April 01, 2006

2 brothers settle abuse case for over $1 million

Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Two brothers who accused former Seattle priest John Cornelius of repeatedly molesting them as teenagers during the 1970s have settled their case against the Seattle Archdiocese for more than $1 million.

The brothers had planned to go to trial against the archdiocese in June. Similar charges they made against the diocese of Boise, Idaho, and the Order of the Sulpicians -- both of which hosted Cornelius -- remain unresolved and scheduled for court.

"What's interesting about the case is Cornelius went from Boise to the Sulpician seminary to the Seattle Archdiocese and, despite knowledge that he was a problem, nobody took steps to address it," said Michael Pfau, a lawyer who represented the brothers.

Cornelius has since been defrocked by the Vatican.

Posted by kshaw at April 1, 2006 10:22 AM