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September-03-97

Dallas Diocese Asks Vatican to Nullify Priest's Ordination

Roman Catholic officials in Dallas asked the Vatican to nullify the ordination of Father Rudolph Kos on grounds that Kos lied to them about his background and sexual orientation. Kos, who is an accused pedophile, cost the church $119.6 million in a July 24th civil lawsuit award to 11 plaintiffs. The jury found that the diocese was "grossly negligent" in dealing with the alleged abuse and concealed information about Kos. Former Vatican Embassy lawyer speculates that Vatican will likely reject the request for nullification. "They ignoring warnings for years and didn't do anything. You can't undo that."

Media Resources: The New York Times - September 3, 1997