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According to evidence filed by the company that insures the Archdiocese of Saint John’s Newfoundland, former Archbishop Alphonese Penney was aware of sexual allegations against convicted sex abuser Father James Hickey in 1980.

But Penney testified before the Winter Commission in 1992 that he wasn’t aware of the allegations until at least 1986.

The evidence has been filed as part of the insurance companies attempt to deny responsibility for paying compensation to boys who were sexually abused by Father Hickey when he was a priest with the Archdiocese of Saint John’s.

If the allegations are true, it looks like there are grounds to investigate whether Archbishop Penney committed perjury.

You can read more in my article Is Archbishop Penney Guilty of Perjury? which I have posted on my Sexual Abuse Claims Blog.

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For almost twenty years I have dedicated my practice to representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I wrote Breaking the Silence: The Survivor’s Guide to Sexual Abuse Claims so that abuse survivors and their families can get good solid information about their legal options, privately and confidentially.

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