Archdiocese Sued over Priest
By Dan Horn
March 24, 2004
Two women accused Catholic church leaders Tuesday of failing to protect children overseas from an abusive Vatican priest with ties to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
In a lawsuit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, the two unidentified women complained that the priest, Daniel Pater, traveled the world with little or no oversight while working for the Vatican in the 1980s and 1990s.
They claim church officials failed to keep Pater away from children despite promises they would and despite previous allegations of abuse against him.
"(Pater) has been in numerous third world countries, including but not limited to Australia, Zaire and India in situations where he could abuse children with impunity," the lawsuit states.
Church officials said they did not mislead anyone about Pater's past. They said they were aware of only one allegation against him, and it involved one of the two women who sued the archdiocese Tuesday.
In that case, the archdiocese settled out of court in 1995 and paid the woman an undisclosed amount.
A separate settlement between the woman and Pater included a promise that she would not "initiate" a criminal prosecution of the priest. The settlement with the church included no such language, although church officials did not notify authorities of the complaint.
The woman claims Pater began sexually abusing her in the early 1980s, when she was 14 to 16 years old. Pater was assigned to St. Charles Church near Dayton at the time, and the woman was a student at Alter High School.
Until Tuesday, church officials said, that woman was the only one to complain about Pater. They said they learned of the second woman from the lawsuit.
Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said the first complaint was made in 1993, prompting church leaders in Cincinnati to recall Pater from Rome and to order him to stay away from children. He later returned to the Vatican and resumed his duties there.
When asked if the restrictions against contact with children were enforced, Andriacco said he didn't know. "His supervisors (in Rome) were informed of the restrictions on him," Andriacco said.
He also said the archdiocese did not attempt to conceal the allegations, as the lawsuit claims. Although terms of the settlement were confidential, the woman's lawsuit was reported in the media in 1993.
Pater returned from Rome two years ago and has been suspended from ministry.
Any original material on these pages is copyright © BishopAccountability.org 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems