Information for those concerned about sexual abuse by clergy or employees of the Diocese
Prepared by the Professional Standards Advisory Committee of the Diocese of Antigonish
Support for the Victim
The Diocese of Antigonish wants to help those suffering as a result of sexual misconduct. When an allegation is made, the Committee chair or a member contacts the alleged victim and his/her family to find out what support is needed. The type of support might be different in every case.
If it is determined that psychological help or counseling is required the Diocese will provide a list of available professionals. When there is substantial evidence of guilt the Diocese will pay for these services.
Either the Committee Chair, a priest, or a lay professional, can be contacted for those seeking counseling.Rev. Syd Mifflen 59 Thompson St.,
Antigonish, NS B2G 1E3
Mary Jo Kuta
Family Services of Eastern N.S.
The support will be kept as confidential as possible. If an allegation is made to an agent of the Diocese, that person is obliged to report it to law enforcement authorities and to cooperate in their investigation.
Support for an Alleged Perpetrator
Even when the evidence of guilt seems convincing, anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. The Diocese, as an employer, is obligated to provide support to anyone alleged to have committed a crime while acting as an agent of the Diocese.
The Diocese therefore offers alleged perpetrators legal defense and whatever financial support is necessary. This in no way implies approval of the crime. Sexual abuse, especially of children, is seen as particularly repulsive
If a priest is convicted. Church Laws will be applied regarding his future. His faculties or rights to act as a priest will be removed. He is, of course, subject to all penalties imposed by the court.
Dr. Anne Frances D'Intino
Dr. Brian Foley
Rev. Alexander MacNeil
Rev. Norman MacPhee
Rev. Syd Mifflen (Chair)
Carolyn Toomey, M. S W
Wayne Yorke, MA, CAGS
This leaflet has been prepared by The Professional Standards Advisory Committee. The Committee was established a number of years ago to advise the Bishop of our Diocese on matters of sexual misconduct by Diocesan employees.