Former Cornwall Priest Fights Extradition (March 24, 2005)

In his fight to remain in Canada, a former Cornwall priest has filed an appeal against an extradition order in the U-S. The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld Federal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler's decision to extradite Father Paul Desilets last month. Desilets taught at Cornwall's Classical College in the late 1960's. Charges were filed against the 81-year old in January 2002. Eighteen men who were choirboys in Bellingham, Massachusetts accuse the priest of abuse. The alleged incidents happened between 1978 and 1984 when Desilets moved back to Canada to live at a retirement home for clergy in Joliette, Quebec. There's no word on when the appeal will be heard.