Statement from the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador

Re: Gary Hoskins

Earlier today at a Preliminary Inquiry in Provincial Court in Stephenville the Judge found there was sufficient evidence to order Gary Hoskins to stand trial for the charge of sexual assault (2 counts) from his time of ministry as a priest in the former Diocese of St. George’s.

Any allegation of improper conduct by a priest is an extremely serious matter.  The Diocese has cooperated fully with the local authorities.

Gary Hoskins left ministry in the former Diocese of St. George’s in 1988.  He has not been in priestly ministry since 1995.

It would be inappropriate for Diocesan officials to comment on the specifics of this case as it is currently before the court.  However, we must be clear in stating that any form of misconduct by personnel of the Catholic Church is unacceptable.

The Diocese has developed extensive procedures to foster a safe environment for all the members of our faith community and has also developed a clear policy and procedure for replying to allegations of sexual misconduct.  (This policy can be found on our diocesan website: www.rcchurch.com under the heading “Policies”, the topic “Response to allegations of sexual misconduct”.)

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are involved in this court case