Thomas Cooper

Priest abuse
5:51 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Mo. appeals court rules Catholic church not responsible for some abuse

A Missouri appeals court has ruled that the Archdiocese of St. Louis, whose seat is the Cathedral Basilica, cannot be held responsible for abuse committed by a priest off church property.
(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

In a ruling that advocates for victims of abusive priests are calling "terrible," a Missouri appeals court today upheld a 2010 trial court ruling that the Archdiocese of St. Louis cannot be held responsible for a priest who sexually abused a young parishioner because the abuse happened off of church property.

An attorney for the victim, Ken Chackes, says Missouri is one of a few states that requires such a high bar to hold church officials responsible.

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