects are now deceased, others are functioning in various capacities in their environs.

Richard alleges that he attended clan parties and witnessed “sexual improprieties, molestation, fondling, oral sex, intercourse (anal) between the above-named ‘clan’ members and minors through the period of 1957 or 1958 to 1993.” He numerically names some of those who attended the parties, concluding with #34: “Male prostitutes both adults and juveniles, altar boys and several others.” He recalls one party which included “a ceremonious ritual of candles in the Altar Boys rectums with sheets over them. These Altar Boys were walking around with the candle in the rectum and sheets over them with no clothes on, during this ceremony, several members of the clergy were fondling these boys and molesting them.” He continues, “all of the aforementioned priests committed illegal, inappropriate and perverse sexual acts against myself as a minor.” He also talks of a cache of pornographic pictures of young Cornwall boys taken with a Polaroid camera, and he recounts events leading up to Ken Seguin’s death.

Richard alleges that the clan had a number of meeting places, most of them in or around Cornwall. But an important point the clan also met in the United States. According to the affidavit, clan members travelled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a fairly regular basis where they would frequent an area called Birch Avenue and a certain motel which he names.

The information contained in this eight-page legal document, which names names and references a specific motel on the ‘pedophile strip’ in Fort Lauderdale, is now at the core of mounting allegations of a massive cover-up. The motel referenced in the affidavit has been investigated by other interested parties anxious to seek the truth in the allegations, but not by the Ontario Provincial Police or its Project Truth Team.

The Fort Lauderdale Connection

On 18 September 1998, Gary Guzzo (member of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Provincial Government) sent a letter marked Private and Confidential to Premier Mike Harris. Therein Guzzo advises the Premier that contrary to what he (Harris) might be told by his Attorney General and Solicitor General, the Project Truth investigation is not progressing as it should and has not followed up on “volumes of information” turned over to the Attorney General and Solicitor General by Perry Dunlop. He elaborates.

Through his contacts in Cornwall, and with a retired policeman in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Guzzo a Catholic, a lawyer and former judge has kept abreast of the investigation and is very familiar with the intricacies of the Cornwall affair and the allegations of a pedophile ring. He has also, at his own expense, travelled to the United States to speak with people “who signed affidavits and made depositions which were served on our government in April 1997.” He concludes: “I can tell you directly that they are not all lying.” As a result of his own personal research Guzzo has learned that “The people who signed affidavits, who made depositions under oath, some of which are inculpatory in nature, have not been interrogated after one- and-a-half years” and he concludes: “I am 100 per cent certain in my own mind that the former owners and operators of the motel on the pedophile strip in Fort Lauderdale, where the complainants stated they were taken on occasion by some of the perpetrators in the 1970s, have not been interrogated, nor have the motel records been requested by the police doing the investigation.” The letter closes on this ominous note: “I do trust you appreciate my concern for the safety of my family and staff . . .” Copies were sent to Charles Harnick, Attorney General, and Bob Runciman, Solicitor General.

Mr. Guzzo again put pen to paper on 23 February 1999, this time telling the Premier that since his previous communication he (Guzzo) has had occasion to spend ten days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He writes:

I want you to understand how embarrassing it is for me to attempt to answer the pointed questions of a retired police officer with regard to this issue. This man is in contact on a regular basis with individuals who have visited the Fort Lauderdale area to investigate certain aspects of the allegations made by a number of people in the Cornwall area.

The allegations centre around activities in the late 60s to late 70s and the motel records seem to confirm the attendance at a motel on the “pedophile strip” in the Fort Lauderdale area of certain of the victims and in the company of certain of the people named in the complaints by these victims. The information the retired police officer has received, which information has been confirmed by the undersigned, would indicate that certain key people have not yet been interrogated by the Ontario Provincial Police Project Truth Team. These people include complainants, as well as witnesses and at least in one case, a perpetrator, who has signed an affidavit, which affidavit was filed with the Attorney General of this province and the Solicitor General of this province in April 1997. The person making this affidavit continues to state that he has not been interrogated by the Ontario Provincial Police with regard to this issue.

Finally, he reiterates his concern regarding the potential for accusations of a cover-up at the highest levels:

The fact remains that we are approaching two years since the formal delivery of this information to the two ministries in question. The fact remains that this information was available long before it was formally delivered to the two ministries in question. There may be many reasons why some of these people have not been contacted by investigating officers; however, two of the obvious possible reasons must be dispelled immediately!

The letter was copied to Bob Runciman (Solicitor General), Charles Harnick (Attorney General), and Ron McLaughlin (Chief of Staff, Office of the Premier).

With the exception of the Ottawa Sun, Ontario’s print media has been strangely silent on Guzzo’s courageous and bold interjections. Not a boo from The Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star or The National Post.

Strange indeed from a media which delights in political intrigue.

Since Gary Guzzo’s interjection into the Cornwall affair became public, Project Truth has spread the word that Cornwall is caught in the grips of McCarthyism. And, while welcome talk of McCarthyism ripples through the quiet city streets, Mr. Guzzo has been contacted by a couple who allege that their son was sexually assaulted by one of the Dunlops’ prime suspects! The alleged assault occurred between August 1997 – July 1998 while the Attorney General and the Solicitor General’s office sat on explosive evidence evidence which the honourable ministers did not hand over to the Project Truth team commissioned specifically to investigate the Dunlop allegations.

Asked if anyone from the Diocesan office has talked to them throughout this ordeal, Helen emits a wry chuckle: “Talk to us? No, they don’t talk to me. They don’t talk to us. I don’t even think they talk to God.”

Conclusion

Cover-up? Can there be one iota of doubt?

Prime suspects? There are a number on the loose. A number of them are priests. The have access to children.

Do our bishops care?

Breach of Faith: Breach of Trust? Of the highest order.

From Pain to Hope? For the many victims, the pain won’t go away.

For every child who is molested while the cover-up continues, the pain has just begun.

For our suffering Church, the pain continues.

And what of hope?

Catholics of Cornwall hope the whispered rumours are false. They can’t let themselves think otherwise.

The victims hope that somehow truth will prevail. They no longer trust the Church to act. They have little faith in the legal system. Perry and Helen hope that someone somewhere cares enough to ensure that justice prevails. They too have lost faith in the hierarchy of the Church: they unfortunately stopped going to Mass when they realized the magnitude of the problem. Pray for them.

Gary Guzzo hopes his government will act. He was a member of the Board of Directors at St. Brigid’s Summer Camp which came under scrutiny six years ago when its founder, Father Ken Keeler was charged with sexual molestation. Father Keeler pleaded guilty after his trial commenced, but not before damning testimony was introduced regarding the then deceased Bishop John Michael Beahen’s sexual proclivities.

