Church Property Sales Begin in Sex Lawsuit

Metro News
September 7, 2010

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - The Roman Catholic Church has put a small portion of its Nova Scotia properties on the market to help pay for the settlement of a lawsuit in claims of sexual abuse.

Rev. Paul Abbass says the diocese of Antigonish has put about 25 of 400 non-core assets up for sale so far in the province's northeast.

The goal is to raise $18 million for the settlement of a class-action lawsuit with the alleged victims of sexual abuse from the 1950s to 2009.

Abbass says $6 million has already been raised through parish funds.

The plan is to release some properties in the early stages and learn from any mistakes before putting large numbers of properties on the market in the fall.

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