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

Minnesota judge allows 'public nuisance' lawsuit against Catholic dioceses

Catholic World News - September 03, 2014

A Minnesota judge has allowed sex-abuse victims to move forward with a lawsuit claiming that the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona caused a “public nuisance” by providing new parish assignments for priests accused of sexual abuse.

The “public nuisance” claim has never before been accepted by an American court in a lawsuit against the Church. But Judge John Van de North wrote in his ruling: “Failing to disclose information about an accused priest is akin to, and conceivably more offensive and dangerous, than other acts that have been considered public nuisances.”

Judge Van de North had rejected earlier pleas by the St. Paul archdiocese that the suit should be dismissed, saying that the case deserved a full hearing. A lawyer for the archdiocese said that the judge’s latest ruling was not a surprise, but insisted that the claim “is far outside the parameters of most if not all public nuisance claims litigated in Minnesota.”

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 ($32,959 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,041.25
94% 6%
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

Two links - moral relativism in elementary schools and charges of "genocide" in the Old Testament 4 hours ago
Don’t touch that Smile! Helping CatholicCulture.org by shopping on Amazon. 12 hours ago
Church Fathers: Introduction to the Greek Apologists March 1
Ad Imaginem Dei: a gem of a blog on Christian art February 28
The Complexities of Persecution February 27

Top Catholic News

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