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Norman Redwing V. Catholic Bishop for the Diocese of Memphis

Supreme Court of Tennessee
February 27, 2012

http://www.tncourts.gov/sites/default/files/redwingnopn.pdf

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE

AT JACKSON

April 7, 2011 Session

NORMAN REDWING v. CATHOLIC BISHOP FOR THE

DIOCESE OF MEMPHIS

Appeal by Permission from the Court of Appeals, Middle Section

Circuit Court for Shelby County

No. CT-005052-08 DíArmy Bailey, Judge

No. W2009-00986-SC-R11-CV - Filed February 27, 2012

This appeal involves a dispute regarding the civil liability of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis for acts of child sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by one of its priests in the 1970s. A victim of this alleged abuse filed suit against the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis in the Circuit Court for Shelby County seeking monetary damages. The Diocese moved to dismiss the complaint, arguing that the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine deprived state courts of subject matter jurisdiction and that the victimís claims were barred by the statute of limitations. The trial court denied the Dioceseís motion. The Court of Appeals held that the statute of limitations had run on the victimís claims and that the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine barred state courts from considering the victimís negligent hiring and retention claims but not the negligent supervision claims. Redwing v. Catholic Bishop for Diocese of Memphis, No. W2009-00986-COA-R10-CV, 2010 WL 2106222 (Tenn. Ct. App. May 27, 2010). We granted the victimís Tenn. R. App. P. 11 application for permission to appeal. We have concluded that the Court of Appeals erred by concluding that the state courts lack subject matter jurisdiction over the victimís claims and that the victimís claims are barred by the statute of limitations.

 

 

 

 

 




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