- Feb 18, 2020
One of two Irish seminarians reported to have been sent home after being discovered in bed together plans to sue for defamation.
The lawsuit charges that in 2015, Bishop Michael Hoeppner pressured Ronald Vasek to sign a letter that recanted his previous statements alleging sexual abuse by a priest in 1971 when he was 16. The lawsuit claims this was motivated in part because the accused priest was unable to minister in other dioceses due to the abuse allegation in the diocese’s records.
The country’s most visible advocacy group for survivors of clerical sexual abuse is denying claims made by an ex-employee, who charges in a lawsuit that the group “does not focus on protecting or helping survivors, it exploits them,” including taking kickbacks from lawyers suing the Church.
Jionni Conforti has sued St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., after he said it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy procedure he said was medically necessary as part of his gender transition. Conforti had scheduled the surgery in 2015, but he alleges in the federal lawsuit that a hospital administrator then told him the procedure to remove the uterus he was born with couldn’t be done because it was a “Catholic hospital.”
The parents of a man who killed himself years after alleged sexual abuse by a St. Louis-area priest said Thursday they’re hopeful that settlement of their lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Louis will help other victims come forward, without disclosing details of the agreement.
The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire because it won’t allow students to fulfill their community service requirement with activities at a Catholic parish at the school.