Rhode Island

Church Fights Abuse Lawsuit Filed After Limit Extended


Rhode Island's Roman Catholic diocese is challenging a lawsuit filed after a state law gave sex abuse victims more time to sue their abusers or the institutions they worked for.

The challenge by the Diocese of Providence comes in the case of a 53-year-old man who sued the diocese in September.

The Providence Journal reported Friday that the man says he was abused in the 1970s and 1980s by a now-dead North Providence priest. He was the first to file a priest abuse lawsuit after the state extended the statute of limitations.

His lawyer says the motion to dismiss is not unexpected.

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