Couple Sues For Wrongful Termination After Complaint Over Priest

By Maira Ansari - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville woman and her husband are suing the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Margie Weiter is claiming she was fired for blowing the whistle that a priest accused of sexual abuse had been put in their church population and was around children without supervision.

"He would come downstairs in the morning and sit in my office and chit chat like we were best buds," said Margie Weiter. "In the back of my mind, I would just think please get dressed and leave, please get dressed and leave."

Margie Weiter, the former bookkeeper at St. Therese Catholic Church along with her husband Gary Weiter a longtime parishioner are speaking out after filing suit against the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Margie says she was fired for complaining about James Schook, a priest who they say was secretly moved to St. Therese in 2009 after being accused of abusing a teenager.

The suit says Margie was instructed not to reveal that Schook was being housed at St. Therese.

Margie says what makes this situation even more difficult, her husband, Gary was among the group of 243 people who settled with the archdiocese in 2003 over abuse claims.

"No one's wife, no one's daughter, should go to work and have to look at that, be around it. Knowing your husband was an abuse victim," said Weiter.

The Weiter's are seeking damages. The attorney for the Weiter's says since the couple went public with their claims against the church, they were fired as bingo volunteers.

The Archdiocese released a statement saying: "The lawsuit came as a surprise, and the archdiocese does not comment on pending litigation and Weiter's firing was a result of staff reduction.

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