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Archdiocese of St. John’s, NL, sells most church buildings


Archdiocese of St. John’s, NL, said it was close to completing the sale of church properties in the city when it came to dealing with sexual abuse complaints.

Archbishop Peter Hundt issued a statement on Sunday saying that all of the church buildings were offered for sale through the sales tender process or through a real estate agent listing.

Hundt said rural areas of the archdiocese will soon begin the same process.

The work is the result of a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that held the church accountable for abuse that occurred at the Mount Cashel Orphanage between the 1940s and 1960s, which resulted in a settlement of claims. abuse claims worth more than $50 million.

Hundt said it hoped the claim process would be completed by this time next year and that the victims and their families would receive “a measure of healing and peace.”

The archbishop said administrative restructuring is also continuing and that a new corporate structure for the archdiocese is expected to be in place by January 1.

Hundt said the archdiocese has been working with a court-appointed ombudsman and advisor representing claimants to finalize the claims process allowing anyone with a claim present.

“Through this process, we will confirm the value and number of claims made by the Roman Catholic Bishops’ Group of St. John has to deal.

He said the process will take several months to manage and other details will be announced as it unfolds.


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

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