The foreman of a
jury that last week awarded a Maryland man $3.6 million in a case
of sexual abuse by a priest says the current Vermont Catholic bishop’s attitude
during a videotaped sworn statement may have hurt the church’s case.
top Roman Catholic clergyman has written to parishioners around the state,
apologizing to the victim in a priest sex abuse case but saying the church will
appeal last week’s $8.7 million verdict against the Diocese of Burlington.