Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Church faces 140 child abuse claims

Telegraph, London
Church faces 140 child abuse claims
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent

(Filed: 03/08/2006)

The Roman Catholic Church faced fresh embarrassment over child abuse allegations yesterday after one of the country's largest class actions was launched against a former Catholic children's home.

Up to 140 men are suing the authorities responsible for the St William's Community Home in Market Weighton, East Yorks, where they claim a brutal regime of sexual and physical abuse was allowed to run unchecked for 30 years.

The action could result in damages running into millions of pounds, a potentially severe blow to the Church, which has recently had to make a number of large payouts to victims.

Last year, a man who was psychologically damaged by a decade of abuse by a priest in Coventry was awarded £1 million in the High Court.

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