Vancouver Priests Launch Annual Performance Reviews – BC Catholic
Archdiocese Priests Vancouver will undergo regular performance appraisals from this year, the Archdiocese announced in its latest update on sexual abuse of priests.
The Archdiocese released its latest report on sexual assault on June 30. It is the latest in a series of updates since 2019 when it first released a 12-page report that contained 31 recommendations. An implementation working group has worked to develop solutions for the recommendations.
Recommendation 15 of the 2019 report said that “all clergy – whether incarnated in the archdiocese or in the service of the archdiocese – should undergo an annual, formal performance appraisal process, similar to the process currently performed by permanent deacons.” The review should be done “by a group of people, including laymen and women.”
Archbishop J. Michael Miller had pledged to put “an appropriate formal benefit process” in place by the fourth quarter of 2020, but the work of the implementation team was delayed by the COVID pandemic.
The latest report in December said that a working group composed of people with experience in pastoral work, activities and human resources was formed to implement the annual performance evaluation system for priests in the archdiocese with the first pastors to review the process in 2022.
In other updates, Father Bryan Duggan, a Vancouver pastor with a doctorate in clinical psychology, creates a team of local clergy and designs a program to help pastors become more trauma-informed to support victims / survivors seeking pastoral care. .
The announcement was in response to recommendation 18, which stated: “A select group of trauma-informed clergy should be chosen to hear from survivors and be a support if the survivors need or want this. Clergy should also be trained in self-awareness to recognize if they are not at all the right person for that role. “
The latest report also includes the name of a priest who was accused of sexually abusing him.
Father Placidus Sander, a monk at Christ the King Seminary in Mission, was alleged in 1987 to have been involved in homosexual activities with high school seminarians. He was removed from his role as Vice-Chancellor.
In 1993, three men said he had sexually abused them during their time as underage students at the seminary. He was acquitted in court, but admitted a simple sexual encounter with “an older seminarian” and having kissed a student twice.
A civil lawsuit regarding the charges from 1993 was recently filed, but father Sander died in October last year.
In its report, the archdiocese said it published the charges “at this time because the criminal case has been closed and the plaintiff (s) with civil claims have requested such publication.”
The archdiocese said it had previously been advised, “including by law enforcement officials, not to publish information during the trial.”
The Archdiocese also said that in order to increase transparency, it will contribute to Sylvia’s website, a site run by victims / survivors who have been blogging about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Canada since 2006.
The report can be found on page 6 of this week’s issue and online at