Seven long years ago a troubled young man took his allegations of sexual abuse to Church officials in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. And seven long years ago the bishops of Canada published two glossy-covered booklets sporting pictures of cracks, and rocks, and blooming weeds. Seven long years ago Canadian Catholics trusted that their bishops truly had serious concerns regarding the scandalous, painful and abhorrent problem of clerical molesters; that the bishops really meant it when they called us to “promote actions which will purge this evil from our society”; or when they said the Church should “call its members to unite with those who condemn such forms of aggression”; and when they advised that the Church should avoid “any word or gesture that risks dissuading someone from carrying out his or her duty of reporting a case of child sexual abuse.”

The words sounded so good. However, actions speak louder than words. The bishops have been and are now busy with other “serious” issues. There’s no more talk of purging the evil of clerical molestation from our society and our Church. There hasn’t been for years. Now our “justice”-minded bishops are back to dabbling in economics and high finance. They want the faithful to unite to seek “justice” for countries which have submerged themselves in debt: countries which abort their unborn with abandon, sterilize men and women with alacrity, and offer contraceptives and condoms like candy kisses. No talk now of the mess in their own backyard, or of purging predators from our sanctuaries, just the constant materialistic prattle about something they call “justice” and the dizzying whirl of press releases, signature campaigns, workshops and homilies haranguing one and all to ‘do justice,’ purge the debt and dutifully sign on the dotted line. Meanwhile, the Dunlops are persecuted, sexual predators are on the loose, a molestation which could have been prevented has been reported, and every child and adolescent is at risk.

But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. (St. Matthew 18: 6,7)

Did You Know?

Bishop Eugene Larocque was Dean of the former Christ the King College in London, Ontario between 1965 and 1968 when “Christ” was removed from the Catholic Boy’s College name to give it a more non-denominational appeal. At that time the College was closely affiliated with St. Peter’s Seminary.

The Charges to Date

Father Charles MacDonald (65): fifteen counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.

Arthur Peachy (77), Roman Catholic, family physician, former coroner, team doctor for the Cornwall Royals hockey team, and acting physician for the Cornwall Police: one count of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency.

Harvey Latour (69), owner of a popular city breakfast diner: one count of indecent assault.

George Lawrence (70), organist and former owner of a music store: one count of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency.

Roch Landry (70), former butcher: three counts of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency.

Brother George Edmond (Lionel Carrierre) (78), former teacher in Alexandria: two counts of indecent assault.

Father Paul Lapierre (70), formerly of Cornwall, now of Westmount, Quebec: three counts each of indecent assault and gross indecency.

Father Kenneth Martin (68), formerly of Cornwall, now of Pointe Claire Quebec: two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency.

Jacques Leduc (48), lawyer, legal counsel for the Diocese, canon lawyer, married: five counts of sexual assault, six of sexual exploitation, four of procuring the sexual services of someone under age, and one each of sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

Bernard Sauve (59), entrepreneur: one count each of gross indecency and indecent assault.

A. Malcolm MacDonald (69), Roman Catholic lawyer, former Crown Attorney and Knight of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem: two counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

Jean Luc LeBlanc (54), bus driver: one count of sexual intercourse with a female, one of indecent assault on a female, three counts of sexual touching, two counts of invitation for a sexual purpose, two of gross indecency, one of obtaining sexual services, one of sexual assault on a female and five of sexual assault on a male.

Chronology of Events in the Cornwall Cover-Up

February 1992: D.S. tells Church officials he was molested by Father Charles MacDonald.

09 December 1992: D.S. reports his allegations to Cornwall Police.

28 January 1993: D.S. is interviewed by Cornwall Police.

16 February 1993: D.S.’s victim’s statement is turned in to Cornwall Police.

02 September 1993: The gag order brokered by Malcolm MacDonald is signed. D.S. receives $32,000.

23 September 1993: Constable Perry Dunlop learns of the D.S. allegations.

25 September 1993: Dunlop talks to Richard Abell of the Children’s AID Society.

30 September 1993: Copy of D.S.’s victim’s statement is given to the Children’s Aid Society.

07 October 1993: Police Chief Claude Shaver goes to Papal Nuncio.

12 October 1993: Perry is told he is going to be investigated by his police force.

16 October 1993: Local media report that Malcolm MacDonald was knighted into the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

02 November 1993: Police Chief Claude Shaver announces his early retirement.

25 November 1993: Ken Seguin, the probation officer accused by D.S. commits suicide.

06 January 1994: D.S.’s victim’s statement is leaked to the media.

11 January 1994: Ottawa Police are called in to investigate Cornwall Police handling of the D.S. allegations.

15 January 1994: Jacques Leduc and Bishop Eugene Larocque deny the monetary settlement contains a gag order.

24 January 1994: Bishop Larocque admits the D.S. payoff contains a gag order.

February 1994: Ontario Provincial Police investigates allegations against Father Charles MacDonald and later that year announces it has no grounds to lay charges against him.

01 March 1994: Children’s Aid Society concludes that Father Charles MacDonald molested D.S. as a child..

14 May 1994: Dunlop is charged with discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.

23 September 1994: A Board of Inquiry is held in Ottawa.

31 January 1995: All charges against Dunlop are stayed. The Police Complaints Commission appeals the decision.

07 February 1995: Malcolm MacDonald is charged with obstruction of justice.

12 October 1995: Malcolm MacDonald pleads guilty and receives an absolute discharge.

07 December 1995: Divisional Court dismisses the Police Complaints Commission’s appeal with costs and upholds the Board of Inquiry decision to stay all charges against Dunlop.

11 March 1996: Father Charles MacDonald is charged with seven counts of indecent assault against three former altar boys.

13 November 1996: “Richard” signs an affidavit outlining his first-hand account of a pedophile ring.

08 April 1997: Perry Dunlop deposits documents with the Attorney General and the Office of the Solicitor General, Ontario Civilian Commission on Policing Services.

August 1997: Ontario Provincial Police launch Project Truth.

27 January 1998: Father Charles MacDonald is charged with six more counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.

11 June 1998: Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall attempts to gag Perry Dunlop and his family.

22 June 1998: Jacques Leduc, former legal counsel for the Archdiocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, is charged with twelve counts of sexual assault.

09 July 1998: Project Truth charges seven men with sexual offences which date back thirty years. Superintendent Fougere says Project Truth is scheduled to wrap up in September.

