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In new suit, filing claims abuse complaints against late Bishop Ferrario predate his appointment in Honolulu

April 15, 2016

In one of three sex-abuse lawsuits filed this week in Hawaii, an attorney has presented a report claiming that the late Bishop Joseph Ferrario of Honolulu had been accused of sexual abuse even before he was named as a bishop.

According to Father Tom Doyle, who has been a persistent critic of the American bishops' response to sexual abuse, a review of files from the Diocese of Honolulu reveals that complaints against Bishop Ferrario date back to 1973, nearly a full decade before he was named Bishop of Honolulu. The report from Father Doyle was filed in papers supporting a suit by an alleged victim.

Bishop Ferrario was accused of sexual abuse in 1991. Although he was cleared of the charges, he resigned in 1993, at the age of 67, citing health problems. He died in 2003.


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