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UK Court: Catholic Church Liable for Priest Wrongs

A British court has ruled that Roman Catholic priests are equivalent to employees, a decision that could pave the way for victims of sexual abuse to win damages from the church. Tuesday’s ruling involved a 47-year-old woman who says she …

Former Illinois Priest Sued Again on Sex Abuse Claims

A former Roman Catholic priest whose molestation of a former altar boy led to a $6.3 million payout in a lawsuit is being sued again, this time by a former caretaker who alleges the one-time clergyman sexually abused him as …

Calif. Judge Allows Punitive Damages in Scout Molestation Suit

A California judge says a boy suing the Boy Scouts of America for troop leader sexual abuse can seek punitive damages. The Santa Barbara News-Press says a judge made the ruling Wednesday, nearly four years after a 13-year-old Boy Scout …

Maine Court to Hear Appeal in Suit Against Priest

Maine’s highest court will hear arguments on whether a woman’s lawsuit should go forward against a former Catholic priest she says abused her in the early 1970s. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments Sept. 13 in Christine …

Philadelphia Archdiocese Hit by Another Abuse Suit

A man whose grand jury testimony led to charges against a high-ranking official in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and other two priests has filed a civil suit against the church. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the suit filed Monday alleges the …

Yakima, Wash., Diocese Target of Abuse Lawsuit

An Oregon man has filed suit in federal court against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima, Wash., alleging he was abused as a teen by a former Catholic deacon who later became an Episcopal priest in Mexico. The lawsuit marks …

Texas Priest Abuse Case Settles for $1.2 Million

A $1.2 million settlement has been reached between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi and three men who say they were sexually assaulted by a priest while altar boys in the 1970s. The lawsuit, filed more than a year …

South Dakota High Court Upholds Dismissal of Abuse Lawsuit

The South Dakota Supreme Court says a Lower Brule man cannot continue his lawsuit seeking damages for alleged sex abuse at an Indian boarding school when he was a student more than 30 years ago. The high court upheld a …

Settlement in Pennsylvania School District Sexual Contact Suit

The family of an autistic student molested by a bus aide has settled its lawsuit against a western Pennsylvania school district. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports court filings Friday reveal a settlement in the suit involving Bethel Park School District. The …

Vatican to Issue Letter on Abuse Guidelines

The Vatican on Monday will issue a new document designed to help bishops around the world craft guidelines to deal with clerical sex abuse cases, the latest effort by the Holy See to show it is trying to get tough …