31 July 1998: Perry Dunlop gives Project Truth the missing documents.

18 September 1998: Gary Guzzo sends first letter to Premier Mike Harris.

05 January 1999: A 54-year-old male is charged with 16 counts of sexual assault against males and females between 1986 and 1998.

23 February 1999: Gary Guzzo writes second letter to Premier Mike Harris.

11 March 1999: Malcolm MacDonald is charged with three counts of sexual assault. One other man is charged. Jacques Leduc has four more charges added to the previous 12. Detective Inspector Grassman says he thinks the investigation will wrap up in the summer.

21 March 1999: Gary Guzzo’s letters to Premier Harris are in the public domain.

03 April 1999: Ottawa Sun reports that a couple claim their son was molested by one of the Dunlop’s prime suspects.

Charged and Convicted in 1986

Father Gilles Deslaurier

When Bishop Adolphe Proulx was at the helm of Alexandria-Cornwall Diocese (1967-1974), a priest by the name of Father Gilles Deslaurier served as his Master of Ceremonies and, for a time, lived in the Bishop’s palace. In 1974, when Bishop Proulx was assigned to the neighbouring Archdiocese of Gatineau-Hull, he was replaced by Father Eugene Larocque a priest from the Archdiocese of London, who was consecrated as Bishop of Alexandria.

After Bishop Larocque assumed control of the Diocese, Father Deslaurier helped out with a variety of diocesan activities. He assisted the Bishop with Religious Vocations for the French sector, served on the Liturgical Commission for the French sector, served on the Pastoral Ministry of Priests, and acted as chaplain in the Catholic Secondary School. For a number of years he was placed in charge of the diocese’s French Cursillo and R3, a French youth Cursillo.

In January 1986, the parents of a young man approached Bishop Eugene Larocque alleging that their son had been sexually molested by Father Deslaurier. When no action was taken, the couple went to the Papal Nuncio, then Angelo Palmas. Following that visit, Bishop Larocque carried out an internal investigation, then contacted the couple and promised that Deslaurier would be kept out of active ministry and relocated to receive therapy in the Gatineau-Hull Diocese (then under the helm of Bishop Proulx). The priest resigned on the 13th of February. One week later he was discovered saying Mass in a Hull parish where he was filling in for the ailing parish priest. The couple went public and eventually nine charges of indecent assault against five boys between 1978 and 1984 were laid against Father Deslaurier.

Deslaurier was found guilty and sentenced to two years probation, reporting to a probation officer and Bishop Proulx. Newspapers of the day reported that Bishop Proulx of the Gatineau-Hull Diocese had volunteered to watch over Deslaurier, an offer which the judge said, “indicates a confidence he has in the future of this person.” The media also reported that Cornwall Police Chief Claude Shaver said Bishop Larocque had been less than cooperative during the investigation. Father Deslaurier moved on to St. Adele, Quebec, and then to Vercheres, Quebec. In 1997 the Ottawa Sun learned that Father Deslaurier was under investigation for new sex allegations in St. Adele.

Priests Charged by Project Truth

Father Charles MacDonald (Father Charlie) was a 35-year-old teacher when he decided to become a priest. He attended Ottawa’s University of Saint Paul Seminary where he was known as “the old man” because of his age. He was ordained in Cornwall in 1969 while Adolphe Proulx was Bishop. According to Faith is Our Strength, a 1994 publication recounting the history of Cornwall’s St. Columban’s Parish, the parish youth groups had ceased to function by the mid 1950s. However, in the 60s “assistant pastor Charles MacDonald organized the youth group and later with the help of the young priest Paul Marchese* the group was quite active.”

While Bishop Proulx was at the helm, Father Charlie served on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Later, under Bishop Larocque, he was elected Dean to the Diocesan Consultors and Senate of the Bishop in the government of the Diocese. He was also placed in charge of the English Cursillo movement and COR (Christ in Others Retreat), a weekend retreat with ongoing activities for youth around the ages of 17-21. For several years the entire Cursillo and youth movements of the diocese were in the hands of Fathers Gilles Deslaurier (French sector) and Charles MacDonald (English sector).

*Father Paul Marchese, a New York resident, attended Ottawa’s University of Saint Paul Seminary and was ordained by then Bishop Adolphe Proulx at St. Columban’s in 1973. Marchese was assigned to that parish “until his return to the Albany, N.Y. Diocese in 1978.”

The Orator has learned that Father Marchese created a bit of a sensation in Albany when he showed up in open-neck shirts and tight pants not the order of clerical attire in those days. He was encountered in this attire one day by an individual who did not know or recognize that Marchese was a priest. Marchese was in the company of a male hairdresser whom he identified as his “companion.” According to officials in the Diocese of Albany, Marchese left Albany in January 1984 and some time later left the priesthood. His last known whereabouts were somewhere in Florida.

Fathers Kenneth Martin and Paul Lapierre were both ordained for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall by Bishop Brodeur, the former in 1959, the latter in 1958. They both left the diocese in the early 70’s while Bishop Proulx was in charge. Father Lapierre is a brother of Laurier Lapierre, a self-declared homosexual and former lecturer at London, Ontario’s Christ the King College. Prior to his departure from Cornwall, Father Lapierre served as a member of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission, was responsible for the diocese’s marriage prep. programme, and conducted retreats at Villa Fatima in Alexandria. Father Martin, meanwhile, was in charge of diocesan catechetics and served as director of la Sainte-Enfance. The 1973 directory of priests shows both priests residing in Montreal at a common address. At that time, Martin was functioning as a student (he later assumed pastoral responsibilities in the Montreal diocese), and Lapierre was active at St. Jacques Church on St. Catherine Street. Both have retained their incardination in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall while carrying out priestly duties in the Montreal Archdiocese, each eventually assuming pastoral responsibilities in the wealthy English-speaking sectors of the Montreal Archdiocese. Although absent from the Alexandria-Cornwall, it is known that at least Father Lapierre occasionally returned to minister to the flock, witness the following quote from Faith regarding parish missions at St. Columban’s:

Forty hours devotions took place annually with special guest homilists such as Corbin Eddy, a Sulpician priest who was present for the devotions in November 1982 [Father Eddy is now a priest and liturgist in the Archdiocese of Ottawa]. A year earlier, Father Paul Lapierre conducted a successful week-long mission which included homilies each evening from Sunday to Thursday.

