Priest used risk of everlasting damnation to facilitate little one sexual abuse, lawsuit claims – Calgary Herald

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Sexual abuse by the hands of a Calgary Catholic priest practically a half-century in the past has brought on a lifetime of heartache for a central Alberta man, a $2.95-million lawsuit claims.

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The swimsuit, filed by a plaintiff utilizing solely his initials, says Father Frank Van Tighem’s abuse included utilizing the specter of everlasting damnation to facilitate his legal behaviour.

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It names Van Tighem and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary as defendants.

“Starting in 1973 when the plaintiff was 11 years previous and for 3 years thereafter, Van Tighem sexually abused, assaulted and molested the plaintiff,” says a press release of declare filed in Calgary Court docket of Queen’s Bench.

“So as to facilitate the abuse Van Tighem … engaged in a sample of behaviour which was supposed to make the plaintiff really feel that his soul was in jeopardy.”

The assertion of declare says Van Tighem was ordained as a Catholic priest on June 4, 1960. It doesn’t say whether or not it’s believed he’s nonetheless alive, but when so, Van Tighem can be 96 years previous.

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The disgraced priest was sentenced to 2 years much less a day to be adopted by two years of probation in January 1995 for sexually molesting seven women between the ages of six and 17.

The abuse occurred over a interval of 27 years from the time he was ordained up till 1987.

On the time, then-provincial court docket Decide John James famous the impression of Van Tighem’s abuse was grave, however the priest was deeply remorseful for his conduct.

He additionally stated Van Tighem suffered from the publicity surrounding his prosecution.

“The numerous public recognition and attendant denunciation of his conduct deliver dwelling to those that could be inclined to commit related offences the diploma of public humiliation and scorn that will comply with,” James stated.

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The lawsuit, filed by London, Ont., private damage lawyer Robert Talach, states the plaintiff will argue Van Tighem’s 1994 convictions for abusing these different younger victims shall be raised as related reality proof in his case.

The declare says the plaintiff, now 59, has skilled a lifetime of trauma on account of the abuse, together with “impairment of his alternative to expertise a standard childhood, adolescence and maturity,” alcohol and drug abuse and suicidal ideas.

“The plaintiff was disadvantaged of a standard wholesome adolescence on account of the actions or inactions of the defendants. The lifetime of the plaintiff was basically and endlessly modified by the above-noted behaviour.”

The diocese was in charge by educating the plaintiff Catholic doctrine together with “that clergymen are chosen representatives on earth of God and have particular powers” and failing to comply with church guidelines, ideas and ideologies will ship you to hell.

Statements of defence to the unproven allegations haven’t been filed.

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