Bishop Morlino Sued

WKOW [Madison WI]
August 15, 2006

The lawsuit was filed last Tuesday, by a Cross Plains family who says all bishops need to be held accountable for their role in the church sex abuse scandal. That family lost a loved one, when he was shot to death by a Catholic priest in Hudson.

Madison Diocese Attorney Don Heaney represents Bishop Morlino, one of almost 200 bishops across the country named in this suit. It asks that the Catholic Church release the names of 5,000 clergy named in a study by John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who may have been involved in sexual abuse.

Heaney says Bishop Morlino has not yet been served with papers, and that the suit has little to do with the Madison Diocese.

"We do not see ourselves as really involved in this lawsuit. It arises out of personnel in another county, in another part of the state of Wisconsin. We have had nothing to do with it," he says,

Nevertheless, Bishop Morlino has been named in this lawsuit. Heaney expects the papers will be served sometime within the next 90 days.

He says this diocese has always taken what he calls "credible" allegations of sexual misconduct, and reported them to law enforcement officials.


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