Our tongue-tied bishops’ politically-correct response
to clerical homosexual predators

In the late 1980s, a spate of sexual abuse charges was levelled against a number of Newfoundland’s diocesan clergy; these were accompanied by revelations of the years of sexual molestation endured by boys at St. John’s Mount Cashel orphanage. To quell demands for action after years of cover-up, Archbishop Penney of St. John’s, Newfoundland commissioned an Enquiry headed by an Anglican, the Honourable Gordon A. Winter, the former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland. The four other members of the Commission were Sister Nuala P. Kenny, Father Everett MacNeil, Francis G. O’Flaherty, and John A. Scott PhD. The results of the Commission’s efforts were released in 1990 in the three-volume Winter Commission Report.

The Report is a disturbing read in that it quickly becomes apparent that the Commission went to great lengths to shift its focus from the obvious homosexual dimension of the problem at hand. It did acknowledge that its focus on sexual abuse was “the involvement of male children in any form of sexual activity with members of the Roman Catholic clergy.” It also acknowledged that: the cases before it were homosexual in nature; the clerical predators of Newfoundland “engaged in homosexual behaviour by preference”; the boys involved were at least 12 years old when the sexual abuse started and there was therefore “no compelling evidence of classical pedophilia,”; some of the “perpetrators were sexually active with a number of adolescent male partners at any given time” and “also appear to be homosexual,”and; approximately 30% of the diocesan clergy were “homosexual in orientation.” However, despite these stated observations which were categorized as “a statistical anomaly” the Commission refrained from delving into the sphere of homosexuality and completely avoided Church teaching on the subject. Instead, rather than focus on the startling fact that 30% of the clergy had an orientation which is in itself “objectively disordered,” and that a number of Roman Catholic clergy with an “objectively disordered” sexual orientation were actively practising homosexuals, and that a number of the latter were preying on and sexually molesting adolescent males, the Commission chose to take the politically-correct route. So, among other things, the politically-correct Commission indicated that it was disturbed by the “climate of homophobia” in the Archdiocese of St. John’s, advised that this needs to be addressed “if society is to avoid the unnecessary stigmatization of a significant portion of humankind,” and recommended that “Education programmes should direct public attitudes towards a healthy understanding of sexuality with concomitant goals of discouraging sexual stereotyping and homophobia.” In short, the Commission sidestepped the real issue, that of predatory clerical homosexuals. Instead, it took the opportunity to rely on “feminist experience,” bash the patriarchal structure of the Church, and broaden its study to the “larger social issue of child sexual abuse.”

The final Report evoked accolades from Canadian bishops and became akin to their bible on sexual abuse.

The CCCB Steps in

The same year the Report was released yet another clerical sexual scandal of monumental proportions was erupting in Ontario. A number of priests and Brothers were charged when former residents of reform schools run by the Christian Brothers in Alfred and Uxbridge alleged they had been sexually molested while at the schools. This time the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) stepped in to do damage control. An Ad Hoc committee comprising Andr‚ Boyer (Chief of Social Services for Laval, Quebec School Boards), Rita Cadieux (former Deputy-Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission who was actively involved with the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the UN Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities), Father Gerald Copeman (priest from Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, active with Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, diocesan director of Cursillo, President of the National Federation of Councils of Priests), Sr. Nuala Patricia Kenny (pediatrician, Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax and Chief of Pediatrics at the Isaac Walton Killam Hospital for Children in Halifax), Archbishops Roger bacher (Gatineau-Hull, Quebec), Adam Exner OMI (Vancouver, British Columbia) and James MacDonald csc (St. John’s, Newfoundland) was established to address the situation. The committee was chaired by Archbishop bacher who described sexual molestation as “a form of misconduct.”

The Ad Hoc Committee relied on Father Frank Morrissey OMI and Mr.Paul McAuliffe to chair two of its four work groups. Father Morrisey, who enjoys worldwide repute in the field of Canon Law and has been known to offer canonical assistance to dioceses rocked by scandal, believes and lectures that child molesters are not “moral degenerates,” that child molestation is akin to alcoholism which was once viewed as sinful and is now understood to be a disease, that sexual molestation isn’t grounds to defrock a priest, and that it is not “responsible stewardship” to throw away the $250,000 investment that goes into cost of ordaining a Catholic priest. Paul McAuliffe, a worker with the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, was actually invited onto the Committee after making known his modernist criticisms of the patriarchal structures of the Church and his equally modernist opinion that it is the Church’s misuse of power which “seems” to support child abuse. He was also a known member of the homosexual-friendly Coalition of Concerned Canadian Catholics.

McAuliffe and Father Morrissey, with their two confreres Dr. Jeannine Guindon (professional psychotherapist) and Father Jacques Gagn‚ OMI (former rector at Ottawa’s University of St. Paul Seminary), hammered out guidelines with the able assistance of yet another team of “collaborators.” 1 Included were three interesting personages: Father John Loftus SJ, director of Southdown Centre, a facility which treats clergy and religious with problems of sexuality and/or addiction (Southdown is known to be homosexual-friendly); David McCann, the controversial victim from the Alfred scandal who helped the AIDS Committee of Toronto with its fundraising; and, Father Peter O’Hanley, a priest charged and found guilty of sexual molestation.

The Ad Hoc Committee studied, lauded and was influenced by the Winter Commission Report. In June of 1992 its report, From Pain to Hope, was published by the CCCB. The Report included recommendations that legal fees incurred by priests charged with sexual molestation be picked up by the diocese (read: your contributions) and proposed ways to reintegrate convicted clerical molesters into parishes.

Breach of Trust: Breach of Faith, a compilation of “educational materials” for the general public divided into five study sessions, was published simultaneously. Here we really see what the Ad Hoc Committee is all about. The five study sessions were designed “as a tool for raising awareness and promoting education on all aspects of child sexual abuse.” These consciousness-raising materials quote extensively from the Winter Commission Report, resort to New Age imagery, breathing, visualization and role-playing techniques, suggest that the definition of family “must take into account single parents, common-law relationships and other emerging styles of family life,” promote the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and advance the feminist philosophy that the sexual abuse of children “is perpetuated by ignoring the prevalence of patriarchy in our society.” Like the Winter Commission Report, the Ad Hoc Committee completely avoids Church teaching on homosexuality and takes great pains to ensure that homosexuality retains the acceptable moral and legal status it has acquired in the secular world.

