Sexual abuse victim filing class action suit against Montreal archdiocese

A class action lawsuit seeking damages for victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests and other religious figures has been launched against Montreal's Catholic archdiocese.

The request for the suit was filed in Quebec Superior Court on Wednesday by the Montreal law firm Arsenault Dufresne Wee Avocats, and aims to cover "all persons, as well as their heirs, who were sexually abused, in Quebec, by any representative of the [Montreal archdiocese or archiepiscopal corporation] between 1940 and today."

The main plaintiff in the case is one of the victims of Brian Boucher, the Catholic priest who was recently sentenced to eight years in prison for assaulting boys at some of the parishes he worked at in Montreal's west end and the West Island.

He's asking for a total of $600,000 in damages — $300,000 in compensation for "his suffering, his distress, his loss of self-esteem, his shame, and his humiliation over the years", another $150,000 in compensation for his financial losses, and another $150,000 in punitive damages.

A judge now has to decide whether or not the suit will go ahead.

Anyone wishing to get in on the suit is being asked to contact the law firm, or email actiondiocesemontreal@adwavocats.com