|Sex-Abuse Lawsuit against Pueblo Diocese Can Continue
June 16, 2009
A federal judge said Monday that a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo can go forward, denying the church's claim that the lawsuit was filed too long after the fact.
The lawsuit involves former Catholic priest Andrew Burke. He committed suicide in September 2005, just as allegations about his sexual conduct with a 10-year-old altar boy at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Pueblo in the early 1970s were about to be made public.
Matt Cortez of Denver filed the lawsuit naming the diocese and the church as defendants.
Burke, 62 at the time of his death, left the priesthood in 1973.
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