Catholic Priests File Lawsuits to Fight False Sex Abuse Allegations

With clergy abuse lawsuits seemingly on the rise across the United States, new reporting uncovers a growing number of priests who are fighting back against their accusers by suing them, investigators, and even other church officials, reports Deena Yellin, as republished by USA Today.

The list includes the Reverend Roy Herberger of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York. Last year, he filed a defamation case against a 42-year-old man who said the priest had assaulted him as a boy.

After a lengthy investigation, Herberger was deemed innocent of any crimes, and while the outcome showed that justice prevailed, Herberger says “the experience was devastating.”

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