Priest Facing Sex Charges

CKNW [Canada]
February 24, 2007

Vancouver Archbishop Raymound Roussin has released a statement in response to word of sex charges involving teenage boys laid against a downtown parish priest.

Roussin has revealed he first heard about the allegations against Father Edwin Budiman in June of 2005.

He says Budiman's interaction with minors was immediately restricted and a report was made to the Ministry of Children and Families.

But Roussin says the family involved didn't want to press charges.

With the second charge laid after the priest was relieved of his duties, Roussin was asked if the church did enough, "Oh definitely, the very first moment of knowledge of it, I acted immediately on the principles that we had, that we had to take him out, to put some restrictions on him, which we did. And then when it was clear that something had happened we took him out of the service completely."

Both of the allegations involve 14-year old boys.


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