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Catholic Church Loses Bid to Stop Sex Assault Case

Nov. 20, 2018, 8:33 PM

A Roman Catholic diocese must face tort claims stemming from sexual assaults allegedly committed by a former seminary student, a North Carolina appeals court ruled.

The Nov. 20 decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals rejected arguments by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, N.C., that the case should have been dismissed because it unconstitutionally entangled a state court with Bishop Peter Jugis and his supervision of students pursuing ordination as priests.

John Kaup, a seminary student assigned to advise church youth, counseled Kathleen Bourque, then a minor, about her being bullied in high school, according to the decision....

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