Church ad­dresses sex abuse lo­cally

Ed­mon­ton arch­dio­cese re­veals mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against priest, works to help vic­tims

StarMetro Edmonton - - EDMONTON - KEVIN MAIMANN STARMETRO ED­MON­TON

The Catholic Arch­dio­cese of Ed­mon­ton an­nounced sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against a priest Wed­nes­day while urg­ing other vic­tims to come for­ward.

Arch­bishop Richard Smith said the Van­cou­ver arch­dio­cese re­ceived a re­port al­leg­ing sex­ual mis­con­duct by Father Peter Hung Con Tran “to­wards a mi­nor and an adult” when he was as­so­ciate pas­tor of a Van­cou­ver parish from 1998 to 2003.

Tran served at Queen of Mar­tyrs Parish in Ed­mon­ton from 2007 to 2016, and most re­cently at St. Fran­cis of As­sisi Parish in Cal­gary. He has been re­moved fol­low­ing the al­le­ga­tions.

Tran is not to be con­fused with a dif­fer­ent Peter Tran, cur­rently chan­cel­lor of the Catholic Dio­cese of St. Paul.

The Ed­mon­ton arch­dio­cese re­leased the al­le­ga­tions the same day it ad­dressed an up­dated strat­egy to work with abuse vic­tims. The up­date is based on a 184-page Cana­dian Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops (CCCB) doc­u­ment, Pro­tect­ing Mi­nors from Sex­ual Abuse, re­leased last week.

“Catholics to­day, as they be­come aware of these things and re­minded of these things, are deeply em­bar­rassed. They’re deeply shocked, they’re full of shame,” Smith said. “And we want op­por­tu­ni­ties to say to oth­ers that we are ashamed by this, we are deeply sorry. We want to walk with you and we want to heal.”

Smith said six Ed­mon­ton priests have been charged and con­victed with sex crimes in the past, go­ing back decades. He said the arch­dio­cese will com­pile those records to post on its web­site and will con­sider post­ing other “cred­i­ble and sub­stan­ti­ated” al­le­ga­tions that never went to crim­i­nal court. He en­cour­aged oth­ers to come for­ward and said he will not hold vic­tims to con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ments they may have signed in the past.

“We want to make that avail­able to peo­ple to be as ab­so­lutely trans­par­ent as we can,” he said.

STARMETRO ED­MON­TON

Six Ed­mon­ton priests have been con­victed with sex crimes, go­ing back decades. The Arch­dio­cese of Ed­mon­ton will post these and other al­le­ga­tions on­line.

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