Wednesday, November 16, 2011

British court: Church can be held liable for crimes of clergy

People pray near the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux inside St. John's Cathedral in Portsmouth, southern England, in 2009. The relics of the 19th-century Carmelite saint were being taken to different churches around England and Wales. Portsmouth's bishop says he doubts a claim against one of his priests, who is now deceased so unable to answer the charges.

A British court has ruled that the Catholic Church can be held legally liable for the crimes of abusive clergy, but an English bishop said his diocese does not believe the woman on whose testimony the case is based.
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