Australian archbishop challenges ‘excessive’ abuse award
March 16, 2023
CWN Editor's Note: Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne has appealed a court decision that awarded $1.9 million (Australian) to a sex-abuse victim.
An attorney for the archdiocese said that “the award of $525,000 (about $350,000 US dollars) for pain and suffering was manifestly excessive.” In its appeal the archdiocese argued that while the molestation by a former priest was undoubtedly damaging, other factors—including a dysfunctional family life and alcohol use—were also factors in his emotional and physical suffering.
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