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Catholic Church can be sued for abuse, says judge

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by Watu, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Watu

    Watu JF-Expert Member

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    The High Court ruled today that the Catholic Church can be sued if its priests sexually abuse children.A judge in London announced his decision in a damages action over alleged sex abuse by a priest. It is expected to affect other types of claims made against the Church.Mr Justice MacDuff ruled in favour of a 47-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who claims she was sexually assaulted as a child by the late Father Wilfred Baldwin, a priest of the Portsmouth Diocese, at a children's home in Hampshire run by an order of nuns.Giving his decision on a preliminary issue in her damages action the judge held that, in law, the Church "may be vicariously liable" for Father Baldwin's alleged wrongdoings.The trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust were given leave to appeal.