Pope's Resignation Throws Spotlight on Lawyers Handling Long-Running U.S. Sex Abuse Litigation

, The Am Law Daily

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With Pope Benedict XVI's surprise announcement that he is stepping down as pontiff, we caught up with the Minneapolis-based plaintiffs' lawyer who pioneered sex abuse litigation against the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S., reached out to the Holy See's chief legal representative in this country, and tallied the fees accrued by one Am Law 200 firm that has cornered the market on diocesan bankruptcy work.

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  • Consider This

    If a major financial services company was caught up in an insider-trading scandal involving employees around the world, and the CEO was sent memos about this activity, some of which he may or may not have read, don't you think that person might be out of a job? The staunch papal defenders have to consider the fact that even if Benedict/Ratzinger was not complicit in the scandlas that have roiled the church, he was responsible for forging a solution and addressing the issue in a forthright manner. None of that happened. I hold John Paul II equally responsible here, as he skated by on his charisma, something that Benedict was unfortunately not blessed with.

  • Martin Luther

    Sorry folks, to claim that Benedict was completely in the dark about all of this is just not true. Under JPII, Ratzinger centralized the church's procedures for investigating priests accused of abuse. Reform starts from the top. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/sex-abuse-scandal-did-archbishop-ratzinger-help-shield-perpetrator-from-prosecution-a-684970.html

  • Juli

    Tony, above, said it all.

  • Tony

    The Pope's resignation does not throw the spotlight on lawyers handling long-running sex abuse litigation, Am Law Daily does. The Holy Father is resigning over health issues not because of the sex abuse scandals. The headline is something I would expect to see in some cheap tabloid to sell more papers. I expect more from Am Law Daily, what a disappointment!

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