November 30, 2005

Sex-abuse claimants seek archdiocese's dismissal from suits

The Courier-Journal

By Jason Riley
The Courier-Journal

Dozens of plaintiffs who filed claims alleging that they were sexually abused at Catholic orphanages and schools have asked that the Archdiocese of Louisville be dismissed from the lawsuits.

The requests, which will be heard in several different courts on Monday, are an effort to focus the 49 lawsuits on the group the plaintiffs consider responsible for the alleged abuse: the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

"The day-to-day operations of that orphanage, the welfare of those children, were entrusted to the Sisters of Charity," said William McMurry, an attorney representing most of the plaintiffs.

The motions, filed Monday, also request that Catholic Charities of Louisville, a social service agency of the archdiocese, be dismissed from the lawsuits.

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 07:38 AM