Catholic Priests Moved Abroad After Accusations in U.S.

Attorney Frank Lamothe by Frank E. Lamothe, III

“The Catholic Church allowed more than 50 U.S.-based clergy to move abroad after facing credible accusations of sexual abuse. Some continued to work with children.”

“Dozens of Catholic Priests Credibly Accused of Abuse Found Work Abroad, Some With the Church’s Blessing”, is an article co-published by ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle. The reporters were Nicole Hensley of the Houston Chronicle and Katie Zavadski and Topher Sanders from ProPublica, with contributions by Lilia Saul, Lomi Kriel, Stephanie Lamm and Gabriela Martinez.

This is an extensive, journalistic investigation of the decades that the U.S. Catholic Church concealed abuse of clergy and transferred priests from parish to parish throughout the U.S. and to other countries. Analyzing lists published by 52 U.S. dioceses, reporters found 51 clergy who were moved to other countries after allegations of abuse of children in the U.S. They tracked down many of these priests and some of their victims to get a better picture of the scope of abuse, denial and lack of remorse.

Lamothe Law Firm has represented many victims of abuse by priests and others working for the Catholic Church. We are passionate about finding justice and the best possible results for the victims. Contact us if you would like to pursue a claim.

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