Priests who sexually abused children sent to Holland Landing’s Southdown

East Gwillimbury Express

December 21, 2018

By Lisa Queen

Once located in Aurora and now in Holland Landing, the Catholic Church’s Southdown Institute, which treats clergy with addictions and mental health struggles, has operated behind a shroud of secrecy since its 1966 founding.

But an explosive Pennsylvania grand jury report released in mid-August shone a light on how the church sent priests who sexually abused children to the facility before reassigning them to unsuspecting parishes.

Tim Lennon, president of the board of directors of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), called church treatment centres like Southdown a “dumping ground” for abusive priests.

Seven predatory priests from Pennsylvania alone were sent to Southdown, the grand jury report said.

That included Father John S. Hoehl, who sodomized two teenaged boys who agreed to change places with a girl the priest intended to rape.

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