Vatican, U.S. bishops sued by six men over allegations of sex abuse

Lawsuit claims the Vatican and the bishops knew about and covered up the “endemic, systemic, rampant, and pervasive rape and sexual abuse” of the plaintiffs

The U.S. bishops' conference and the Holy See face a class action lawsuit filed by six men who claim they were sexually abused by Catholic clergy during their childhoods. They are seeking financial damages as well as public contrition and reparation from the Church. The 80-page suit filed Nov. 13 claims that the Vatican and the bishops knew about - and covered up for - the … [Read more...]

EWTN loses in appeals court

Network disappointed but hopeful after latest HHS mandate ruling

The following comes from a February 18 Catholic News Agency article: In a 2-1 decision delivered February 18, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in its challenge to the federal contraception mandate. “We are disappointed in the Court’s refusal to protect our religious freedom,” EWTN chairman and CEO Michael … [Read more...]

Where will this lead?

Lawsuit threat is fulfilled over Catholic hospital’s denial of sterilization procedure

The following comes from a December 28 SF Chronicle article by Bob Egelko: A physicians group and a woman who was denied a tubal ligation at a Catholic hospital in Northern California on religious grounds filed suit Monday, saying the rejection was sex discrimination and an illegal refusal of medical care. The suit against Mercy Medical Center of Redding and its parent … [Read more...]

Embryos are human, not property

Nonprofit law firm files amicus briefs in embryo custody cases

The following comes from a December 23 Christian Newswire press release: The Thomas More Society has requested leave to file amicus briefs in two embryo custody battles. The national public interest law firm is interceding in the Missouri Court of Appeals McQueen v. Gadberry case on behalf of Missouri Right to Life, Lawyers for Life and the American Association of Pro-Life … [Read more...]

Is Los Angeles Archdiocese a greedy landlord?

Funeral home sues for alleged contract violations

The following comes from a December 17 Los Angeles Daily News article: A judge will hear further arguments before deciding whether to dismiss a $250 million lawsuit alleging the Archdiocese of Los Angeles broke deals under which a funeral home company leased land at six Catholic cemeteries for its operations. According to the lawsuit, S.E. Funeral Homes spent about $37 … [Read more...]

Man acquitted in priest-beating trial seeks signatures for California ballot initiative

Victim of sexual abuse wants to change the fact that child molesters can evade prosecution

The following comes from a December 16 Mercury News article by Tracey Kaplan: By the time Will Lynch was ready in the mid-1990s to report he'd been sexually abused as a child by a priest on a camping trip, there was nothing police could do about it. The abuse had happened about two decades earlier when he was 7, and the legal window then for bringing charges against the … [Read more...]

More fallout from California’s new pregnancy resource center law

Mobile pregnancy clinic sues state

The following comes from a December 7 Christian Newswire press release: ICU Mobile Riverside County, a mobile medical pregnancy clinic based in Wildomar, California, has filed a lawsuit against the California State Attorney General and other appropriate authorities saying the Reproductive Fact Act requiring nonprofit pregnancy care clinics to promote abortion not only … [Read more...]

Parents sue Catholic school

False sex rumors led to girl's expulsion, lawsuit claims

The following comes from a December 2 LA Times article by Alene Tchekmedyian: A father has filed a lawsuit against a Catholic grade school in Glendale, claiming his teenage daughter was wrongfully expelled following false rumors of sexual misconduct. Roberto Pangilinan claims that his daughter, who had attended Holy Family Grade School for nine years, was expelled during … [Read more...]