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3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
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Monday, 18 November 2013

Convicted Child Molester Priest Hides from Law in Oblate Communities for 16 Years

Disgraced former priest Eric Dejaeger has pleaded guilty in an Iqaluit courtroom to eight of 76 sex-related charges involving Inuit children.

The eight charges Dejaeger, 66, entered pleas on are all for indecent assault against male victims.

The trial will go ahead on the 68 other charges. With dozens of witnesses, it's expected to last about six weeks.

Please pray for the victims of this monster, that they would be truthful and effective witnesses and that they would find healing in the process and in Jesus Christ.

Dejaeger looked solemn in the courtroom Monday morning and said nothing.

Eric Dejaeger
One of about 40 complainants in the case took the stand. The now 40-year-old woman is from Igloolik, and was between five and nine years old when she alleges Dejaeger sexually abused her.

She described a time when she said "Father Eric," as he was known, fondled her. Another time, she alleges he had intercourse with her in his bedroom. 

She testified that Dejaeger told her it was sinful to tell a lie and that she would be taken away from her parents if she told them what happened. The woman will continue to testify Monday afternoon.

The case includes allegations from Feb. 19, 1995, when he was originally charged with three counts of indecent assault and three counts of buggery, a charge no longer in the Criminal Code. They relate to his time as a priest in the community of  Igloolik between 1978 and 1982.

In 1995, Dejaeger had just completed a five-year sentence, most of it served in a halfway house and on probation, on 11 counts of sexual assault and indecent assault against children in Baker Lake, where he was posted after Igloolik.

He was scheduled to return to court on the Igloolik charges on June 13, 1995, but never showed. By then, he had left the country and was back in Belgium, where he was born. 

An arrest warrant was immediately issued, but the disgraced priest was able to live quietly in Oblate communities in France and Belgium until he was returned in early 2011. 

An oblate in Christian monasticism (especially Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican) is a person who is specifically dedicated to God or to God's service. What? This is like a Rob Ford moment - dedicated to God? Are you kidding me? Is there no-one who qualifies people who enter such communities? How does a convicted child molester on the run from the law qualify for an oblate community?

In 2001, Interpol put Dejaeger on its red list of international arrest warrants. Ten years later, Dejaeger was arrested on immigration charges after it was discovered his Belgian citizenship was no longer valid.