According to the New York Times, the latest lawsuit filed against the Catholic Church has gone all the way to the top and named Pope Benedict XVI as a defendant. The lawsuit was filed by a man who was one of many abused by Rev. Lawrence Murphy from 1952 to 1974. The plaintiff claims Vatican officials were warned in a letter in 1995, pleading for the church to “excommunicate” the priest. The plaintiff, who named various high-ranking Catholic officials as well and the Pope in his lawsuit, said he never got a response from the church. The suit seeks to force the Vatican to release files with the names of priests who have admitted abusing children.
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