Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pope Benedict Named as Defendant in Minnesota Sexual Abuse Suit

     The Daily Mail reports:
     The Pope has been named as a defendant for the first time in a lawsuit over the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church.  Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as he was known then, is said to have failed to take action against an American priest who molested up to 200 boys at a deaf school.  Father Lawrence C Murphy abused the children in their dormitory beds in Wisconsin where he worked between 1950 and 1974.
     It became one of the most notorious cases to engulf the Catholic Church and was brought to the attention of The Pope whilst he was in charge of the body that dealt with serious sins.  The lawsuit is the first to name The Pontiff as an individual defendant, supposedly because culpability for the molestation went right to the top.  It raises the possibility that he could be called as a witness during court proceedings or faces the humiliation of being subpoenaed should he refuse to attend.