New settlement includes Mount Cashel victims

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The former Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John's. — Telegram file photo

A new settlement has been reached with the Catholic lay order, the Irish Christian Brothers, that affects some 160 victims of sexual abuse at the former Mount Cashel orphanage in St. John’s, The Telegram has learned.

The settlement is part of a $16.5 million cash payment from the Christian Brothers affecting 400 men and women in the U.S. and Canada who were molested as children by members of the Christian Brothers.

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc. has approved the terms and conditions of an agreed-to reorganization plan in the Chapter 11 cases of The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc. (In the United States, the Christian Brothers are the civil arms of the North American Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers of Ireland.)

 In response to sexual abuse claims, the Christian Brothers filed Chapter 11 cases on April 28, 2011 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. During the course of the Chapter 11 cases, more than 400 survivors of sexual and physical abuse filed claims with the Bankruptcy Court. The claims generally arise from the Christian Brothers’ operation/staffing of schools and child-care facilities from 17 U.S. states and Canada.

 The reorganization plan, which the parties anticipate will be filed within the next three weeks, provides for steps by the Christian Brothers which the committee said it believes will safeguard children from future abuse.

Geoff Budden of Budden, Morris Law Offices in Mount Pearl, who represents 90 of former Mount Cashel residents, said it will take several months for the allocations to be worked out and eligible victims to receive cheques.

The settlement does not prevent any of the clients from continuing their claims against the Catholic archdiocese.

The victims include people who were at the Mount Cashel orphanage in the 1940s right up to when it closed in the late 80s.

The legal battle for those victims stretches back to the late 1990s.

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Organizations: Christian Brothers Institute, Ireland, Christian Brothers.The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors North American United States Bankruptcy Court

Geographic location: Mount Cashel, United States, Canada Mount Pearl

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  • Justice
    May 25, 2013 - 08:55

    If you want to know why there are so many delays, look at the plaintiffs' lawyers. Just think of all the cash the plaintiffs' lawyers are making from this case. The longer they drag it out, the more they make. Lawyers can easily give their clients unreasonable expectations or go for vain claims and actions in order to drag things out for more cash.

  • Bonita
    May 23, 2013 - 17:23

    There is no amount of money can fix this,,,I am sure the money will help them get on with their lives,,, in see way....but the best think to happen would be to disassemble the Catholic Church.... Just make it disappear,,,, starting with the Pope,,,, The cover ups,,, the abuse all of it ,,,,,,,,it's sickening,,,how much more is society suppose to tolerate,,,,,,,,,abolish churches all together. Finish with it all.

  • Judy Jones
    May 23, 2013 - 17:09

    Yes, these survivors are very courageous for taking action to expose the truth. This is so tragic that so many children have been abused by the Christian Brothers, who were to care for them, not harm them. Child sex abuse is a life sentence to the victims, these abusers and those who covered up their crimes should spend some time behind bars. Hopefully these victims will feel at least a bit of justice for their pain, They are in our hearts, and we hope they know that they are not alone. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by any of the Christian Brothers, will find the courage and strength to speak up and contact police, no matter how long ago it happened. Silence is not an options anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com, "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  • Judy Jones
    May 23, 2013 - 16:47

    This is so tragic that so many children have been abused by the Christian Brothers, who were to care for them, not harm them. Child sex abuse is a life sentence to the victims, these abusers and those who covered up their crimes should spend some time behind bars. Hopefully these victims will feel at least a bit of justice for their pain, They are in our hearts, and we hope they know that they are not alone. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by any of the Christian Brothers, will find the courage and strength to speak up and contact police, no matter how long ago it happened. Silence is not an options anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com, "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)