As in many of these sad tales, the only ones getting rich are the lawyers! No wonder Mr. Talach (who represents the majority of victims in Ontario) is trolling for more victims. The more he finds... the richer he gets!!!
And the victims get screwed again.
Civil suit reality check.Independent investigations and outside legal advise makes us believe that at the end of the day the Diocese of Pembroke will pay out approximately 13.5% - 15.5% of the civil suit amount to the actual victims. That amount could be significantly higher if they end up having to pay some victims court costs and certainly if more victims come forward. If more evidence of their negligence surface that to could increase the percentages. These estimates are based on outcomes of similar cases in Ontario.
On top of that they will in all likelihood pay there own lawyers a figure that will be close to 30% +/- a few hundred thousand dollars of the total disbursement they will have given to the victims. The irony is that the longer they punish the victims and prolong their attempts at re-victimization the more it will eventually cost them. They have warned local priests that their pensions will be affected and have made every attempt outside of the press to paint the victims as the evil ones who simply want money out of greed. No amount of money exists to compensate for the evil, the pain and the torment that all victims have had to live with.
Perhaps those with a vested interest should ask them what they hope to achieve in the end. Somehow this tactic sounds strangely like that old adage about “ cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”. Veiled threats of legal action, charging neglect on the parts of some victim’s elderly parents, threatened legal action against at least one contributor to this web-site and suggestions that the civil cases could drag on for years suggesting indefinite suffering are all familiar tactics. Make no mistake, all is fair in the defense of the Pembroke diocese. Right, wrong, truth and justice all take a back seat to simply protecting their bankbook. If any clerics in the diocese can defend this behavior and reconnect it to all that they preach from their pulpits we would love to hear it. E-mail it to us and we will gladly post it on this site.
Unlike the inference that Bishop Windle made in his infamous letter of 1993 that the victims of Polish descent could be counted on not to cause trouble we are here to tell them that those days are long gone and that we will fight to the bitter end to see truth and justice prevail.