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Austrian cardinal faces suit for alleged failure to aid abuse victim

June 29, 2011

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria, is the target of a lawsuit brought by a victim of sexual abuse, who charges that the prelate failed to respond to a plea for help.

The abuse victim, a woman, claims that she asked for help in 1994, at a time when the future cardinal was serving as an auxiliary bishop in Vienna. A spokesman for Cardinal Schönborn said that the cardinal would have taken action if he had heard serous complaints.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jun. 29, 2011 10:15 PM ET USA

    He would have acted if he considered the accusations "severe"? That is a pretty revealing statement from a calloused, indifferent bishop.