Archbishop Ordered to Give Answers

By Sofia Santana
South Florida Sun-Sentinel [Miami FL]
December 29, 2006,0,1462818.story?coll=sfla-news-broward

An attorney suing the Archdiocese of Miami on behalf of a Broward County man who said he was drugged and sexually abused as a child by a local priest can legally force Archbishop John C. Favalorato answer questions, an appellate judge ordered this week.

The archdiocese in November filed a petition in an attempt to keep Miami attorney Jeffrey Herman from interviewing Favalora. The deposition request came as part of the suit involving allegations against the Rev. Neil Doherty, 63.

Doherty is a retired priest who last worked at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Margate and was arrested in January on two counts of sexual battery, indecent assault and molestation.

A 4th District Court of Appeal judge denied the petition Tuesday, court records show.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosto said they would ask the trial judge to review the decision. Doherty's attorney, Dave Bogenschutz, said the decision likely won't affect the priest's criminal trial.

Herman has claimed that a handwritten memo and other archdiocese documents from the 1970s, '80s and '90s indicate that the archdiocese had long been aware of the allegations surrounding Doherty.

He said he plans to interview the archbishop on Jan. 15.

"They were just stalling," Herman said.

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