Aggressor Priests: Archdiocese of Moncton Comes to Agreement with The Co-operators
The Archdiocese of Moncton claimed $4.2 million from the Co-operators insurance company (archives).
The Catholic Archdiocese of Moncton has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Co-operators insurance company. This ends a long-running dispute over compensation paid to victims of abusive priests.
The Archdiocese confirms that an agreement has been reached after two days of mediation with The Co-operators in the Court of King's Bench. The two parties thus avoid the trial scheduled for October.
The archdiocese had turned to the courts in 2013 to claim $ 4.2 million from the company Co- operators to cover part of the compensation paid to people sexually assaulted by priests. The insurer refused to cover these indemnities.
The archdiocese said Tuesday that it cannot release details of the agreement with The Co-operators as they are subject to a confidentiality clause. He did, however, specify that the money he will get from the insurer will be paid to victims of attacking priests.
The exercise proved to be painful both for the victims and for the Archdiocese. […] We regret all the harm done to the victims and recognize their patience, said the Archbishop of Moncton, Valery Vienneau.
Some victims who reached out-of-court settlements with the Archdiocese in recent years are still waiting to receive their compensation. These are the people who chose not to participate in the conciliation process led from 2012 to 2014 by retired judge Michel Bastarache.
In some cases, the payment of indemnities was conditional on the Archdiocese obtaining funds from The Co-operators. The Archdiocese said Tuesday that the agreement reached with The Co-operators will soon allow it to compensate these people.
Over the next few months, the Archdiocese will proceed to a final calculation of the amounts owed under the settlements and its available assets and will make every effort to resolve the indemnification agreements, reads the statement sent Tuesday to Radio-Canada.