Abuse victim opts out of Lahey-brokered multimillion dollar settlement to pursue a civil case against Church; your comments on the prospects of creating a different kind of Church;Phone-in :"Who stands out as a great leader ?"October 8, 2009 3:06 PM
- Charges against former Bishop Raymond Lahey have provoked abuse victim Philip Latimer to pursue civil suits against the Catholic Church in Nova Scotia
A 47-year old Nova Scotian who was willing to be part of the $13m settlement between the Catholic Church and victims of abuse by priests has opted out to pursue a civil suit. He changed his mind when he learned that the man who brokered the deal on behalf of the Church - former Bishop Raymond Lahey - had been arrested on child pornography charges.
Philip Latimer is now suing the diocese of Antigonish and the Archdiocese of Halifax. He says he was abused by a priest for four years, beginning when he was an 11 year-old altar boy. The priest he accuses is now dead.
Latimer explained why he went public with his allegations and why he's opted out of the settlement.
The turmoil within the Church has some Maritime Catholics wondering whether this might be an appropriate time to act on major reforms which had previously been dismissed.
Following Wednesday's interview with Paula MacQuarrie of the Catholic Network for Women's Equality (see Oct. 7th entry), we received many calls to our answering machine, so we played them.
CEOs who rate front-cover treatment one year for aggressively growing their company can be grovelling for protection from creditors the next. Coaches touted as saviours of major league teams are turfed out mid-way through a bad season. And the trials & tribulations of party leaders are the lifeblood of political commentators.
But there are actually leaders who bring out the best in the people around them - and beyond. And when we encounter them - in small volunteer organizations or large institutions, in advocacy groups or our workplaces - we recognize that they have qualities which should be held up as an example for others who aspire to lead.
Brad McRae takes leadership seriously, because it's too important to ignore. Dr McRae is the Director of the Atlantic Leadership Development Institute and the author of The Seven Strategies of Master Leaders. He was our guest as we asked : "In your experience, who stands out as a great leader ?"
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