1996 - Newfoundland's government paid $7 million to victims shortly after the Christian Brothers' schools network in Canada filed for bankruptcy when faced with huge lawsuits alleging abuse over decades at a now closed Christian Brothers orphanage in St. John's, Newfoundland. The order now faces $50 million in outstanding claims from more than 120 victims and the Newfoundland government, which hopes to recoup money it had paid out.

1990 - Archbishop Alphonsus Penney of Newfoundland resigned after a church commission criticized him for failing to prevent extensive abuse of orphanage boys.