Seattle Archdiocese accused of not stopping abuse



SEATTLE – (AP) — The Archdiocese of Seattle is facing a lawsuit by seven men who say it and a Catholic order didn’t stop two clergymen from abusing them at a high school and church-run orphanage from the 1950s into the 1970s.

The alleged abusers are Edward Courtney and G.A. Kealy. They were named in the lawsuits filed Wednesday in King County and were members of the Christian Brothers Catholic order, which is in bankruptcy because of multiple sexual abuse claims.

Both Courtney and Kealy worked at O’Dea High School in Seattle. Lawyers for the men say the Archdiocese knew of abuse allegations against the pair but allowed them to continue to work with children. Michael Patterson, an attorney for the Archdiocese, says those claims are false.


Information from: The Seattle Times,