Fourteen alleged victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have lost their bid to revive a civil anti-racketeering suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for its alleged cover-up of the scandal.

In its 14-page opinion in Magnum v. Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the suit on the grounds that the plaintiffs cannot show they suffered a RICO-style injury that was caused by the cover-up.

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