Sex abuse always known to be evil, lawyer says on Mount Cashel lawsuit in Newfoundland

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Closing arguments began Wednesday in a civil lawsuit led by former Mount Cashel residents who claim church officials ignored reports of horrific abuse at the orphanage in Newfoundland.Lawyers for about 60 claimants are in provincial Supreme Court, and say the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s is liable for incidents dating back to the 1940s.Lawyer Geoff Budden says church officials knew or ought to have known what was happening.He took aim at defence arguments, including that attitudes toward physical punishment of children have changed over time.“Some things are eternally regarded,” he told Judge Alphonsus Faour.Article Continued Below“The sexual abuse of children was always known to be inherently wrong and evil.”Representative plaintiffs can’t be named under a court order, but have alleged sexual attacks and beatings by the Christian Brothers of Ireland who ran Mount Cashel.One of those claimants sat in court Wednesday, hands clasped, listening intently to the proceedings.

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