Bishop Named in Lawsuit

The News-Leader [Missouri]
November 19, 2006

John Leibrecht, bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese, is one of 178 bishops named as defendants in a civil child sex abuse lawsuit brought by the family of a murdered Wisconsin man.

According to a news release, Leibrecht is among bishops who have recently been served with the suit by a county sheriff.

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The local bishop did not comment.

Diocesan spokeswoman Recy Moore said Leibrecht confirmed he had been served last week and has turned the matter over to the diocesan attorney.

The lawsuit, which seeks no monetary damages, was filed in August in Wisconsin and asks a state judge to force all of America's Catholic bishops and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to disclose the names of roughly 5,000 "proven, admitted and credibly accused abusive priests in the U.S."

The suit is being brought by the family of a man who was shot and killed in 2002 by a suspected pedophile priest who also allegedly owned guns and pornography.


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