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  • Fred foley
    October 08, 2013 - 15:03

    From 1959 to1968 i and my friends lived with the black robes . Justice will never come from the atrocities these bastards committed in the name of religion. October2013 and still no apologies no emotional help and so far no financial help to give us some closure.

  • disgusted former catholic
    May 26, 2013 - 11:23

    I am totally disgusted with the Catholic Church here for the way they are handling this . Priests were abusing kids from there as well as the Christian Brothers . The deputy chief of the RNC stalled a previous investigation that allowed this to go on for years more. So the fault is their now pay up for your sins and let the victims go on with whats left of their lives and heal. I will never set foot in a Catholic Church again because of the way you treated these victims who deserve much better. The Church is supposed to help people and not hurt them them but obviously they are greedy and its all about collecting money from you and living a luxurious life. They don't help the poor or victims of sexual abuse , so what are they there for? The sheep will continue to follow these sinners and support their corruption and coverups at all levels. These people should be jailed for covering up sexual abuse against innocent children and be forced to give up their luxuries and pay the victims for their sins.

  • Thin Line
    May 26, 2013 - 07:11

    @Jay - A civil law suit where someone is being sued, it not the same as a criminal law suit where someone is being charged. Being civily liable is not the same as being criminally guilty. There are different degrees of facts and resonable doubt required for each. If someone is found civily liable, they are not automatically found criminally guilty. Even if you want to make that stretch, you have to wait until the civil law suit is over before you say guilty. As the case is civil and not over yet, "innocent until proven guilty." There is no doubt that there are some people who are guilty as they are doing time. However, The Telegram is right to report "400 say" as there are the number of people making the civil suit against the criminally guilty people and other people. This number is simply not a direct report on the number of people who the courts decided were victims of those criminally guilty.

  • Florence Parsons
    May 25, 2013 - 19:45

    Mother Church "What would Jesus do?"

  • george p b
    May 25, 2013 - 16:28

    from the article----- Speaking for the Catholic Archdiocese Rev. Frank Puddister said “What we can do is look and see, do we have liability?” .. “Examine this and say ‘What response do we give to the claims?’ … Are we liable or not liable? We will receive the best advice we can and hope to bring it to a conclusion.” He said the archdiocese did not have direct supervision of the Christian Brothers....... Methinks "the Pud" is talking gobbledegook & stone walling, questioning the Archdiocese's liability. It's a sign the church will be digging its heels in & dragging their feet every step of the way. DISGRACEFUL!!!!!

  • DON II
    May 25, 2013 - 09:56

    It appears that the duplicitous connection between Church and State in Newfoundland is rooted in historical connections that date back over 400 years. It appears that the Church and State in Newfoundland are one and the same in practical terms and each has depended on and worked with the other to maintain power and control over the people in Newfoundland and Labrador. I commend the lawyers and the victims who are prepared to take on the Church and the Government of Newfoundland. Regrettably, that task will be difficult, costly and protracted as the Church and State will use their enormous power and financial resources to inordinately delay, obfuscate, misdirect, blame the victims and fight any and all challenges to their centuries old entrenched power. Justice must be done and must be seen to be done. The lawyers who take on the Church and State must be willing to resist the urge to settle quickly for less rather than to persevere over a protracted time frame to obtain the maximum compensation possible. The battle between good and evil is never ending! Someone once said that evil prevails when good people do nothing to stop it. The Government of Newfoundland has a long and sordid history of cover ups, wrongful convictions, abuses of power and authority and abuse of persons based on an arrogant, draconian and imperious concept of the use of political power that has not changed since the beginning or organized Government in Newfoundland!

  • Jay
    May 25, 2013 - 09:19

    "the settlement includes..............400 men and women....who"SAY" they were abused." Are Barb Sweet and the Telegram the only ones still contesting this on behalf of the Christian Brothers?