ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri appeals court has ruled that the Archdiocese of St. Louis will not have to immediately turn over name of priests accused of sexual abuse in the past 20 years.
A St. Louis judge had given the archdiocese a Friday deadline to turn over the names to a woman who sued, alleging that she was molested by a priest when she was a child, and to the woman's attorney. Otherwise, the names were to be kept under seal.
The Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals ruling on Friday did not say if turning over the names would eventually be required, or set a new deadline.
The woman's attorney, Kenneth M. Chackes, called the ruling disappointing.
Angie Shelton, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, released the following statement:
"Judge Dierker's 13 page Order clearly shows that these are very complicated issues. The Archdiocese will continue to work within the judicial process toward a resolution to this lawsuit which is rooted in the truth and fairness to all involved."
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