|Father Rene DubeRoman Catholic priest, Diocese of Cornwall, Ontario. Ordained: 1969||
A Defence Lawyer’s Dream!
Father Rene Dube faced sexual abuse charges in the Province of Quebec and stood trial in early 2000.
The charges arose from allegations of a victim of Father Paul Lapierre who alleged he was molested in Montreal by both Lapierre and Dube.
Dube was acquitted. The acquittal centred around allegations of mistaken identity. The latter arose because the alleged victim (Claude Marleau) did not know or recall Dube’s name but had a vivid recollection of his features and provided a detailed description of his alleged molester to police. Police thought the description matched that of Father Gilles Deslaurier and the investigation proceeded on that basis. However as soon as the alleged victim was given the opportunity to see photos of diocesan clergy he readily identified Dube as his alleged molester. Dube was charged but the initial police mess-up over identification apparently proved to be a defence lawyer’s dream!
The Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall fought desperately to have a publication ban on Father Dube’s name at the Cornwall Public Inquiry. The battle was unsuccessful: Father Dube was named.
I have had contact with others who allege sex abuse at the hands of Father Rene Dube.
27 August 2008: LaRocque ignored church protocols regarding accused priests (Larocque claims he knew Father Dube was “completely innocent” and hence did not suspend him. Claims Fr Paul Lapierre to told him it was Father Don Scott, NOT Dube)
30 January 2007: Diocese Employee’s Name Not Protected
16 January 2007: Alleged abusers can be named at inquiry
28 November 2006: Few secrets at Project Truth Inquiry
27 November 2006: Unorthodox rules for Claude Marleau testimony (The Diocese’s battle for a publication ban on Father Rene Dube’s name)
24 November 2006: [More Delays – Cornwall Inquiry to run for another year] (The Diocese’s battle for publication bans)
|DOB: 22 December 1944
Ordained: 07 June 1969
1967-1973: Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Alexandria, Ontario (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall)The above information is provided in one source, however Dube was ordained in 1969. It is highly possible therefore that Rene Dube was affiliated with and assisting at Sacred Heart while he was a seminarian. I have another source which places Father Dube at St. John Bosco in Cornwall in late 1969/1970.
1980: Pastor at Christ the King (Chrite-Roi) Roman Catholic Church, Cornwall, Ontario (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall)
1985-1986: Pastor at St. Theresa of Lesieux Roman Catholic Church, Cornwall, Ontario (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall)
1987, 1991-94: Pastor at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Co-cathedral), Cornwall, Ontario (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall)
1991 – 93: Diocesan contact for the Knights of Columbus
1995 – 2000, 2002, 2006: Pastor at Holy Cross (Sainte-Croix) Roman Catholic Church, Cornwall, Ontario (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall)
Well-known priest succumbs to ALS
Diocese Employee’s Name Not Protected
Cornwall News AM 1220
January 30, 2007 — An employee with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall will not have his name protected at the Cornwall Public Inquiry. Lawyers for the church have given up their fight to have a publication ban on the name of one of its priests. In 2001, Rene Dube, was acquitted of sexual abuse charges. Last year, diocese lawyers asked Commissioner, Normand Glaude, for a ban but the request was denied. Diocese lawyers went to the Ontario Divisional Court but the panel upheld Glaude’s decision. The Ontario Court of Appeal also dismissed the request. A 10 day stay was put in place to allow for further legal action but that time frame has now passed. Therefore, Dube’s name will not be protected by a ban.