N.B. diocese to compensate 35 people for abuse

The Canadian Press/November 3, 2010

Bathurst, New Brunswick - A Catholic diocese in northern New Brunswick says a conciliation process has identified 35 people who deserve compensation and apologies as a result of being abused by clergy.

A statement issued by Rev. Wesley Wade of the Diocese of Bathurst says the individuals will receive a formal apology and compensation following recommendations from former Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache.

Bastarache was hired by the diocese earlier this year after Levi Noel, a former priest, pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault against 18 boys between 1958 and 1980.

Noel was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The diocese is extending the deadline for the conciliation process to Dec. 1, but a number of people have expressed interest in taking legal action instead.

No one from the diocese was available for comment.

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