PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge in Rhode Island has agreed to let a lawsuit move forward against the disgraced Roman Catholic religious order the Legion of Christ.

The lawsuit was brought by the son of a retired Yale University professor who says his father was wrongly persuaded to sign over more than $1 million to the Legion before he died in 2009. The Legion denies the allegations.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux (luh-GUR') signed an order last week adopting a magistrate judge's recommendation that the lawsuit be allowed to go forward.

Paul Chu says his father, James Boa-Teh Chu, was led to believe the Legion's founder was saintly, even as the Vatican was investigating serious sexual abuse allegations about him. The Vatican took over the order for three years, starting in 2010.


Shutterstock Africa Studio