April 18, 2005

Diocese, victims closer to settlement: lawyer

CANADA
CBC News

WebPosted Apr 18 2005 01:28 PM NDT
CBC News

ST. JOHN'S A deal to compensate sexual abuse victims of Father Kevin Bennett may be close at hand.

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland granted another extension Monday to allow lawyers more time to negotiate a compensation package.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. George's has been in bankruptcy protection since March.

The diocese had until Monday to have the matter settled.

Lawyer Greg Stack, who represents 35 of the 36 victims involved in the case, says circumstances have changed since the diocese's last application for an extension.

"This time, all I can say is there has been progress," Stack said.

"There's nothing final, but we can see a resolution at this stage."

Posted by kshaw at April 18, 2005 11:28 AM