January 19, 2005

Court OKs sex-abuse suit against diocese


Staff Writer

Two young men who say they were molested as children by former priest Edward McKeown can proceed with their $68 million lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

The unanimous decision from the state's highest court not only clears the way for the two men to proceed with their lawsuit, which had been dismissed earlier, but also sets a new legal standard in certain claims of emotional distress.

The decision was a victory for the men, who have been seeking their day in court for five years now, one of their attorneys said.

''They feel partially vindicated,'' said attorney John Day. ''They know they've been wronged, and it is nice to see that a court has recognized that they have a right to a trial.''

Officials with the Diocese of Nashville said in a statement that they disagreed with the court's finding.

Posted by kshaw at January 19, 2005 07:56 AM