Nowhere in any of these reports and guidelines does one find commonsense guidelines which would guarantee a reduction in the cases of sexual assault by predatory clergy and help to restore faith in the Church, i.e.: compel seminaries to screen-out males with a “homosexual” “sexual orientation”; ensure that any seminarian known to engage in homosexual activity with adults, adolescents or boys is thrown out of the seminary and those engaging in illegal activities are reported to the authorities; defrock all priests who are known homosexuals, and; defrock priests who have been charged and convicted of sexual molestation. Only when such guidelines emerge from the mouths of our tongue-tied bishops will Catholics believe their bishops will purge sexual predators from the ranks of the clergy and bank ‘zero tolerance’ for clerical sexual perversion in all its abhorrent and immoral manifestations. Then, and only then, will Canadian Catholics believe that our bishops truly want to eradicate sexual perversion from the Church, protect children, and restore the sacred dignity of the priesthood.

Footnote

Stephen Amesse (then a Senate Research Assistant, ordained to the priesthood at St. Patrick’s Basilica, Ottawa, April 1999 at age 41),

Jeffrey King (then an Ottawa lawyer and staunch supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada, recently ordained to the priesthood at Ottawa’s St. Patrick’s Basilica at age 58),

Dr. Jocelyn Aubut (psychiatrist),

Charlene Belleau (sexual abuse research coordinator for the Cariboo Tribal Council in British Columbia),

Dr. John Bradford (Ottawa physician who regularly assesses perpetrators of sexual crimes),

Colette Brown (member of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society and specialist in work groups for the treatment of sexual abuse),

Sister Marie-Paule (canon lawyer and vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Gasp‚, Quebec),

Father Michael Doiron SJ (superior of the Jesuit community in Ottawa),

Brian Dunn (barrister and solicitor and board member of Catholic Charities of Toronto),

Marguerite Evans (nurse),

Dr. Francis Forde (psychologist with “longtime experience counselling seminarians”),

Adrian Hewitt (Ottawa lawyer),

Elizabeth Lugo (member of the Toronto Metropolitan School Board),

William Malone (Superintendent of Wellington County Separate School Board, Ontario),

Father Anthony Mancini (coordinator of Ministry to Priests Program for the Archdiocese of Montreal),

Sister Mary McDevitt IHM, (Pastoral Consultant for Toronto Children’s Aid Society and former spiritual counsellor at Southdown Centre),

Dr. A.M. McFarthing (Sudbury, Ontario physician),

Marcellina Mian (physician and Director of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program at Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital),

Father Michael O’Reilly (Canon Law professor at Ottawa’s University of Saint Paul),

Father Marc Ouellet PSS (rector at the major Seminary of Montreal),

Father Roch Pag‚ (Canon Law professor at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University),

Father L Pigeon OMI (retired professor with the Faculty of Education at University of Ottawa),

Father Terrence Prendergast SJ (then professor at Regis College in Toronto’s St. Michael’s University, now Bishop of Halifax),

Msgr. Jean-Marc Robillard (director of formation for future priests with the Diocese of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec),

Dr. Gilles Schrer (psychiatrist at the Institut Pinel de Montreal).

Leneen Forde Interview 4 Corners.
Interview with Leneen Forde

This is an edited transcript of an interview conducted by Four Corners reporter Quentin McDermott with Leneen Forde, the Griffith University Chancellor and Head of the 1997 Forde Inquiry which examined whether there had been any abuse, mistreatment or neglect of children in more than 150 institutions throughout Queensland from 1911 until the present day.

The following is an edited interview transcript. Due to the possibility of mis-hearing, the ABC cannot vouch for

Leneen, why were children put into institutional care in the first place?

Usually they were put into care because they’d lost a parent; of the 300 people that came forward to the enquiry, nearly everyone still had one parent alive, but they couldn’t afford to keep them themselves – there was no child support in those days, or else perhaps they were mentally ill and unable to care for their children so they came under the care of the state. Some of them were put into corrective institutions because they might’ve been a little bit wild in their youth; some of the girls particularly were running away from abusive situations in their own home and really shouldn’t have been in – locked up for it, but they were sort of blamed as being uncontrollable.

Despite the fact that they were put into care, it was still the case wasn’t it, that sometimes parents had to actually pay for the upkeep?

Yes, I think everybody was charged a fee and we heard of one case where a sole father got so far into debt he owed 50 or 80 pounds to the government for the care of his children and he just ran away and they never saw him again.

Leneen, how traumatic was it for children to go to court and then be sent to one of these homes and maybe not have a very good welcome when they got there?

Well some of them would never recover from the traumatic experience I’m sure. I did see a 7 year old in court one time, so it did happen that very young people came before the courts.

Was it simply accepted in those days that that’s what happened to children?

I don’t think people knew that they were going to court. I think they just thought it was another place, you know – out of sight, out of mind – and a lot of good people would go by these places and never realise what was going on inside.

Now you heard from a wide range of witnesses, and were you shocked by what you discovered in this enquiry?

I certainly was. I knew that there was a problem, because I’d read about problems in other places in other countries and when I took it on, I knew there were going to be some sad stories, but they were really harrowing tales – some of them, and terrible abuse for some children, and, and very hard for them to tell their story – very distressing for them, for the staff listening to them day after day. We had court reporters who would record everything, and they were only lasting two days at a time. They go to court and listen to a murder trial for 2, 3, 4 weeks or longer – but they say it’s just one story that they’re listening to. Here, they were hearing four terrible tales a day and finding it very hard to cope with.

In very general terms, how good or bad were the Salvation Army homes?

They were as bad as some of the other places that we’ve heard about, yes. It was a very strict regime and children need nurturing and caring people.

Did the boys and girls in Salvation Army homes receive any kind of real care and affection?

Not from the stories that we heard, but we didn’t hear from everybody that went through those homes. There were some practices that just seemed very hard to understand, for instance the girls going into Kalimna were put into solitary right away on arrival – it was like an induction process and that’s a kind of drastic way to introduce somebody into a new regime.

Was solitary confinement properly regulated and approved by the authorities?

Not that I know of, but it happened and we heard about it time and again…

Now, not only were the girls at Kalimna put into solitary confinement as an induction, but we’ve heard from one former girl who says she was put into solitary confinement for something like 5 ½ months. Now, is there any way at all that kind of confinement – that kind of imprisoning of a child can be justified?

I don’t think so. I’ve never been in solitary confinement so I can’t say how awful it is, but it certainly seems very hard on a young person that has no idea how long they’re going to be kept there. Sometimes they didn’t know why they were there.

Well it’s not far off torture really, is it?

That’s right. And young children really in institutions – it’s just not a good thing for them. It’s so much better if they can be cared for another way and I think even today with children of the refugees who are confined – who’s really watching out for them? Who’s looking after them?

At Kalimna, one of the things the girls had to do was work in a very hot, steamy laundry with hot irons, and some of them complained about being injured in the process. What was your impression of that laundry and why did they have to work there?

