Alleged Victims of Sexual Abuse to Sue Philadelphia Archdiocese

NEPA News [Philadelphia PA]
January 29, 2004

Five people who claim to have been molested by priests plan to announce Friday that they are suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Lawyers representing the alleged victims declined to reveal their clients names Thursday or provide details on the suits. The suits involve three priests in the archdiocese, according to a statement released by attorneys Richard Serbin and Jay Abramowitch.

The suits would be among several that have been filed against Catholic church officials across the state in recent weeks. Four people who claimed to have been abused by priests filed lawsuits against the Pittsburgh diocese on Jan. 14. Five people sued the diocese of Allentown on Jan. 13. A 44-year-old man who claimed to have been abused as a child sued the Philadelphia archdiocese in December.

A message left at the Philadelphia archdiocese was not immediately returned Thursday. Church officials have declined to comment on previous lawsuits.


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