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MILWAUKEE – A federal lawsuit alleges that Pope Benedict XVI and senior Vatican officials covered up allegations of child sexual abuse against a Wisconsin priest who is accused of molesting at least 200 deaf children from 1950 to 1975.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Milwaukee by attorney Jeff Anderson says the unidentified plaintiff was a student at a suburban Milwaukee school for the deaf and an alleged victim of abuse by the Rev. Lawrence Murphy.
The lawsuit says the accuser, who is from Illinois, sent two letters to the Vatican in 1995 reporting the abuse and asking for help but he received no response.
The lawsuit filed by Anderson, who is from St. Paul, Minnesota, seeks the release of confidential Vatican files detailing clergy abuse allegations and unspecified monetary damages.
The Vatican had no immediate comment.
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