PEI Priest Abuse Criminal Investigation Moving Slowly

by John McKiggan

Snail’s Pace

The Guardian has reported that the criminal investigation into sexual abuse allegations against PEI priest Rev. George Smith is moving slowly.


According to RCMP Sgt. Boyd Merrill: “It’s a slow, tedious process,”. The officer indicated the investigation could take several months to complete.

RCMP in Deer Lake, N.L., received a criminal complaint that Rev. George Smith sexually abused him when Smith was a priest in Deer Lake NL between 1986 and 1991.

Bishop Vague

PEI Bishop Grecco was vague about Smith’s status with the Diocese, saying only that Smith was not in PEI and was “not exercising any priestly ministry”.

Is the Church Investigating?

There is no indication if the Diocese is conducting it’s own investigation of Smith as required under the Roman Catholic’s Code of Canon Law and as recommended in From Pain to Hope, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops report on child sexual abuse.

Has Smith Been Sent for Treatment?

There is no indication why Smith is no longer in the province. Has he been sent to Southdown Institute? Southdown is a residential care facility run by the catholic church to provide psychological treatment and counselling to clergy who have experienced problems including: “Ministerial boundary violations”. A euphemism for sexually abusing parishioners.

More Transparency

I would think that catholic parishioners in PEI, and the public in general, would have more confidence in the Church’s actions if they were assured that the church was doing what it can to investigate and respond to the allegations against Smith.

What do you think?

2 Responses to “PEI Priest Abuse Criminal Investigation Moving Slowly”

December 31, 1969 at 6:00 pm, rob bowden said:

Again…..more smoke and mirrors….i think we can all pretty much predict how the giant wheels will turn. In my opinion, they have learned nothing, and they will continue to be vague…they will continue to deflect and justify…..they will stall…they will blame. Even in defeat….which, really, is inevitable, they will use propaganda, only thinly disguised as solemn repentance. Then, time will pass….most will forget….and many will be left to pick up the pieces.

December 31, 1969 at 6:00 pm, Jack sprat said:

I decided to come forward with a complaint towards a priest when I saw and heard the news about Bishop Lahley being caught and knowing that he knew of the issuse between the priest and I when I was a younger man living in Nfld .

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