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Vatican welcomes Kentucky plaintiffs’ decision to drop abuse suit

Catholic World News - August 11, 2010

The director of the Holy See Press Office welcomed the decision by three Kentucky plaintiffs to abandon a lawsuit that sought to make the Vatican responsible for clerical abuse that took place in the United States.

Making clear he was not “minimizing the horror and the condemnation of sexual abuse and compassion for the victims' suffering,” Father Federico Lombardi said that “it is positive that a six-year-long case alleging the Holy See was involved in charges of covering-up abuse-- (charges) which also had a strong negative impact on public opinion-- has in the end been shown to be grounded on a baseless accusation.”

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