Lawsuits against Diocese of London on the Rise

CD98.9 [Canada]
December 20, 2006

The number of lawsuits against the Diocese of London has ballooned to 41 since Father Charles Sylvestre was convicted. Sylvester was convicted last October of indecent assault against 47 girls. A progress report issued today by the Diocese says it's been advised of six more possible claims, and that it is hopeful some of the claims can be resolved out of court with "reconciliation" as opposed to cash. In an effort to stop the abuse of children at the hands of Catholic priests, Bishop Ronald Fabbro is also seeking to develop a sexual abuse policy. A draft policy is expected to be completed by the end of February when it will be circulated to the public for input. The final sexual abuse policy will be issued at the end of March along with a companion document that contains a "code of conduct." The Chatham priest, who had served in Port Dover, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges which stem from incidents that occurred between 1954 and 1986.


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