Silence has been broken
To the editor: Hats off to Cap-pelé Coun. Norbert Gaudet, who overcame his original doubts and decided to speak openly about the abuse which he and others allegedly suffered under Father Camille Léger (“Cap-pelé to vote on arena name amidst allegations,” March 9, A4, T&T).
And wonderful to note the support of Ola Cormier who, though not himself abused, witnessed the results when he was in the scout movement.
Equally remarkable and commendable are the words and actions of Moncton’s Archbishop André Richard. He has heard from the victims, he accepts them at their word, and speaks out clearly on their behalf (CBC, March 12)
It is not surprising that the community is divided: not infrequently an abuser, despised by his victims, is lauded by other citizens.
Nonetheless, the sign on the Cap-pelé arena, which bore the name of Father Léger, has been removed by a unanimous vote of the community’s municipal council.
I praise Coun. Gaudet, his allies, the Archbishop of Moncton, and the final firm decision by the council. The silence has been broken.