January 26, 2006

Ohio Supreme Court to address sex-abuse suits

Canton Repository


Local parishioner calls for reforms

Edward G. Friedl, a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in North Canton, is pushing for the Catholic Church to address the issue of pedophile priests. Friedl is involved in Voice of the Faithful, a nationwide, lay organization formed in response to the pedophile priest scandals in the Boston Archdiocese.

CINCINNATI - The power and might of the Roman Catholic Church intimidates children abused by priests, even when they become adults, so usual time limits for filing lawsuits shouldn’t apply to them, an attorney for an alleged victim said Wednesday.

The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments in Columbus in the case of a 36-year-old “John Doe” who sued the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk and the Rev. Thomas Hopp.

The church asked the court to overturn an appeals court ruling that revived the case even though it was not filed within two years of the man’s 18th birthday, as the law requires.

Posted by kshaw at January 26, 2006 08:23 AM