It’s always worth following what is happening at the Jeff Anderson and Associates blog to keep up the defense of the rights of survivors of clergy sexual assaults. Three cases of interest are happening in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Philadelphia.
In Wisconsin, a suit claims Pope Benedict XVI and two other top Vatican officials knew about allegations of sexual abuse at St. John’s School for the Deaf outside Milwaukee and called off internal punishment of the accused priest, the Rev. Lawrence Murphy.
In Oregon, United States Federal District Judge Michael W. Mosman ruled that a child sex abuse case against the Vatican can proceed to discovery of records and documents in the Vatican that pertain to a predator priest and his connections to the Vatican. In his order he wrote:
Here, Plaintiff has proffered evidence that tends to show the Holy See knew of Ronan’s propensities and that in some cases, the Holy See exercised direct control over the conduct, placement, and removal of individual priests accused of similar sexual misconduct.
In Philadelphia, attorneys filed a wrongful death lawsuit for the family of “Ben”, the 36 year-old former St. Mark Parish altar boy who committed suicide after clergy sexual abuse by a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
All of these examples from across the country of significant actions in the fight for justice. It will be important that the push for zero tolerance and full disclosure continue.
Abuse of children and the continued silence by the offenders needs to be prevented. If you suffered, saw, or suspected such events, it is important to know that there is help out there.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.