April 09, 2006

Detroit bishop says he'd help support end of Wisconsin limit on abuse suits against church

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Posted: April 8, 2006
Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton of Detroit told about 350 people in a crowded Milwaukee church Saturday that the Vatican's recent document barring most homosexuals from Catholic seminaries was a hurtful step backward.

During a question and answer session, he indicated he would be willing to publicly support pending legislation in Wisconsin that would enable victims of sexual abuse by clergy to sue churches regardless of when the abuse occurred.

Gumbleton drew national attention this year when he spoke to Ohio legislators and endorsed a one-year window for victims to file such lawsuits in Ohio. At the time, he revealed that he had been "inappropriately touched" by a priest when he was a teenager.

Posted by kshaw at April 9, 2006 07:04 AM