"I must say Mr. Hall listened and received those comments and I did express and encourage him to withdraw … I'll leave it to him to make a decision," said Father Kevin McGee, acting administrator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Bishop Don Bolen was installed as Archbishop of the Regina diocese Friday.
McGee noted he was surprised and dismayed when he heard Hall was running for a trustee position.
"I have reason for serious concern that Denis is not suited for this position," McGee said. "Having said that, Mr. Hall has met the legal qualifications to run as a candidate. We trust in the electoral process and the wisdom of the electorate."
By law there's nothing stopping convicted offenders from running for election as school trustees. The Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board told CBC News the board became aware Hall was running after nominations closed.
The school board said it has no choice but to let Hall run, under Saskatchewan's Local Government Elections Act.
GSCS also noted administrators have taken steps over the years to prevent Hall and his Young Athlete Sports camp from gaining access to GSCS students and buildings.
Fourteen years ago, then-Catholic Schools board chair Jerry Zimmer banned Hall and his sports group from setting foot in any Saskatoon Catholic school. For more than 40 years, Hall has run YAS Summer Basketball Camps in Regina and Saskatoon.
Convicted sex offender Denis Hall running for Catholic school board - Saskatoon - CBC News