Basilian Fathers ordered to pay £1.5m in damages for abuse
A Toronto jury has ordered the Congregation of St Basil to pay $2.6 million (£1.5 million) in damages to a man abused by a priest 50 years ago. The sum is a record for clerical abuse in Canada. The court heard that Hod Marshall (pictured) was moved between schools despite admitting he had abused teenage boys. In 2011 he was convicted of 17 instances of indecent assault and given a two-year sentence. Rod MacLeod, who was abused over four years, said he was pleased a new benchmark had been set. Fr David Katulski, the Basilians’ vicar general, apologised “sincerely and unreservedly” for Marshall’s conduct but said the order was considering an appeal.
Third priest dies amid violence in Mexico
A priest who was kidnapped last month has been found dead in the Mexican state of Morelos. Fr Moises Fabila Reyes, 83, who worked at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, was abducted while on holiday. He appears to have died of a heart attack as a result of the conditions in which he was held. His family are believed to have paid a ransom of more than $100,000.
Fr Reyes is the latest victim of Mexico’s endemic violence. In the week his body was found, two other priests were murdered. Fr Juan Miguel Contreras was shot dead while hearing Confessions. Fr Rubén Alcántara, vicar general of the Diocese of Cautitlan Izalli, outside Mexico City, was stabbed to death the day before. The Catholic Multimedia Center, which monitors violence, called it the Church’s “black April”.
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