Just seemed to be the thing they were doing in those days. It wasn’t the only place that had a laundry – they had a laundry at Holy Cross Convent.

So was it essentially cheap labour?

Couldn’t be much cheaper than free. It certainly was cheap labour – they didn’t get paid anything.

Just to move onto the other homes where we’ve interviewed people. Riverview was a farm as I understand it. Did the boys at Riverview work on the farm as a form of cheap labour, or was it a proper kind of training environment for them?

Well I guess it was cheap labor, but people at that time probably thought they were teaching them something that would be useful to them later on in life – manual labour was good to keep children out of trouble – that sort of thing. But it was a very dilapidated place and there were a lot of complaints about it but still ran for quite a few years.

One witness we’ve interviewed from Riverwood talked about a stock whip being used to beat the children with.

We heard stories like that – not just from there, but we certainly did hear stories of very brutal physical abuse as well as sexual abuse in some cases, but it’s hard to imagine. Think back to the 50’s and 60’s and you know people maybe got the cuts at school or the strap for something, but people weren’t horse whipped. Certainly that was not acceptable at any time, to horse whip a child for goodness sakes, no… I just know that from witnesses we heard all kinds of harrowing stories that you found hard to believe when it was just one story, but when you heard the same story from one person after another, you had to give credence to it.

How bad was the sexual abuse at these homes?

Any sexual abuse of a child has to be pretty horrific, and it didn’t happen all the time, but in the different institutions they would get one perpetrator, or some volunteers would come in to help and they were inclined to be paedophiles and certainly the children were very badly affected. We were told by psychologists that advised us that a child in a normal home who’s sexually abused and has a loving relationship in the home will never forget what happened to them. They’ll grow up just the same as everybody else and live with it and it’s just a memory. But children in homes that were sexually abused had no-one to complain to – no-one to love them, no-one to say It’ll be all right, dear and it won’t happen again, because it would happen again. Some of those people who came forward were favourites of certain abusers and the terrible stories we heard were very hard – not only to listen to but hard for the people to come forward and tell their stories. It affects them all their lives. We had one man come to us who couldn’t go to a doctor cause he couldn’t take his clothes off – can you imagine?

Leneen, just on the sexual abuse – we’ve certainly heard from witnesses who talk about sexual abuse by older boys on younger boys by actual officers and volunteers – even by people coming in occasionally off the street. Did you hear that kind of evidence?

Certainly. Every one of those scenarios we heard about. I don’t know that there was any screening of people coming to take children out for a weekend – you just put your hand up and said I’ll have a little boy or I’ll have 2 or 3, and the authorities seemed quite willing to let the children go. It was a different era of course where people weren’t as aware of the dangers to children. Certainly I feel after we conducted the enquiry that it seemed to bring a lot of that sort of behaviour to notice of people, so that just about every other day now you read in the paper somebody’s been taken to court for being a paedophile. But in the 50’s and 60’s you didn’t hear about it as much, I don’t think, and so perhaps good people that were running some of these organisations had no idea of what was happening to the children as they were being taken out. But, in many cases there were abusers working in the institutions too – it was a great place for a paedophile to, to work. A lot of institutions would be OK most of the time and then one of these people would come and work there, so that we’d hear about a certain period of time for an institution where there was a problem. I should say there were some places better run than others but sometimes you’d get really an evil person that was in charge, and then the abuse would run right through the whole organisation, and even if there was a good and caring worker there, a whistle-blower say, they’d usually get sacked.

Did you hear evidence of actual paedophile rings?

We had some evidence, but not enough to really follow it right through.

According to your report, the superintendent of a Salvation Army home in the 1970’s claimed that liberal use of corporal punishment was being carried out with tacit approval of the department. Is that true, do you think?

It could be, so I wouldn’t disagree with that, but I don’t know for sure.

What were the key recommendations of your enquiry and have they been followed through?

Here in Queensland, most of the recommendations have been followed through. The key ones were more money should be put into the department that was caring for children and that has happened, but certainly not enough. The department’s still understaffed. Society has to value its children more – certainly as much as football stadiums anyhow, and the department has put some money into a fund to try to better the lives of people that went through those institutions. Again, they could do more. The main thing was that it should never happen again and that there should be safeguards – people should be checking on children – make sure that they’re all right when they’re taken into care of the state. We certainly would never recommend institutional care again – they’re better off with foster parents, but the foster parents have to be well screened and children have to be interviewed separately – away from the person that’s looking after them. You know people used to send inspectors out to these institutions, but I don’t know that they ever talked to the children. I think they went and had dinner with the head and the institution would know that they were coming next Wednesday so the place was all cleaned up before they came – that sort of thing.

I believe one of the results of your enquiry was that there was a police taskforce set up, Argos, which looked into some of the potential criminal charges… Has anyone actually been charged and convicted as a result of your enquiries?

There have been convictions that followed the enquiry – we certainly sent a lot of names through to the police. The trouble is that the people who were abused have a hard time in court. They’re not really first class witnesses in most cases and juries have doubts as to whether they should really convict the person. That’s very unfortunate because certainly I know of one person who was taken to trial a couple of times who’s since died but we heard many stories about that person and they never got a conviction, because the witnesses couldn’t remember the time or the date or technical things that lawyers expect people to be able to prove a case. They’re unable to do it.

Hardly surprising when you’re talking about events which occurred 40 years ago.

That’s right, and no way for them to judge time either. A lot of them didn’t know how old they were, they didn’t celebrate birthdays in there, so there was nothing to judge those events against other things that were happening to them, because every day was the same. Whereas in my childhood I can remember something related to Christmas, or a happy event that dates things.

And then a further bar to prosecutions of course, is the statute of limitations.

Statute of limitations definitely is a bar and I feel that there should be some sort of compensation for those people. I think that the government should waive the statute of limitations or redress the problem. It’s not just a legal problem, it’s a moral problem of what society owes those people because they were harmed in that way.

We’ve heard in some cases the Salvation Army has made ex gratia payments to some of the women at Kalimna – $10,000 each. Is that a sufficient compensation for what occurred in that home?

I don’t think so. I don’t think $10,000 would go anywhere towards helping them to rebuild their lives, and if they do need help those people, because some of them need the psychological assistance, some of them are trying to get their lives together and need help. We’ve been helping through the Forde Foundation giving people fees to go on with their schooling. A lot of them were illiterate and their education was very sadly lacking from those days, so there’s lots of things that you can do to compensate people and ten thousand dollars doesn’t go very far, does it – especially if you’re scarred for life with whatever happened to you in an institution. I don’t know about those Salvation Army payments but certainly other governments have made big changes. In Ireland they’ve paid hundreds of $millions to try and redress the wrongs that were done to people in the past.

