On November 10, 2011, a Miami-Dade jury awarded a Michigan man $100 million in damages resulting from his childhood sexual abuse by Father Neil Doherty, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Miami.
At a news conference yesterday, Attorney Jessica Arbour announced the filing of 2 new lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Miami for alleged sexual abuse by Neil Doherty. Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A. has filed more than 20 lawsuits naming Doherty as the offending priest.
Attorney Jessica Arbour announced the filing of a new lawsuit in Orlando for child sexual abuse by Fr. Thomas Sykes and a breach of contract by the Diocese of Orlando.
Not surprisingly, the John Jay report on the causes of clergy sexual abuse between 1950 and 2010 is not worth the paper its printed on, even though the US Conference of Catholic Bishops shelled out more than $1,000,000.00 to pay for it. It blames the clergy sexual abuse epidemic in large part upon bishops who did not focus enough on victims' needs, and the cultural revolution of the Sixties and Seventies. What about blaming the bishops for exhaulting secrecy, greed, and the reputation of accused priests above simple humanity and common sense?