Newfoundland Archdiocese gives update on its process for handling abuse claims IG News

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scheduled tribe. JOHNS, NL – The Archdiocese of St. Johns, NL, says it has nearly completed the process of selling church properties in the city as it deals with sex abuse claims.

Archbishop Peter Hundt issued a statement on Sunday saying that all church buildings have been offered either through a tender sale process or through real estate agent listings.

Hundt says that the same process will soon begin in the rural areas of the archdiocese.

The work is the result of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that held the church responsible for abuses committed at the Mount Cashel Orphanage between the 1940s and 1960s, resulting in abuse claims of over $50 million.

Hundt says the hope is that the claims process will be complete by this time next year and that victims and their families will find “some degree of healing and peace.”

The archbishop says an administrative reorganization is also underway and a new corporate structure for the archdiocese is planned to be implemented by January 1.

Hundt said the archdiocese has worked with court-appointed monitors and representative attorneys for claimants to finalize a claims process that allows anyone with a claim to submit it.

“Through this process we will determine the value and number of claims that must be addressed by the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s,” Hundt said.

He said the process would take several months to conduct and further details would be released as they emerge.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 20, 2022.

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