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US Judge Allows Suit Against Vatican Over Pedophile Priests

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posted on Jan, 12 2007 @ 06:20 PM
The Vatican is going to be held responsible for priests that have committed pedophile acts. A US Federal Judge has ruled against the Vatican that it is protected as a foreign government and is allowing a lawsuit to go forward by three people that claim to have been victims of pedophile priests. The reason the judge judge is allowing the lawsuit to go forward is that the Vatican did not tell local churches in the US of certain priests that had questionable backgrounds.
Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The Vatican can be sued over claims that U.S. leaders of the Roman Catholic church failed to warn parishioners about pedophile priests, a Kentucky judge ruled.

In the second decision of its kind, Chief U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II in Louisville said the Holy See itself must face a sexual-abuse lawsuit. Most victims have sued their local diocese in state and federal courts without directly naming the Vatican because of restrictions laid out in the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, or FSIA.

``We are attempting to hold the ultimate responsible party liable for what happened here,'' said William F. McMurry, a Louisville lawyer representing a people who contend they were sexually abused by priests. ``It's unfair to hold the parishioners of Catholic parishes financially responsible for what their bishops did at the behest of their superiors in the Vatican.''

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It is about time the Vatican is held responsible for their lack of "care" about the sexual preferences of their priests. Especially if they think the priest has or might have pedophile tendencies and not inform the church they are sending him to of these suspicions.

If you owned your own business and one of your employees committed an act like this on company time, your company would surely be held accountable. Why shouldn't the Vatican be held accountable?

[edit on 12-1-2007 by UM_Gazz]

posted on Jan, 12 2007 @ 10:29 PM
I can't see the Vatican being very happy about this. Though, I don't think this new judgment will dramatically stop the abuses.

I don't usually hear what happens to priests after they found to have raped children. Is there an official rule by the Vatican to punish these priests? What happens to their clergy license after having been found?

[edit on 12-1-2007 by DJMessiah]


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