Phoenix Diocese Target of Pima Suit

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Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien is now facing a lawsuit accusing him of covering up years of sexual abuse by some priests in his diocese.

Last week O'Brien backed off a written acknowledgement that he reassigned abusive priests into situations where children could be further victimized.

The suit claims those remarks show how church leaders have dealt with the problem for decades. It was filed in Pima County under the name "John Doe" to protect the plaintiff's identity.


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