The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador has approved the sale of 42 properties belonging to the local Roman Catholic Church to pay survivors of sexual abuse at the former Mount Cashel orphanage.
Among the properties changing hands is the sprawling, 167-year-old Basilica of St. John the Baptist, which overlooks the province’s capital.
It was sold to the Basilica Heritage Foundation, a non-profit that has pledged to maintain the building as a place of worship.
Archbishop Peter Hundt says only a few of the churches sold so far were purchased by buyers with intentions to maintain the buildings as Catholic churches.
A message from Hundt read at masses over the weekend said 70 more church-owned properties across the island of Newfoundland will also be put up for sale.
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