February 19, 2005

Bishop disputes woman's complaints of poor church response

Yakima Herald-Republic


Bishop Carlos Sevilla of the Catholic Diocese of Yakima is disputing public statements made this week by a Seattle-area woman suing the diocese.

In a Yakima news conference Wednesday, Rose Yates Lamey, 53, said she was in town to serve Sevilla personally with a copy of her lawsuit, filed two weeks earlier.

Lamey alleges she was sexually abused by a priest at St. Aloysius Church in Toppenish more than 40 years ago.

During the news conference, Lamey indicated the diocese has not been responsive to her allegations that she was raped by the Rev. Michael J. Simpson, who is now deceased.

But Sevilla took strong exception to Lamey's charge that the diocese hasn't been responsive.

"I'm sorry, it's simply not true that we never offered to help," Sevilla said in a telephone interview Thursday night.

Posted by kshaw at February 19, 2005 09:57 AM