July 21, 2005

Pilla knocked for role in sex case

The News-Herald

A day after testifying in a sex abuse-related case, Bishop Anthony Pilla was criticized by three women who say he broke promises he made after they accused a former priest of abusing them 40 years ago.
They said Pilla and the diocese did not apologize and make disclosures about the priest who they say abused them.
The timing of their comments on a sidewalk outside of the diocese headquarters at St. John Cathedral was a coincidence to Pilla's testimony Tuesday in a civil case, said Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minn.-based lawyer for the women.
He said they planned to go public about a month ago and picked the day and location without realizing the bishop was involved in another sex abuse case requiring his testimony.
On Tuesday, Pilla testified in a defamation case against the Cleveland diocese that he twice reassigned a priest who allegedly sexually assaulted a child.

Posted by kshaw at July 21, 2005 06:41 AM