Sherlock Let Sylvestre Work, Bishop Says

London Free Press [Canada]
November 3, 2006

The Roman Catholic bishop of London says his predecessor let a pedophile priest continue ministering despite a sexual abuse complaint in 1989.

Bishop Ronald Fabbro says it wasn't until 1993, when another victim complained to the diocese, that the priest was forced to retire.

Fabbro says Charles Sylvestre should have been pulled out of ministry after John Sherlock learned of the 1989 allegation.

Instead, Sylvestre was sent briefly for alcohol abuse counselling and put back to work in Windsor.

Fabbro has been seeking ways to overcome the legacy of Sylvestre, who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 47 girls across Southwestern Ontario between 1954 and 1986.

Sylvestre, 84, is serving a three-year prison term.


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