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Vatican announcement could impact number of sexual abuse lawsuits

VATICAN CITY (WKOW) -- An announcement from the Vatican Monday could affect a number of sexual abuse lawsuits.

Attorneys will detail their arguments why the Vatican isn't liable for bishops who allowed priests to molest children in the U.S.

In a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in Kentucky, attorneys are expected to argue that a key document calling for secrecy was not an orchestrated cover-up, something victim's lawyers say is true.

The court's ruling could impact efforts in the U.S. to sue the Vatican.

 

27 News Continuing Coverage:

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UPDATE: Vatican denies cover-up of molestation case (March 25, 2010)

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