Three men who claim they were abused by Catholic clergy in America have succeeded in naming the Vatican as sole defendant in a lawsuit and are hoping to force Pope Benedict XVI to give evidence in the case.
The 6th US circuit court of appeal recently ruled that although the Holy See, as a sovereign state, was immune from most lawsuits, the plaintiffs could proceed with their argument that its officials were involved in a deliberate effort to cover up evidence of sexual abuse by American priests.
Their case centres on a 1962 directive from the Vatican telling church officials to hide sex abuse complaints against clergy.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Dig A Little Deeper For The Collection Plates Next Week
The coffers of the Catholic Church, already more than 2 billion lighter from the scores of sex abuse judgements that have been levied against them since 1950, are in jeopardy once more.