Canadian Catholic Church to Sell off Properties

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A Canadian Catholic Church in a bid to start selling off well-known properties

A Canadian Catholic Church is about selling its assets so that it can compensate men who were sexually abused.

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These men were sexually abused at the former Mount Cashel orphanage. It took place during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

The Archdiocese of St. John is doing everything possible to reach out to these demands. They are putting up for sale many of their assets.

Unfortunately, the lawyer representing the sexual victims said that the revenue won’t be enough to cover the damages.

The fate of the Mount Cashel Victims

Lawyer Geoff Budden first of all appreciated the Canada Catholic Church for their efforts. He went further to remind them that their efforts were not good enough.

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He said that he was aware the Catholic Church is moving ahead on its obligation by selling some well-known properties. The Archbishop’s residence in Outer Cove, the Mount St. Francis property on Merrymeeting Road and two parcels of vacant land are not left out.

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Over the weekend, the Archdiocese announced selling off these properties.

The law firm of Budden represents over 60 survivors of Mount Cashel.

He told newsmen that selling off some of the church’s known properties was a good step but won’t be enough to cover for all the victims.

“You have to remember that while the judgment was for four men — and the total judgment was for approximately $2.7 million — there are well over 60 men. Our firm has 60 survivors or more, and other firms have some also,” Budden said Monday.  

“So it’s going to take quite a large pool of money — tens of millions of dollars to satisfy all those claims.”

Canadian Catholic Church to Sell off School

The Canada Catholic Church is also putting on sale a school they own.

The reason for this is to also come up with the money which could be used to settle the damages.

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“The goal is not to turn children out of the schools or anything foolish like that,” he said. 

“The goal is to see the government ultimately take responsibility, take over the schools in every sense, pay off the true value of the schools to the archdiocese, continue to use them as schools if they are needed but allow compensation to be paid out of the proceeds of that compensation.”

The Supreme Court of Canada rejects the Catholic archdiocese’s appeal over Mount Cashel.

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Meanwhile, the Canadian Catholic Church appealed to the Supreme Court on the bombshell Mount Cashel ruling.

Their appeal for the Supreme Court to have a rethink on their judgement met a dead end on arrival.

Canadian Catholic Church to Sell More Properties

For the Canada Catholic Church itself, Archbishop Peter Hundt isn’t taking interviews yet.  In his latest written update to parishioners on the church’s ongoing reorganization, he wrote there will be more properties for sale as the archdiocese undergoes a “major restructuring” that will impact its services and staff.

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“These properties are the first of many that will be listed for sale in the upcoming weeks and months. As much as is possible, we will try to keep you informed about this property appraisal and sale process,” Hundt wrote. 

It was gathered that before this time, the case of Mount Cashel was brought before the bishop but he didn’t take it seriously.

“It wouldn’t have gone to this public if the Archbishop had done the needful. He allowed it to get to the Supreme Court and there is nothing he can do anymore” Budden said.

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