Former Kinkora priest facing another 24 sex-related charges back in custody

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St. Malachy's Church, Kinkora

CORNER BROOK, N.L. — George Ansel Smith, a Roman Catholic priest who'd previously served in P.E.I., consented to going back into custody after 24 more sex-related charges have come before the Newfoundland courts against him.

Smith had been administrator at St. Malachy's Church in Kinkora when he was suspended as a P.E.I. priest in May 2010 following the allegations that he'd abused nine young males in Newfoundland between 1969 and 1989.

He was released from jail in December, when there were 38 charges in total against him. When he appeared in provincial court in Corner Brook this afternoon, that total had risen to 62.

Smith, represented by attorney Tom Williams, elected to be tried by judge aone in Supreme Court. His arraignment is scheduled for March 5.

Organizations: Church in Kinkora, Supreme Court

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Newfoundland, Malachy

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  • fromaway
    February 24, 2012 - 17:19

    And this my friends is exactly why I think that priests should be allowed to get married.

  • Silky
    February 24, 2012 - 11:53

    Based on past history, Sadly I would never leave my child alone with a priest. Probably not with a minister or coach either but especially those who run around in silk robes with fancy hats while masses die from starvation.

  • Den
    February 24, 2012 - 08:35

    The reason why the Catholic Church doesn't allow priests to marry is the almighty dollar. They'd have to pay priests more money and that will cut down on the coffers going to the Holy See and finance the billions of dollars in jewelry and art that is in the Vatican. When the old man's club disappears, which won't be in our lifetime, you may see some change but don't hold your breath waiting.

  • Jack On The Rocks
    February 24, 2012 - 08:26

    Just another GREAT day to be an Anglican.................

  • Foxrun
    February 24, 2012 - 08:05

    So according to your former Catholic's opinion, paedophiles are a direct result of men being denied healthy sex lives? And you don't think, for one minute, that these men were paedophiles before they joined the priesthood. This is a perfect case of being close, yet so very far away. If anything, the Catholic Church is more guilty of harboring these individuals and more worried about protecting their own reputations then the lives of their young parishioners.

  • jason bourne
    February 23, 2012 - 18:46

    The Catholic Church totally took the teachings of the old testament out of context, and decided in their limited wisdom, that men of the cloth must remain chaste. The dirty truth here, people, is that priests have been denied healthy sex lives by this twisted 'rule', and have been brainwashed into feeling total guilt for any and all sexual desire, as though it's deviance. It is this former Catholic's opinion, that this ridiculous, harmful rule has manifested itself into a very unhealthy repression in priests. The lust after what they see every day, whether they agree it's wrong or not. You cannot turn off nature. There are no excuses for their turning their desires to children, but perhaps this could be a reason? Yes, there are statistically more protestant ministers who have molested children than have Catholic priests, but this rule of chastity and sexual guilt is perpetuating a VERY dangerous atmosphere in the Catholic Church. Today's youth may be overtly sexual and perhaps we're about to see some pretty lewd stuff from this generation coming, but the church has to stop it with the sexual guilt. Be discreet, yes, but be sexual, and without shame. Allow priests to marry and have children. Lose this draconian, dangerous law of chastity.

  • Lock away for life if guilty
    February 23, 2012 - 16:06

    This is shocking. What was he doing on PEI. Hopefully this was not more of the Catholic church's effort to hush things up and move these fellows around. While every dog deserves it's day in court and a person is innocent until proven guilty, hopefully, if this fellow is found guilty of 62 charges he will spend the rest of his days behind bars. And that is where he should be until he is freed or convicted.