Should Australia adopt a different system for compensating these victims?

I think so. I think people should be compensated because what happened to them was the fault of the state, the fault of the churches that didn’t care for them properly and, and money isn’t everything I know, but it certainly helps makes people’s lives better, doesn’t it?

The system which I believe the Canadians and maybe the Irish have adopted is one where they don’t demand a burden of proof, which would be demanded in a criminal case.

The burden of proof is too high for these people to be able to prove their cases as well as the statute of limitations being a bar, because if they haven’t complained within 3 years of their turning 18, well they’re out of luck and the people we saw were 50 and 60 year olds, and they weren’t the only ones damaged because they have trouble often with their own family relationships because they weren’t brought up in a caring family. They have a hard time knowing how to be a good parent so often their children have difficulties too. And because the parents weren’t well educated, they’re good workers and good, caring people but they usually work at manual labour and it doesn’t pay very well. A lot of them have really shunned society and live in lonely, isolated places. Some are very clever people – incredibly clever people. Through the Forde Foundation we make small grants to people and a number of people have wanted computers.

And of course there’ve been suicides.

There have been suicides. There were suicides before the report and after. People who came to see us have suicided since, and we found that very hard to take. The people that came to us were very brave as they had no guarantee they’d be believed. It took a lot of courage to come forward and tell their story, and because they did it’s opened like a can of worms for the whole country. It wasn’t just a Queensland problem. It’s an Australian problem and every other state can find the very same stories, I’m sure.

Well what should happen nation-wide? We’ve had your enquiry here in Queensland – what should happen nationally?

It would be good if this enquiry that’s being held could recommend some form of redress be made for all these people using a different method, so that they didn’t have to go and tell their torturous stories over again.

Should there be a royal commission?

Probably doesn’t need a royal commission.

There is a real injustice, isn’t there – a real gap between the kinds of compensation payments which some of these old boys and girls have received, and the kind of compensation which they would’ve received if, for example, they’d been abused at a private school?

Well I don’t understand how that’s happening. I’ve heard that a private school here has paid out compensation. It’s a secret payment apparently, but word has it that a number of boys at a very good school here in town have been given upwards of four hundred thousand dollars each. Now these are people that come from good homes and maybe can afford better lawyers and could certainly give better evidence of their situation then the people I’m talking about. The people who came forward to the enquiry had incredible stories. There were really just awful to listen to but we believed them, but you know a good barrister in court would turn them upside down and mix them up and, and could pass doubt on the individual’s story. But when you hear the same thing from dozens of people that were in the same institution, you know that the food wasn’t adequate, there weren’t enough blankets on the bed, they were regularly beaten, the horse whip came out, or that so-and-so that worked in that department was a paedophile that used to abuse them.

There’s a whole secret history here, isn’t there? Rather in the same way as with the stolen generations or the child migrants – don’t you think there’s a whole generation here of children who were put into these institutional homes and whose stories are only just now beginning to come out?

Yes, they certainly are… we asked everybody that came to the enquiry what they’d like to see as a result of the enquiry and nearly every one of them said they didn’t want to see another child abused. They just wanted it to never happen again, and for people to record that history and make sure that it didn’t – that was very, very strong answer from nearly everyone. Nobody asked for money. They wanted an apology, they wanted to be recognised as somebody who was truthful and that something horrible had happened to. So we do owe them a lot and telling them we’re sorry it happened. I’m sorry it happened. I used to go and take three or four children away from an orphanage at holiday time, and I had no idea what was really happening in there. I can remember one nun though, by herself had 32 babies under two years of age that she was looking after – day and night, seven days a week. She was a good person, but you know you – nobody can do a job like that adequately, and, and I remember thinking at the time – those poor children, you know – but what could I do? I came home to my family.

Have organisations like the Salvation Army realised the enormity of the damage caused to this generation?

I don’t know that they have. No – not just the Salvation Army – other church groups too. They have to realise that it’s a moral issue for them. I mean what would Christ have done? He’d have put out a helping hand and an apology, a shoulder to cry on – I’m sorry this happened, we were at fault, but they don’t get that because I suspect people are more worried about saving their good name, their property and their assets.
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A Wasteland Of Deprivation! Weeds,Reeds And Judicial Seed’s!

Whilst this interview took place on the 4th august,2012, listening to it now bring’s a shiver up my spine!Canadian IT company’s effort’s to hack into our email accounts, Mass grave’s across the Commonwealth in what i describe as “A wasteland of Deprivation!,Divide and Conquer effort’s by Government funded Organisation’s who see there $100’000 plus income’s more important than addressing the Attrocities that have occured,Medical Experiment’s for vaccine’s such as “Herpes”,the list of attrocities just go on and on.When will the “Victim’s” recieve Justice? How can the Government, in good concience,suppress the list of name’s concerning children used as guinea pig’s, a fact they’ve never denied and also a National Apology was offered,via the Age Newspaper,by The Eliza Hall Research lab and the CSIRO stating that whilst they admit the experiment’s took place they have no intention of releasing the names of those children who were so despicably used, and worse still, those who died as a result of these experiments were simply and heartlessly buried in limestone, unmarked grave’s, some three and four to a grave!Yes a Wasteland of Deprivation who’s facade is that of weed’s,reed’s and judicial seed’s! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wethejury/2012/08/04/guest-with-kevin-annett
Kevin will begin the show with some updates after which our two Australian guests will be discussing various happenings with each of their groups.

Kathy Devine was a general nurse who also worked in two remote locations as well. She herself was a victim of child sexual assault – the offenders including a parish priest and a catholic school teacher as a child.
Kathy will be talking about a letter she wrote to the Prime Minister in 1999 that may have played a part in a formal apology by the Government of Australia to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia. She also is working with GCAC members seeking a Royal Commission to address the Criminal Abuse of children by Religious and other Entities and is also a member of and coordinator of Survivors of Clergy Abuse Australia.

Wayne Simmonds is one of the founders of Forgotten Australians Justice Committee and a former inmate of one of Australia’s Orphanages. He will be updating us on the progress of their mission at Neerkol Orphanage as well as a recent attempt by hackers to get access to their group account by a company called Internap IT Solutions.

Panel: Kevin Annett-host, Russ Letica-co host,Bill Annett and Marcie Lane-producer

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Commonwealth CSA Cover-Up!

