The Current Anna Maria Tremonti
Monday November 20, 2017
Almost every month for the past year, lawsuits have been filed against New Brunswick’s Catholic Church by alleged victims seeking compensation for sexual abuse by priests.
The recent wave of allegations follows an earlier process, led by retired justice Michel Bastarache, that led to settlements with nearly 200 victims of sexual abuse by priests in New Brunswick.
There are now 56 alleged cases of sex abuse before the courts in the province involving the church — and the archbishop is concerned they no longer have the money to compensate all the victims coming forward.
But critics say the Catholic Church has the resources to pay, and its reluctance to do so is a strategy to save face and protect the institution.
- Jean-Louis Pitre, a victim who reached a settlement with the Church
- Pierre, who is in the middle of a settlement process against deceased N.B. priest Camille Leger
- Brenda Brunelle, who heads up the Canadian chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Listen to the conversation and the top of this post.
This segment was produced by The Current’s Amra Pasic and Yamri Taddese.