Church wants Supreme Court to over­turn sex­ual abuse rul­ing

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - CANADA & WORLD -

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The arch­dio­cese of St. John’s will ask the Supreme Court of Canada to over­turn a de­ci­sion that de­clared the city’s Ro­man Catholic Epis­co­pal Cor­po­ra­tion li­able for sex­ual abuse at the Mount Cashel or­phan­age in the 1950s.

The arch­dio­cese says in a re­lease that its lawyers Wed­nes­day pe­ti­tioned for leave to ap­peal the July de­ci­sion from the New­found­land and Labrador Court of Ap­peal.

Ge­off Bud­den, the vic­tims’ lawyer, had said the Ap­peal Court rul­ing meant the arch­dio­cese would have to pay about $2 mil­lion to four lead plain­tiffs. Bud­den said to­day’s de­ci­sion to ap­peal was ex­pected, although his clients would rather be get­ting their set­tle­ments.

The arch­dio­cese ex­pressed sym­pa­thy for vic­tims of abuse and said it re­grets that le­gal pro­ceed­ings will be pro­longed.

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