April 07, 2005

Vatican asks judge in Louisville to dismiss suit over abuse


Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Vatican has responded to a federal lawsuit in Louisville over the priest molestation cases and says the suit is flawed and should be dismissed.

Lawyers for the Holy See, the legal identity of the Vatican, allege several problems with the lawsuit in filings in U.S. District Court this week. It is the church's first in-depth response.

The Vatican asks Judge John G. Heyburn II to dismiss the suit, which Louisville lawyer William McMurry filed last year on behalf of three men alleging abuse as far back as 1928. The lawsuit alleges a cover-up to protect priests who molested American children.

McMurry, who in 2003 represented 243 abuse victims in reaching a $25.7 million settlement with the Archdiocese of Louisville, is seeking to have the suit certified as a class-action case, alleging that "several thousand" victims exist nationwide.

Posted by kshaw at April 7, 2005 08:53 AM