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TN Supreme Court Allows Lawsuit Over Priest’s Sexual Abuse

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Monday that a man who claims to have been sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1970s can go ahead with his lawsuit against the Diocese of Memphis.
Norman Redwing, 51, sued the Diocese in 2008, nearly 30 years past the statute of limitations. Typically, victims have only a year after their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit.
The suit claims he was abused from 1972 to 1974 by now-deceased priest Milton Guthrie, and that church officials knew or should have known the priest was “a dangerous sexual predator with a depraved sexual interest in young boys.”
A lower court dismissed Redwing’s suit, saying he waited too long to file. But state law makes some exceptions to the statute of limitations.
Redwing had argued that his case was one of the exceptions because he was accusing the diocese of benefiting from a cover-up. Redwing, according to court documents, said the church mislead him and his family into thinking that church officials were unaware that Guthrie was a sexual predator.

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Nashville Priest Gets White House Honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville priest who founded a recovery program for prostitutes is being honored by the White House.
Becca Stevens founded a residential program called Magdalene in 1997.
It offers participating women free housing, food, medical and dental care, therapy, education and job training for two years, all without government funding.
Seventy percent of the women who join are clean and sober 2 1/2 years after beginning.
Stevens will be honored at a Washington ceremony on Thursday as one of 15 “Champions of Change,” according to WPLN (http://bit.ly/nGaRs8).
The St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel chaplain says she hopes the recognition will inspire others to do similar work.
Recently, she’s met with groups interested in the Magdalene model from St. Louis, Atlanta and New Orleans.
Note: The White House news release is below.

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