April 21, 2006

Retired bishop who says he was abused backs Colo. bill on victims


DENVER -- Breaking with Colorado Catholic leaders, a retired bishop from Detroit who says he was sexually abused by a priest decades ago met with lawmakers Thursday to promote bills aimed at helping childhood sex-crime victims file lawsuits.

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, who stepped down as auxiliary bishop of Detroit in February, met with legislators one-on-one so the sessions could be closed to the public without violating state open-meetings laws.

"It's a private meeting. That's what the bishop wants. I assume it's because he's in someone else's diocese," said Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Golden.

Colorado law says any meeting of two or more legislators must be open to the public.

Posted by kshaw at April 21, 2006 06:30 PM