Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Illinois bishop asks top court to reconsider abuse case; victim's lawyer decries stall tactics

Catholic World News - June 15, 2011

Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, has asked the state’s Supreme Court to reconsider a diocesan appeal of sex-abuse case—an appeal that the court has already declined.

The renewed appeal postpones the payment of a $5 million judgment awarded in 2008 to a sex-abuse victim. The victim’s lawyer said that the bishop’s decision to renew his appeal was “sad and pathetic.” The delay in paying the jury award is costing the diocese over $1,000 a day in interest charges.

“We are not doing this to ‘hide behind the law’ as some might suggest,” Bishop Braxton insisted. “We are doing this in the hope of a clarification of the law and a consistency in applying the law to the Catholic Church.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($21,612 to go):
$35,000.00 $13,388.44
62% 38%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

An unexpected surge in confessions? 19 hours ago
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching 24 hours ago
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20
As Catholic News Unfolds... August 19
An Iraqi archbishop's warning to the West August 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8