Bakersfield Priest Sues Founder of Catholic Group for Defamation

Valley Public Radio

August 27, 2019

By Monica Velez

A Valley priest who has been the target of several sexual abuse allegations is suing the founder of a Catholic organization for defamation.

According to the civil lawsuit, filed through Kern County Superior Court earlier this month, Stephen Brady, founder of Roman Catholic Faithful, made statements about Msgr. Craig Harrison that were “false, defamatory, libelous and slanderous.”

Harrison was accused of sexual abuse in April by two people. The abuses allegedly occurred while Harrison worked at churches in Merced and Firebaugh. According to the lawsuit, on May 29, Brady held a press conference at a Holiday Inn & Suites in Bakersfield to revisit allegations of sexual abuse that were made in the early 2000s.

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