Magazine article Anglican Journal

Choirmaster's Presence Troubles Bishops

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Choirmaster's Presence Troubles Bishops

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Bishop George Bruce of Ontario has expressed his concern to Bishop Peter Coffin of Ottawa that a well-known convicted pedophile is now performing choir and other duties at a downtown Ottawa church.

Bishop Coffin said he is still "mulling over" what to do with John Gallienne's involvement at St. John the Evangelist church, where he is also a lay minister and member of other church committees. Mr. Gallienne, who sexually abused more than a dozen boys during his stint as choirmaster and organist at St. George's Cathedral in Kingston, Ont., was sentenced in 1992 to six years in prison for various sex charges involving minors. He was released in 1994.

"I talked to the bishop of Ottawa and I expressed my concern that he (Mr. Gallienne) is involved in music ministry," Bishop Bruce said in an interview. "My real concern is that it's taken 15 years for the victims and the community to get over what John Gallienne has done and it revictimizes them."

When Peter Mason, Bishop Bruce's predecessor, became bishop of Ontario in 1992, he made a public apology to the victims, their families and the congregation, and issued guidelines barring Mr. Gallienne from music ministry and other events where there are minors in any Anglican church in the Kingston-based diocese. …

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