Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Just when Bill Donahue thought it was safe to start calling abuse victims "vultures" and talk about "the victimization of the Catholic Church," we have this from Miami:

After settling a $50,000 sexual-abuse claim against the Rev. Neil Doherty, the Archdiocese of Miami kept the priest in a Broward parish where he allegedly doped and raped a different boy over a five-year period, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The suit, which seeks $25 million in damages, offers evidence that church leaders were aware of earlier sex-abuse allegations against Doherty, yet apparently did nothing to protect children from him.

The archdiocese's knowledge of Doherty's past pedophilia surfaced in a 2003 memorandum by the Broward State Attorney's Office in which a sex-crimes prosecutor disclosed a 1994 settlement with a student who had been enrolled at Chaminade High School in Hollywood decades earlier.

Now retired, Doherty, 62, could not be reached for comment. He worked for the archdiocese for three decades and was placed on administrative leave in April 2002.

Not to be outdone, the archdiocese is blaming the victims for not calling them:
"Unfortunately, despite all our efforts to have victims contact us directly, this case was brought to an attorney, so we are not aware of the circumstances. Due to this our efforts to begin pastoral healing are delayed.''
Um, couldn't you lot just pick up the phone and call? Without an attorney and/or a canonist in the room?

I just don't understand it....



Blogger patrick said...

Once a plaintiff retains a lawyer, the defendant or his lawyer generally must go through the plaintiff's lawyer and not the plaintiff directly. That's the way the system usually works: it doesn't allow for a pastoral solution.

7/9/05 11:06  

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