Two brothers, now in their 40s, can sue a Roman Catholic priest for sexual abuse they allegedly suffered as children but repressed subconsciously for decades, a state appeals court ruled last Monday.

The judges revived a suit that a trial judge found time-barred under the Sexual Abuse Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:61B-1, which requires that suits be filed within two years of “reasonable discovery of the injury and its causal relationship to the act of sexual abuse.”