The Archdiocese of St. John’s is on the hook for outstanding bills the Christian Brothers of Ireland left behind after going bankrupt following the settlement of child abuse lawsuits relating to the Mount Cashel Orphanage.

On Jan. 14, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear one last appeal from the archdiocese, which has always denied it was responsible for the abuse that occurred at Mount Cashel dating back to the 1950s.

The archdiocese has argued before the court that it was not involved in the orphanage’s day-to-day operations and that the Christian Brothers was a lay organization whose members were not ordained priests of the archdiocese.

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