Roman Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Cases

May 14, 2010



The ongoing sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in the past took a fascinating turn recently with allegations that now Pope Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, declined to defrock a priest who abused hundreds of boys at a school in Wisconsin.

To view complaints filed on this topic, you can run the following search in FILING-ALL:

(ti(holy-see “vatican city” “roman catholic church” archdiocese) & abus! assault! ) & ((DT(COMPLAINT PETITION) % DT( BRIEF MOTION MEMORAN! REPLY RESPONSE ANSWER COUNTER-CLAIM COUNTER-PETITION CROSS-CLAIM COUNTER-COMPLAINT COUNTER-SUIT)))

For journal and law review articles on the topic, try this search in JLR:

ti(catholic archdiocese pope priest & abus!)

To find similar materials in WestlawNext, from the homepage, click “Secondary Sources” then “Law Reviews & Journals.” Click on the “advanced” icon in the upper right and enter the following query into the title field:

abus! & priest or archdiocese or catholic or pope.

For pleadings in WestlawNext, click “Pleadings Motions & Memoranda” from the homepage. Click on the “advanced” icon in the upper right corner and type the following search terms:

Party Name field: “holy see” OR “vatican city” OR archdiocese OR “roman catholic church”

Document Title field: complaint or petition

Text field: abus! or assault!