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‘A beacon of hope’: Catholic priests’ appeal in sex-assault instance refused by Supreme Court

‘A beacon of hope’: Catholic priests’ appeal in sex-assault instance refused by Supreme Court

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If the ruling arrived down today, Rod MacLeod states, he felt “absolutely wonderful, like a lot happens to be lifted off my arms. ” Their attorney, Rob Talach, was more effusive, “I’m just overjoyed. I’ve offered the periodic hoot and holler within my home, and everyone else believes I’ve lost my marbles. ”

This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected an appeal through the Basilian Fathers of Toronto, bringing a conclusion up to a years’-long dispute that is legal. In April 2018, the Basilians had been purchased to cover MacLeod just over $2.5 million, including $500,000 in punitive damages, stemming from the sexual-assault instance when you look at the 1960s. MacLeod ended up being mistreated by Father Hodgson Marshall, then the Basilian priest, whenever MacLeod had been a pupil at St.