William F. McMurry fought for justice for hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Catholic Church. His work led to landmark settlements against the Archdiocese of Louisville, Sisters of Charity and the Vatican itself. Scroll down for details on these historic cases.
2016 Update: McMurry sues Archdiocese, Again
McMurry again sues the Archdiocese of Louisville for priest child exploitation – Failed leadership of the Church leads to priest accessing child pornography and he taking “child erotica” photographs of children over many years.
Archdiocese of Louisville
On April 19, 2002, The Courier-Journal broke the case to the public that William F. McMurry filed suit against the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville on behalf of a Prospect, Ky. man claiming he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1970s. The case resulted in a settlement forcing The Archdiocese of Louisville to pay $25.7 million to nearly 250 alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Roman Catholic Church.
Sisters of Charity
On July 16, 2004, it was made public that William F. McMurry has filed suit against the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, a local order of Roman Catholic nuns, on behalf of seven people alleging sexual abuse by a priest and two nuns at an Anchorage orphanage run by the order in the 1950s and 1960s. The case reached settlement August 25, 2006 with the Sisters of Charity agreeing to pay $1.5 million to the victims.
On June 5, 2004, William F. McMurry: “This lawsuit is designed to lay the responsibility for all childhood sexual abuse committed by priests in America at the feet of the responsible party, and that’s the Vatican.” – McMurry later presented a lecture entitled, “Holding the Vatican Accountable for Its Worldwide Problem of Childhood Sexual Abuse,” in Salzburg, Austria.
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$25.7 Million Sexual Abuse Class Action Settlement
Arising out of sexual abuse of 243 children, now adults, while attending Catholic churches and schools in the Louisville, Kentucky Archdiocese. At the time of the settlement, this was the largest amount ever paid by an archdiocese out of their own pocket; no insurance proceeds were available.