A federal appeals court has permitted a lawsuit over alleged sexual
abuse to proceed against the Vatican, creating potential liability for
the seat of the Roman Catholic faith for the activities of Catholic
clergy in the U.S.
Monday's ruling, issued by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
Cincinnati, marks the first time a court at so high a level has
recognized that the Vatican could be liable for the negligence in
sexual-abuse cases brought in the U.S.
The ruling is seen as a breakthrough by those allegedly abused by
priests. Investigators and grand juries have found several instances
where the church failed to report alleged abusers and covered up
alleged misdeeds to protect them.