We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Allen: withdrawal of abuse suit against Vatican ‘enormously important’

Catholic World News - February 14, 2012

John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, has told Vatican Radio that the withdrawal of a federal lawsuit against the Vatican is “enormously important.”

“I think it is enormously important that this case is no longer on the docket, because this was the case centered on revelations about Father Lawrence Murphy, who allegedly abused almost 200 kids at a school for the deaf in the Milwaukee area from 1950 until 1974,” says Allen.

“This was the case that triggered the global media firestorm in early 2010 that led to a very incendiary front page piece in The New York Times suggesting that the Vatican and Pope Benedict had failed to respond aggressively to the crisis, and really did galvanize and shift public perceptions in very important ways.”

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 March expenses ($29,119 to go):
$35,000.00 $5,880.70
83% 17%
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
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Opening Ourselves to Meaning and Purpose 12 hours ago
A thin-skinned Vatican spokesman harms his own standing 12 hours ago
Pope Francis prevails in Round I of battle for Vatican reform 20 hours ago
Social Media’s Vanity Fair: Danger on every side! March 4
The Ways of Evangelization March 3

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5