by gbrouillard on February 8, 2016 - 2:51pm
Since the first stories about the allegations of physical and sexual abuses by priests started to surface in the late 1980s in Canada, a lot of new cases started to appear in the news. A new case just came up in the Montreal Gazette but this time, it is about the compensation to a newly identified victim. In the article named Victims of Catholic brother will be compensated by Paul Delean, it explains that an out-court settlement has been made between the Catholic brother Jean-Paul Thibault of the congregation Frères de Notre-Dame de la Miséricorde and the victims. This article from February 3rd 2016 states that the 73 years old priest who worked at College Saint-Hilaire will have to compensate an amount ranging from at least $55,000 to upwards to $110,000.
This kind of event really gets to me for two main reasons. The first one is that I went to a catholic school name College Saint-Paul. This means that maybe in the past, this sort of event might have happened in the school that I attended. Another reason is that in my first three years of high school, there was still a priest present in the school. He was really sweet and in no way he could have done an act like described in the article. Based on my experiences about this subject, I can tell that this sort of situation really upsets me. Of course, it upsets me because it is wrong in all the ways imaginable, but also because it depicts a really bad image of the catholic religion and of the priests who worked for the education department and actually did a good job. Because I am sure there are many priest who really cared about their student’s wellbeing and it is sad that only the bad stories come up in the news.