Monday, August 17, 2009

Ignatius Group_____

February 15, 2007

The Bishop Amadee Proulx Memorial Award is an insult to victims and survivors of abuse.

In 1990, former Auxiliary Bishop Amadee Proulx, former Bishop Joseph Gerry and then chancellor Msgr. Joseph Ford conspired to cover up sexual abuse allegations against Rev. Raymond Melville.

Melville was transferred from parish to parish. More children were sexually abused. Court documents reveal that Bishop Proulx protected Melville and did nothing to protect children.

There's an annual award in honor of Bishop Proulx.

In our opinion, this is a slap in the face to those who have experienced the trauma of child sex abuse.

14th Bishop Amedee Proulx Memorial Award

Take the time to nominate that special person you know in your parish who does so much for others! The Bishop Proulx Award was established to give recognition to an individual in Maine whose contributions reflect the mission of Catholic Charities Maine and foster the social teachings of Jesus Christ. Each nominee receives a letter of congratulations. Thewinner has an award ceremony that has proven to be a joyful event honoring his or her work, the social teaching of the Catholic Church, and the memory of Bishop Amedee Proulx. Since the beginning of the award, nominations have been received from over 90parishes throughout Maine. If you need a nomination form, please call CatholicCharities Maine, 781-8550. The deadline is March 23.