Bishop Will Discuss Sex-Abuse Lawsuits

Santa Cruz Sentinel [Aptos CA]
January 27, 2004

APTOS ó Bishop Sylvester Ryan of the Diocese of Monterey will discuss the sexual-abuse litigation facing the diocese at a meeting from 7-8:30 tonight at Resurrection Church. Diocese parishioners and parents have been invited to the meeting.

The diocese released a statement Monday saying it had filed papers with the state Judicial Council asking that all cases be assigned to the same Santa Clara County courtroom to streamline proceedings and ensure consistent standards are applied.

One case has been served against the diocese so far, said spokesman Kevin Drabinksi. That case involves alleged abuse of several altar boys in the 1960s by a now-deceased priest who served at St. Johnís in Felton.

More cases may follow. Many were filed last year to take advantage of an extension of the statute of limitations, but those filed at the end of the year may not have been served yet.


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