Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sudbury victim has harsh words for church

The victim of a now-dead priest he calls a "serial molester" had harsh words for the Catholic Church after settling his lawsuit in Sudbury on Monday.

The victim, identified only as P.J.J., issued the statement following an out-of-court settlement with the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.

"This five-year ordeal has cemented my thoughts that this church from the top down is not truly interested in action "¦ only hollow words of apology to placate the masses," he wrote in a statement released by Beckett Litigation Lawyers of London, Ont.

"If they were truly repentant I would call for them to immediately defrock the pervert collars (I cannot bring myself to ever use the term priest or father), and then offer all the support required to assist the victims. This would also mean to stop defending the convicted collars in litigation immediately.

"These moves would make the church much more acceptable to victims."

The victim alleged in the $3-million suit he was sexually abused by Father John Edward Sullivan when he served as an altar boy in Sudbury more than four decades ago. P.J.J., now 62, alleged pain and suffering, emotional and/or mental distress, and aggravated damages.  (more...)


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