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Crime Lawsuit filed to disclose predatory priests in 4 more dioceses

17:05  11 february  2020
17:05  11 february  2020 Source:   metro.us

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Failure of dioceses to disclose identities of predatory priests "constitutes a clear and present danger". Filed in Allegheny Common Pleas Court, the lawsuit alleges that eight Pennsylvania dioceses , seven bishops and Four sisters sexually abused by same priest in Harrisburg diocese .

The Diocese of Lafayette on Friday will release its list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor or vulnerable adult, the diocese announced Wednesday. The list contains the names of 33 priests and 4 deacons, according to a statement from Bishop Douglas Deshotel.

The legal team working pro bono on behalf of the sexual abuse survivors and children attending Catholic school announced that they have amended their complaint.

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According to a release, the complaint “seeks public disclosure of files related to sexual abuse cover-up by Pennsylvania’s Catholic Dioceses and their bishops by adding survivor plaintiffs representing the Dioceses of Philadelphia, Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg and Harrisburg.”

The class-action suit was filed on Sept. 17, 2018, and it was against Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses and their bishops. They are hoping to force the public to disclose what they have related to clergy sexual abuse and predatory priests.

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Filed Under:Andy Sheehan, Catholic Diocese , Catholic Diocese Of Pittsburgh, Grand Jury Report, Local TV In the Diocese of Pittsburgh, they include: Father Robert Wolk of St. Thomas More in Bethel Park; Father As for the Diocese of Greensburg, the grand jury named 20 priests in the report.

“We implore the diocese to do better and to do more .” Information about the priests included in the report has been complied through months of research Thomas Emens, 50, filed a lawsuit in October against the California Catholic Conference, the Diocese of Orange and other dioceses alleging he

The suit alleges that there was continued failure to comply with state laws that require mandatory reporting in regards to children in danger. The release states that, “... rendering the Catholic Church’s conduct with priests accused of sexual abuse a Public Nuisance.”

Last month, it was reported there was a landmark ruling. Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Christine Ward granted the suit to move forward in Pittsburgh. The ruling dismissed claims against the seven other dioceses. It was on the grounds that the suit did not include representatives from those areas.

Judge Ward gave the counsel 30 days to adjust the complaint.

“In response to Judge Ward’s historic order, we filed an amended class action complaint last week which includes representative survivor plaintiffs from four additional dioceses and we anticipate seeking leave of court shortly to add more representative survivors from the dismissed Dioceses of Erie, Scranton and Allentown,” Timothy Hale, an attorney representing the plaintiff classes said in a press release.

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Accused. Diocesan . One of seven priests named as defendants in 1984 civil suits filed by a 16 yr old girl seduced by Santiago (Henry) Tamayo and then by six other Filipino priests in Los Angeles. All fled the country (with support from Archdiocese) after suits filed .

Hale added, “Any survivor of abuse by any Church personnel within a Pennsylvania diocese, or parent of a child who attends a Catholic church or school in Pennsylvania, is encouraged to come forward.”

The plaintiff’s counsel noted that the case is about the discourse of information that has been hidden from the public for so long, and there will be no compensation for the class members or attorneys.

“Only the defense attorneys hired by the Roman Catholic Church will be paid for their efforts to defeat this lawsuit and preserve the Church’s conspiracy of silence,” said Hale in a release.

Hale added, “Any survivor or parent who comes forward will have the benefit of knowing they did everything in their power to bring the truth to light and to make today’s children safer.”

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