February 18, 2005

Seattle Archdiocese Removed From Lawsuit


February 15, 2005

By KOMO Staff & News Services

SEATTLE - The Seattle Archdiocese has been removed as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by an Idaho man who accused now-defrocked priest John Cornelius of molesting him years ago.

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

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

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

Posted by kshaw at February 18, 2005 08:19 AM