Sunday, November 28, 2010

Archdiocese sued
Archdiocese sued over alleged abuse
By Abe Levy - Express-News Web Posted: 11/19/2010 12:00 AM CST Barbara Garcia Boehland of the support group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests lays out pictures of alleged victims at a protest in front of San Fernando Cathedral. JERRY LARA/
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Ministry service of Louis White
1975-76: St. Ann's, San Antonio
1976-77: Sacred Heart, Floresville
1977-78: St. Joseph, Yoakum
1978-81: Notre Dame, Kerrville
1981-84: San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio
1984-87: St. Luke, Loire
1987-88: St. Vincent de Paul, San Antonio
1988: Left priestly ministry
1989: Removed from the priesthood
Source: Archdiocese of San Antonio

The Archdiocese of San Antonio is accused of covering up the repeated sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy by a priest and failing to adequately notify the Floresville parish where the alleged abuse took place nearly 35 years ago, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Bexar County.
The suit also claims the archdiocese sent a priest to intimidate the parish from helping abuse victims.

No longer a priest, Louis White was associate pastor of Wilson County's Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 1976-77 when he is alleged to have molested the boy up to three times a week for six months in his bedroom, a shop at the rectory and the church.

The victim is 46 now and remains anonymous in the suit, which also names White and does not specify a dollar amount for damages. White's whereabouts are unknown.

In public notices sent out in March 2009, the archdiocese said there were “believable” accusations of sexually assaulting a male teen against White and two other former priests — episodes between 1978 and 1982 at San Fernando Cathedral when they were associate pastors there.

Notices were published in the bulletins of 15 parishes where the men had served. A news release also was posted on the archdiocesan website. White's Floresville parish was not included in the initial posting but was later added with an explanation that “the parish was inadvertently omitted.”

The release went on to say White abused the San Fernando teen about 1981 and was removed from the priesthood for undisclosed reasons in 1989. The notices also urged anyone with concerns to contact the archdiocese. It is believed the teen is not the same alleged victim cited in Thursday's suit.

San Antonio archdiocesan spokesman Pat Rodgers declined to comment, saying the lawsuit had not been served and at any rate archdiocese policy is not to comment on pending litigation.

The suit for the first time reveals details about an accusation against White, matching the pattern highlighted in the national scandal that erupted in 2002 and expanded oversees in subsequent years.

Several years ago the San Antonio archdiocese said there were 58 reports of abuse against 20 priests out of a total of 2,113 priests serving from 1950 to 2002. It also reported it had paid more than $5.2 million in settlements over that span.

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