January 18, 2006

Church eyes new process for sex cases

London Free Press


A London lawyer is proposing what he says will be a kinder, speedier and money-saving system for resolving legal disputes arising from sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the Diocese of London.

Lawyer Paul Ledroit said the proposed dispute resolution system would replace lengthy and costly civil suits with a compassionate approach that will spare abuse victims the emotional trauma that can result from prolonged civil litigation.

Ledroit's announcement came as his firm launched a $3.1-million suit on behalf of a 60-year-old London woman who says she was abused by a Catholic priest while a student at Mount St. Joseph's Academy in London in the 1950s.

A statement of claim filed in the Superior Court of Justice in London names retired priest Charles Henry Sylvestre, the Roman Catholic Diocese of London and Bishop Ronald Peter Fabbro as defendants.

Posted by kshaw at January 18, 2006 07:24 AM