“Landmark priest sexual abuse trial opens in Quebec City” & related article

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Global Toronto

09 September 2013

Justice Claude Bouchard visits Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Cathedral, where priests allegedly abused young boys from the 1960s to the 1980s. A mega-trial begins in Quebec City on September 9, 2013.

Justice Claude Bouchard visits Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Cathedral, where priests allegedly abused young boys from the 1960s to the 1980s. A mega-trial begins in Quebec City on September 9, 2013. Caroline Plante/Global News

QUEBEC CITY – “I’m nervous, but we’ll see.” Frank Tremblay, 40, was hoping he would never have to revisit his old dormitory. That’s where he said the abuse took place.

Tremblay and about 50 other men have launched a class action suit against nine Catholic priests, including one already serving time in jail.

On opening day of the trial, Tremblay was asked to accompany the judge and a throng of lawyers inside Séminaire St. Alphonse, in Ste. Anne de Beaupré. Very rarely does a judge travel to a crime scene.

“In this case, there’s an obvious need for this because there are dormitories to visit, allegations children were moved and traveled from one place to another, allegations priests used the cars owned by the congregation to bring the children to cottages on weekends for the children to be further abused,” said Carlo Tarini, director of communications for the Association of victims of priests.

Tarini explained Father Raymond Marie Lavoie has already been convicted of the sexual assault of 13 boys in criminal court. But what the victims are seeking now is compensation: about $100,000 each. No one from the defense team wanted to comment on the beginning of proceedings.

“The religious communities are stonewalling all the claims of the victims,” argued Tarini.

“They’re asking for expertise, asking the lawyers to go through hoops in order to slow down the claims. In our point of view, this is very dirty and clashes with everything the Catholic church preaches at mass on Sundays.”

The trial is expected to last twenty days. Seventeen victims will testify there was a system, in which the priests would often trade them like hockey cards.

Many of the priests named in the suit have since passed away.

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Que. class-action trial against 9 alleged pedophile priests to begin Monday

CNews   Canoe News

07 September 2013

By Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency


Father Raymond-Marie Lavoie at the courthouse on Feb. 10, 2012. Lavoie is one of the priests named in the lawsuit. (Annie T. Roussel/Journal de Quebec/QMI Agency)

 

MONTREAL — The first class-action lawsuit to go to trial in Quebec against alleged pedophile priests begins on Monday.

Lead plaintiff Frank Tremblay is suing the college and the order of priests associated with one of the holiest shrines in North America for millions in damages.

Tremblay claims nine priests who taught at the prestigious all-boys boarding school, located 35 km east of Quebec City, abused students between 1960 and 1987.

His lawyer, Pierre Boivin, said 50 former students have come forward, however, he added that there are potentially hundreds of former students who will demand compensation from the college if it is found guilty.

He said the case is the first of its kind to go to trial in Quebec.

1 Response to “Landmark priest sexual abuse trial opens in Quebec City” & related article

  1. Sylvia says:

    “Seventeen victims will testify there was a system, in which the priests would often trade them like hockey cards.”

    I’m sure there will be a battle royal in the courtroom over these allegations. Any time there is the slightest hint of “conspiracy” or a paedophile ring all the ‘guns’ are drawn and aimed.

    Keep all those victims who will be called to testify in your prayers. And please keep tabs on media coverage – send me links to ensure I don’t miss any coverage.

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