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.
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