Toronto police: ‘Not in our jurisdiction’ to investigate alleged sexual abuse in the Catholic church
Police are investigating the allegations against Toronto’s Catholic church after a video emerged of a priest allegedly abusing an altar boy in a church-run youth centre.
The Globe and Mail is not naming the boy because he is not a victim.
The investigation into the alleged abuse is being led by Toronto police, the ministry’s director of child protection said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Police have asked the ministry to immediately notify the province of its intention to investigate the alleged sexual misconduct,” said the statement.
“The ministry is not in our jurisdictions.
We are conducting an independent investigation.”
Toronto Catholic Archbishop Daniel DiNardo said he was “very concerned” by the allegations and would cooperate fully with police.
“I am very concerned that something of this nature, of this gravity, of such nature, has taken place,” he said.
“But we have a ministry that’s very strong in the faith and very strong on the principles of integrity and respect.”
The church has not responded to CBC News requests for comment.
The video shows a priest, a former parishioner and an altar priest performing a ritual to cleanse the altar boy and the altar priest himself of a “spiritual uncleanness.”
It was filmed by a witness and posted on social media.
In the video, the altar man, identified as Fr.
Michael Gomes, is seen kissing the altarboy while the altar is being cleaned.
In another video, a priest is seen telling the boy to kneel before him while his feet are covered with the priest’s hair.
The boy appears to cry as he is shown kneeling on the altar.
A police officer can be heard saying that “you can’t do this in the church.”
The boy is then shown kissing the priest again.
“This is a priest who was in charge of this altar, who was the head of the choir, who had a position of authority over all the children,” said police investigator Const.
“That position of power, of power over the children, was entrusted to him by the church.
I mean, I think there’s a very clear-cut pattern here.” “
He would sexually abuse them.
I mean, I think there’s a very clear-cut pattern here.”
Gomes has been placed on administrative leave, and the ministry is investigating how he obtained the priestly position.
The church is also facing a criminal investigation by Toronto’s child protection agency, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
The centre has been monitoring the case since the alleged incident began.
Colangelo said he believes the allegations were not part of a criminal case and will cooperate fully.
He said he has interviewed the altar father who is also accused of sexual abuse of altar boys.
He will also interview a number of other altar boys who have been accused of being abused by Gomes.
“We’ve had many people that we’ve spoken to who were very young and very vulnerable,” he told CBC News.
“So we’ve had to do a lot of interviews, and we have to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help the victims, to get the truth out there.”
The Globe has learned the allegations involve a priest and two altar boys in the diocese of Toronto.
The diocese said in an email that it has “full confidence” in the police investigation and will continue to support it.
“In the absence of further information, the church has reached out to us and will provide all relevant information in the coming days,” it said.
The archdiocese did not respond to requests for further comment.
Correction – August 26, 2018: This article was edited from a previous version that misidentified the ministry that oversees the Toronto Catholic Archdiocese.
The ministry is the Ontario Ministry of the Bishops.
The story was corrected to reflect the correct ministry’s name.