The Vatican has been served with court papers related to allegations in a
sexual abuse case. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson said this week he was
notified that the papers were successfully filed through official diplomatic
The lawsuit was filed nearly a year ago in federal court on behalf of Terry
Kohut, now of Chicago. It claims Pope Benedict and two other top Vatican
officials knew about allegations of sexual abuse at St. John's School for the
Deaf outside Milwaukee, and called off internal punishment of the accused
priest, the late Rev. Lawrence Murphy.