The Vatican's legal strategy in U.S. abuse suits

The Associated Press and CNN is reporting that the Vatican's U.S. lawyer Jeffrey Lena is to appear in a Louisville, Kentucky, court today to file a motion Monday denying that the church issued a document mandating secrecy in the face of abuse allegations, as many victims allege. CNN says:

"The Vatican's motion also will argue that bishops are not employees of the Holy See, exempting the Vatican from legal culpability in cases of alleged abuse in the U.S. ...

"Whether or not the Vatican succeeds in getting the Louisville case dismissed based on those arguments will likely have implications for church abuse lawsuits across the country -- including two other suits that target the Vatican -- at a time when allegations of abuse and cover-up are dogging the church worldwide."

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