February 15, 2005

Seattle Archdiocese removed as defendant in sex-abuse case

Seattle Times

By Janet I. Tu
Seattle Times staff reporter

A King County Superior Court judge has removed the Seattle Archdiocese as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by an Idaho man who accused now-defrocked priest John Cornelius of molesting him years ago.

The lawsuit, filed last year by Timothy McKenna of Idaho Falls, said Cornelius molested him when Cornelius was a student at Mount Angel Seminary near Portland, then later when he was a priest-in-training at St. Thomas seminary in Kenmore, and later as a priest with the Seattle Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church.

On Friday, Judge Paris Kallas said the Seattle Archdiocese and the Sulpicians, the Catholic religious order that ran St. Thomas seminary, should not be part of McKenna's suit.

In the suit, McKenna accused Cornelius of abusing him from about 1969 to 1975, when McKenna was about 10 to 16.

Cornelius became a friend of the family's after befriending McKenna's brother, who attended Mount Angel Seminary with Cornelius.

Posted by kshaw at February 15, 2005 03:58 AM