Monday, May 11, 2009

New abuse claim against the Jesuits


From The Tablet, in part: THE JESUITS could face a multi-millionpound damages bill after the High Court in London accepted claims of sexual abuse made by a former City lawyer.
Patrick Raggett, who is seeking up to £5 million, the biggest individual claim against the Church in Britain to date, said that the abuse by Fr Michael Spencer at the Jesuit-run Preston Catholic College in the 1970s had ruined his life.
Mrs Justice Swift ruled that even though the abuse took place more than 30 years ago, which the Jesuits argued made it “statute barred”, it was not too late for Mr Raggett to seek damages.
Meanwhile, a case involving three men who claim they were abused in homes in the 1970s
run by Nugent Care Society, a Catholic organisation, was heard in the High Court this
week. The men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are spearheading a claim for damages
involving dozens of residents of institutions for troubled children, St Aidan’s and St Vincent’s, in the Liverpool area.

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Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen