Jamie BerryAugust 11, 2006 - 2:25PM
Judge White said the Catholic Church had moved Ridsdale from parish to parish and had shown inadequate compassion to his victims.
"The Catholic Church cannot escape criticism in view of the lackof action on complaints being made as to your conduct."
He said the church's "constant moving of you from parish to parish" provided more opportunity for Ridsdale's "predatory conduct".
In sentencing, Judge White described Ridsdale's actions as "evil hypocrisy".
"By virtue of your privileged position, you had considerable control and power over the children and you used the blind trust of these Catholic families, in your capacity as the parish priest, to enable you to have private time with your victims and engage in your degrading conduct.
"These crimes are extremely serious ... having regard to your position of trust, the attitude of Catholic families at the time of placing priests on pedestals, the power you were able to exercise over those families and their children, and your vocation as a priest, there is no doubt your conduct plummets to the depths of evil hypocrisy.
"Your conduct has given rise to disastrous, catastrophic and at times, tragic results."
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