Pinole Woman Sues Vatican Over Alleged Sex Abuse By Priest

California News Wire Services

October 25, 2018

The priest is now a registered sex offender living in Walnut Creek, according to the lawsuit.

Two sexual abuse survivors announced in San Francisco on Wednesday that they have sued the Vatican in federal court for allegedly failing to prevent and covering up the abuse of them and others as children by priests.

Kathleen Stonebraker of Pinole and James Keenan of Minnesota claim they were abused during their childhoods by Roman Catholic priests who were previously suspected or should have been suspected to be molesters but were allowed to remain in contact with young people.

Their lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday. It accuses the Vatican, a sovereign nation officially known as the Holy See, of violating customary international human rights law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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