Down to the Wire: Just $9,538 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
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!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($62,903 to go):
$150,000.00 $87,097.12
42% 58%
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.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days