Dezembro 24 2002, category: Misc, by: Yaelle

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston asked a judge yesterday to dismiss all the sexual abuse lawsuits against it on religious freedom grounds.

The First Amendment, the archdiocese said, does not permit courts to tell churches how to conduct their internal affairs, including the questions of where to assign priests and how to discipline them.

Bishop Richard G. Lennon, the archdiocese's interim leader, said the motion to dismiss the suits, which number more than 400, did not indicate a change in his commitment to trying to settle them. Rather, he said, the move was driven by the archdiocese's insurers and by a motion-filing deadline set by Judge Constance M. Sweeney of Suffolk Superior Court, who is hearing the cases.

Bishop Lennon also renewed his request that lawyers for the plaintiffs agree to a moratorium on further court proceedings and on the exchange of information between the parties. That, he said in proposing such a moratorium last week, would enable the two sides to concentrate on reaching a settlement.

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Religious Abuse?

Too Little! Too late!

Recently, you have seen the Catholic Church react to the numerous scandals it has caused. Whether they are accusations of pedophilia, rapes of nuns, abortions of nuns or financial scandals, there seems to be no end, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Well, those American Cardinals were quite a sight as they paraded in front of their pope!