Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Diocese can use trust funds

http://www.globaltoronto.com/Catholic+diocese+trust+funds+abuse+victims/3901308/story.html
N.B. Catholic diocese can use trust funds to pay sex abuse victimsCanadian Press: Monday, November 29, 2010

A judge has ruled that a New Brunswick diocese can compensate victims of sexual abuse through trust funds that were set up to help train future clergy.
Photo Credit: Michaela Rehle, REUTERSMIRAMICHI, N.B. - A judge has ruled that a New Brunswick diocese can compensate victims of sexual abuse through trust funds that were set up to help train future clergy.


Earlier this month, the Roman Catholic diocese of Bathurst asked the Court of Queen's Bench to allow it to take money from 21 trust funds that were intended to help educate men who want to become priests.


In a ruling today, Justice Fred Ferguson said the diocese could use some of the trust fund money to help compensate sexual abuse victims.


Ferguson ruled that the diocese can access more than $2.2 million of the $3.7 million in trust funds.


The 21 trusts are from bequests, such as donations and wills, made between 1911 and 1995.


A conciliation process has identified 35 people who deserve compensation and apologies as a result of being abused.

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