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Pa. Supreme Court Reviewing Priest Abuse Lawsuit's Ruling On Time Limits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's highest court is considering whether a woman's lawsuit on claims of sexual abuse by a priest decades ago should be allowed to continue.

Oral argument was held Tuesday in the appeal that could overturn a lower-court ruling that has launched many other lawsuits since it was issued a year ago.

The justices are focusing on whether the plaintiff, Renee Rice, waited too long to sue the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

Rice has argued that a 2016 grand jury report alerted her to allegations that church officials' silence about a priest who she says molested her amounted to fraudulent concealment.

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