Catholic Church Reviewing Court Decision on Damage Liability in Mount Cashel Case


July 30, 2020

The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation is reviewing a Court of Appeal ruling that found it guilty of vicarious liability for the sexual and other abuse suffered by boys at Mount Cashel from the late 40s to the early 60s.

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador ruled in March, 2018 that the corporation was not liable. However, the Court of Appeal has unanimously overturned parts of that ruling including the question of liability.

The Archdiocese of St. John’s says it was never responsible for the operations of the orphanage or the school at Mount Cashel, but the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (Appeal Division) wrote that the Archdiocese provided the Brothers who were staffing Mount Cashel with the power, environment and tools to carry out their wrongdoing virtually undetected.

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