Church addresses sex abuse locally
Edmonton archdiocese reveals misconduct allegations against priest, works to help victims
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.
Six Edmonton priests have been convicted with sex crimes, going back decades. The Archdiocese of Edmonton will post these and other allegations online.