Appeals Court Lets Vatican Sex-abuse Case Proceed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A lawsuit can continue against the Vatican alleging that it should have warned the public or authorities of known or suspected sexual abuse of children by priests in the Louisville, Kentucky, Archdiocese.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave a go-ahead for the lawsuit filed by three men who claim that priests abused them as children. They allege that the Vatican orchestrated a decades-long coverup of priests sexually abusing children throughout the U.S.

The case centers on a 1962 directive from the Vatican telling church officials to keep under wraps sex-abuse complaints against clergy. The document became public in 2003.

The plaintiffs' attorney is seeking unspecified damages from the Vatican.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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