Lincoln Diocese Settles Abuse Suit

By Stephen Buttry
Omaha World Herald (Nebraska)
March 30, 2004

The Lincoln Catholic Diocese expressed regret Monday for pain and suffering experienced by an Arizona man who accused a priest of molesting him.

In statements released by the diocese and the attorney for Robert Goodman of Phoenix, the diocese did not explicitly agree that the Rev. Jerome Murray abused Goodman at St. Joseph Catholic Church and Grade School in York in the 1970s.

However, a statement by Goodman's attorney, William Walker of Tucson, Ariz., said, "The Diocese acknowledges that Mr. Goodman has presented his claims in good faith and with sincerity. ... The Diocese regrets any pain or suffering that Mr. Goodman may have experienced."

A statement released by Monsignor Timothy Thorburn said the diocese was pleased to settle the lawsuit and would have no comment beyond Walker's statement.

Neither party disclosed whether the diocese paid anything in the settlement.


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