THE “AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S” COVER-UP OF CHILD SEX ABUSE,(heiner affair,forde inquiry) INSPIRES BRITAIN’S PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON TO FOLLOW AUSTRALIA’S LEAD BY DECLARING CRUCIAL DOSSIER MISSING!!

) Adrian Fulford (now Lord Justice Fulford), who was named last week in the Mail on Sunday as a key organiser of the so-called Conspiracy Against Public Morals to support key PIE figures, and wrote an article defending PIE (Martin Beckford, ‘High Court judge and the child sex ring: Adviser to Queen was founder of paedophile support group to keep offenders out of jail’, Mail on Sunday, March 9th, 2014), also acted as Smith’s defence barrister in a court case concerning publishing obscene material featuring children in 1991. Smith had previously fled to the Netherlands to avoid trial, and was tried after being deported by Dutch authorities (Sue Clough, ‘Paedophile jailed over child porn material’, Press Association, December 16th, 1991).

The Prime Minister or at least the Home Secretary need to make a statement about this level of PIE infiltration (involving three, possibly four individuals directly linked to the organisation) into the very government department responsible for law and order. Also, to answer the following questions:

(i) who was responsible for their employment (and dismissal or delay thereof) these individuals?
(ii) which ministers (Labour and/or Conservative) would have been aware of these individuals’s presence in the department?
(iii) which would have authorised the payments to PIE?

During the period of PIE’s official existence, 1974-1984, the Home Secretaries were Roy Jenkins (1974-1976), Merlyn Rees (1976-1979), William Whitelaw (1979-1983) and Leon Brittan (1983-1985); Ministers for Home Affairs were Lord Harris (1974-1979), Alex Lyon (1974-1976), Brynmor John (1976-1979), Lord Boston (Jan-May 1979), Leon Brittan (1979-1981), Timothy Raison (1979-1983), Patrick Mayhew (1981-1983), and David Waddington (1983-1987); Junior Ministers and Parliamentary Private Secretaries were Shirley Summerskill (1974-1979), Lord Belstead (1979-1982), Lord Elston (1982-1984), David Mellor (1983-1986) and Lord Glenarthur (1984-1986).

We also know that senior diplomat and MI6 officer Peter Hayman was an active member of PIE, and that members of PIE (including Smith – see above) received active political and legal support from a current High Court Judge (see Beckford, ‘High Court judge’, above); a further judge, now Chief Coroner, Peter Thornton, was also involved with the provision such support (Martin Beckford, ‘Now Chief Coroner is exposed as paedophile apologist who wanted age of consent to be 14′, Daily Mail, March 16th, 2014). Leading PIE member Peter Righton managed to wean his way into the whole social work and child protection world, occupying senior and influential positions (see a whole range of articles here), and his name has been linked to networks operating in public schools (see Eileen Fairweather, ‘Paedophile ring alleged at top public schools’, Standard, September 19th, 1996) and children’s homes. Not to mention PIE being affiliated to NCCL, who would take out adverts in two different PIE publications, Understanding Paedophilia and Magpie; current senior Labour politicians, including Deputy Leader Harriet Harman and Shadow Minister for Policing Jack Dromey were involved at the heart of NCCL at this time. The names of other senior politicians, including late MPs Peter Morrison (Conservative) and Cyril Smith (Liberal Democrat) have also been publicly linked to organised abuse involving young children in homes.

This is an extremely serious situation which demonstrates that the PIE network was able to infiltrate some of the upper echelons of British government and society in the 1970s and 1980s, This needs to be thoroughly investigated with proper resources and funding.

I also have clear information on the extent to which PIE members or sympathisers were very influential in different branches of academia – sociology, social work, child protection and the study of child abuse, criminology, music and the arts, and gender and sexuality studies. Some of their work was published by reputable scholarly journals (as I have detailed in the case of Hindley), and many obtained senior positions in leading universities. Various of their students continued to develop their ideas. To this day, some of their publications are still cited or otherwise used as if they were reliable and trustworthy, to such an extent that I believe elements of these professions have been corrupted.

Clear documentary evidence points to a highly-organised network with PIE at its centre; a network responsible not simply for the advocacy of paedophilia, but the organisation international rings of abusers and for the trafficking in child pornography. The seriousness of this cannot be underestimated. All politicians should be supporting the work of Tom Watson MP in trying to bring to light this awful network (which cannot be assumed to be merely ‘historic’), and address honestly the ways in which its activities and ideologies may have infiltrated their own parties.
ELM GUEST HOUSE (pedophile list)

•Anthony Blunt, Royal Connections, MI5, traitor, Russian spy deceased.
•Harvey Proctor, Monday Club, well known convicted paedophile.
•Sir Peter Bottomley. Worthing MP and Monday Club
•Charles Irving
•Leon Britton, Lord, ex Thatcher Minister (likely the Tory ex minister referred to anonymously in recent newpaper reports)
•Peter Brooke, Life Peer
•John Rowe, MI5, former MP
•Cyril Smith, deceased, ex Rochdale MP
•Ron Brown
•Colin Jordan, ex National Front Leader
•George Tremlett, Former GLC Leader
•Peter Campbell, Monday Club
•Gary Walker, Sinn Fein
•Cliff Richard,aged Pop Star, known at Elm Guest House as ‘Kitty’
•Jess Conrad, aged ex Pop Star.
•Ron Wells, aged Musician, aka ‘Gladys’ at Elm Guest House.
•Richard Miles, Monday Club
•Chris Denning, ex BBC DJ, convicted paedophile.
•R Langley, Buckingham Palace Equerry
•Terry Dwyer
•Patrick Puddles
•Louis Minster, Head of Richmond Social Services
•Colin Peters, QC – a convicted paedophile sentenced to 8 years in 1989
•Steve Everett, Senior Westminster Social worker
•Ray Wire, so called expert on Paedophile therapy
•Peter Glencross, editor of Monday Club newsletter
•Guy Hamilton Blackwell, son of Westland Helicopters Chairman
“TRUST BRITISH TAINT’S”?
“SURE CAN”!!!
Meanwhile, since chairing the QCPCI in 2012,Timothy Carmody was rewarded for his silence by being appointed Chief Justice Supreme Court, Queensland.Quentyn Alyce Bryce went from Queensland Governor General to Australian Governor General,Kevin Rudd Prime Minister,Bob Atkinson appt Commissioner on current Royal Commission into CSA,Leneen Forde appt Governor General of Queensland etc etc!! They,Parliament, actually had the audacity to promote each and every corrupt individual mentioned in the ‘Heiner Affair”!Oh what a wicked web we weave!!

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