KY: Judge Says Abused Men Can Sue Vatican

Free Market News Network [Louisville KY]
January 12, 2007

Finding the root cause for abuse from someone else may not be important to some, but for three Kentucky men, there may be at least a day in court. According to wire services reports posted at Raw Story, the trio of Louisville survivors of alleged sexual abuse by their childhood priests have been granted the right to pursue a negligence lawsuit against the Vatican.

The ruling was made by U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, and involves the men's claim that "top church officials" should have warned the public and local authorities about suspected child sex abuse by priests within the Archdiocese of Louisville. Their attorney, William McMurry, reportedly said the ruling might lead to deposing Vatican officials and obtaining copies of church records and documents.

"Our whole purpose is to hold the Vatican accountable," McMurry is quoted as saying. There has been no comment from the Vatican. The article notes that this is the first time a lawsuit naming "the pope, the Vatican and other high-ranking church officials" has been allowed to proceed.


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