31 October 2016
The Catholic Church in the UK could face a multi-million pound compensation bill following a test case which opens today on sexual abuse at a former children’s home.
The civil case, at the high court in Leeds, comes after the imprisonment earlier this year of the former principal and the chaplain at the home for offences against 11 boys between 1970 and 1991.
Five survivors have brought a civil claim against the Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle brotherhood, whose members ran St William’s Home in Market Weighton, east Yorkshire.
The Catholic Church in the UK could face one of the biggest payouts in its history if the civil case is successful.
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