April 13, 2005

Court hears suit against Milwaukee Archdiocese

Pioneer Press

Associated Press

FOND DU LAC, Wis. A man who says he was abused by a Catholic priest in the 1960s should be allowed to pursue his lawsuit against the Milwaukee Archdiocese because it covered up for decades that it was complicit in the abuse, an attorney for the man told the Wisconsin Supreme Court Tuesday.

The statute of limitations in place at the time of the alleged abuse cut off the man's ability to sue in 1969, when he reached the age of 21.

But Marci Hamilton, a New York law professor representing him, said the man did not learn until 2002 that the archdiocese knew about abuse allegations against the Rev. George Nuedling and moved him between parishes despite the allegations.

Attorney John Rothstein, representing the archdiocese, countered it would be unfair to force the archdiocese to defend itself against allegations about a priest who died 11 years ago.

Posted by kshaw at April 13, 2005 07:07 AM