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Lawsuit filed against Vatican in U.S. federal court in Milwaukee

VATICAN CITY (WKOW) -- The Vatican says it did not have a role in the abuse of children at a Wisconsin school for the deaf.

The Vatican says a new lawsuit naming the pope and other top officials as defendants is just a publicity stunt.

In a statement, the Vatican's U.S. attorney Jeffrey Lena says most of the complaint is without merit and rehashes theories already rejected by U.S. courts.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. federal court in Milwaukee, accusing Vatican officials of failing to protect children from a priest the Vatican knew was a possible child molester.

Lena says sympathy is due to the nearly 200 victims of the Rev. Lawrence Murphy. But he says the Vatican knew nothing of his crimes until decades after the abuse occurred and that it isn't responsible as a result.

 

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