Friday, October 05, 2018

Suit Against Vatican Seeks Release of Names of Sex Offenders

A lawsuit was filed this week in a California federal district court seeking an injunction to require the Vatican to release to the public and law enforcement authorities the names of perpetrators involved in more than 3,400 credible cases worldwide of sexual misconduct with children, as well as the names of those previously convicted.  The complaint (full text) in Vega v. Holy See, (CD CA, filed 10/3/2018), charges that the Vatican has created a public nuisance, saying in part:
Defendant Holy See has created and exposed the public to these unsafe conditions continuously and on an ongoing basis before and since the time that Plaintiff was sexually abused and has continued to expose the public to that unabated threat until the present day.
The complaint also charges private nuisance, violation of California's Business and Professions Code, as well as violation of customary international law of human rights. Washington Post reports on the lawsuit.