Catholic order settles second historic case involving Calgary priest

Calgary Herald

September 3, 2019

By Mehan Potkins

A Catholic order has reached a settlement with a second alleged victim of a former Calgary priest and teacher at Bishop Grandin high school in a decades-old sexual abuse case.

The two male accusers are now calling for the renaming of a charitable foundation and a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus that bear the late priest’s name.

Two civil settlements have been reached with the Basilian Fathers of Toronto over allegations that Father Fred Cahill, who died in 1983, repeatedly sexually abused boys that he counselled and taught at Bishop Grandin or supervised as chaplain at Camp Columbus near Waterton.

The second alleged victim, Martin Ralph, now 57, says Cahill preyed upon him and repeatedly sexually abused and assaulted him when he was about 15 years old and a student in the priest’s English class in the late 1970s. He hopes the church won’t continue to pay tribute to a man responsible for so much suffering.

“He was an evil man and he didn’t deserve the accolades,” Ralph says. “It’s as simple as that. He ruined so many people’s lives, that’s why this is so important.”

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