May 06, 2006

Case against church reopened

Cincinnati Enquirer

A Cincinnati woman will get another chance to prove in court that a Catholic priest impregnated her 40 years ago and then coerced her into putting the baby girl up for adoption.

The woman, who has not been identified, sued the Archdiocese of Cincinnati two years ago, accusing church officials of covering up the priest's misconduct and pressuring her to keep quiet about the child's father.

A judge threw out the lawsuit last year after concluding the allegations were too old to pursue under Ohio's statute of limitations.

The Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals overturned that decision Friday, saying the woman should get a chance to prove that fraud and harassment by church officials prevented her from filing the lawsuit sooner.

The court also ruled that the woman should have the opportunity to prove that her religious indoctrination contributed to her fear of acting against the church.

Posted by kshaw at May 6, 2006 07:50 AM