Church Seeking Legal Costs From Alleged Victim

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Victims of clergy sex abuse are protesting efforts by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to recover legal costs from a man who unsuccessfully sued the church.

The plaintiff, listed in court papers only as John Doe 76C, sued in 2006 alleging he was abused by a priest in the early 1980s. He won his case, then lost on appeal because the statute of limitations had expired.

David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, calls the church’s effort to recoup nearly $64,000 in legal costs “callous.” He says it’s a mean-spirited effort meant to intimidate this particular victim and other victims into staying silent.

The archdiocese issued a statement Wednesday calling its effort to recover legal costs routine.

But the Star Tribune reports it’s the largest amount sought by the archdiocese to date.

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  • kattie

    Shame on the church; bad enough that so many priests are immoral, and live double lives, but to go after a victim who simply had statue of limitations expire, sinful! Just goes to show the same leaders of the Archdiocese who allowed these perverts to continue with new victims are behind this new immoral action. I would be ashamed to be a member of any church that condones this! By the way while in marriage counseling over 30 years ago a very famous priest in the same Archdiocese tried to seduce me when alone. I was older and virtually ran out, and debated what to do. What amazed me is these sick individuals are doing this right in the church. God will take care of them in the end!

  • kattie

    By the way these immoral, sick individuals are in all religions, sad indeed….

  • Pavel

    This is shameful! What is it here I don’t understand? The “victim” proves abuse by the priest and also has to pay the legal fees? These leaders of the church should be castigated by the flock! Where are my Catholic friends to stand up against this?

  • Michael Clark

    you see why I list my status nowadays as a “recovering” Catholic;stuff like this just doesn’t sit well with me at all

  • Paul Solinger

    Every time I think about returning to church, they do something stupid.

  • Mark from MNtaxwaste

    good for the Church, go after this slimeball

    • Todd

      Another brite statement by MNtaxwaste. Did you enjoy being molested or what? The slimeballs are the priests who did this sick, perverted stuff while preaching against contraception, abortion, etc.

  • Barb

    The Cathollic Church is no longer in the faith busniess, they are no diffrent than any large corp. When they suffer loss, they must recoup.
    With all of the bad press, they suffered losses of members and with the drepression, donations are down. I feel bad for them. They have resorted the the same tricks politians use, fear and hate, to hang on to the small minded.
    When the figure out that people need love and hope, mabe more people will go back.
    It would also help if they would admit their sins and help the healing.

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