Thursday, June 18, 2009

Late cardinal's nephew claims abuse by priest
Last updated June 18, 2009 9:43 a.m. PT

Late cardinal's nephew claims abuse by priest

WILMINGTON, Del. -- A nephew of the late New York Cardinal John O'Connor claims he was sexually abused by a priest.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Delaware, Richard Green claims he was repeatedly molested as a boy by the late Rev. John McDevitt. The 31-year-old New Jersey man was a 14-year-old freshman at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia at the time of the alleged abuse.

Green claims McDevitt knew he was O'Connor's nephew and threatened to give him a low religion grade if he did not attend tutoring sessions, during which he was abused.

A spokesman for McDevitt's Delaware-based religious order declined to comment on the lawsuit but said Green previously had been referred by the Philadelphia archdiocese to the order's victim's assistance coordinator.

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