Judge Throws out Suit against Archdiocese

May 16, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Jefferson Circuit Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the archdiocese of Louisville.

The lawsuit filed by Gary and Margie Weiter, of Louisville, alleged the archdiocese violated its own policies on responding to sexual abuse.

Margie Weiter contended a priest who had allegedly been sexually abusive was moving about at the St. Therese Catholic Church in Germantown unsupervised and circulating among children and that she was fired when she complained.

The Weiters also claimed a convicted sex offender, Bruce Ewing, was active in a parish council.

Judge Mitch Perry ruled Monday that the court could not review the claim because it would amount to the government interfering with how a religious organization disciplines members.

Weiter and her husband are now considering an appeal.


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