Montreal Congregation Of Holy Cross To Pay Sexual Abuse Victims

10/06/2011 01:16 pm ET | Updated Dec 06, 2011

MONTREAL -- A Roman Catholic organization has agreed to pay up $18 million in compensation for sexual abuse committed over several decades in Quebec.

The Congregation of Holy Cross committed Thursday to issuing an apology and providing financial compensation for abuses committed at three different institutions between 1950 and 2001. The assaults occurred over that period at College Notre-Dame in Montreal, and over shorter periods at two other institutions.

The announcement comes after a mediation process launched last December by the congregation and by victims' representatives, who had been preparing a class-action lawsuit.

Jean-Pierre Aumont, the provincial superior of the congregation, says he is "truly pained" by the crimes committed and the suffering they caused.