Monday, April 4, 2011
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit "arising out of an affair between a Josephite priest and a church organist which allegedly occurred over fifty years ago." The plaintiffs are two children allegedly born of the affair.
The suit alleged that the Josephite Fathers and the priest had covered up the affair and concealed the identity of the children's father. The plaintiffs contend that recent DNA testing identify the Father as "probably" the father.
The suit was brought against the Father's estate, the society of Josephite Fathers, the Archbishop of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Baltimore on a variety of theories, all of which were found legally insufficient to establish liability. (Mike Frisch)