August 11, 2020
By Christine Niles
A whistleblower on clergy corruption is fighting attempts to silence him.
Stephen Brady, president of Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF), an organization dedicated to exposing corruption and sex abuse in the Catholic clergy, has had to spend many thousands of dollars — even mortgaging his home and spending his life savings — to defend himself against a defamation lawsuit brought by Msgr. Craig Harrison. A priest of the diocese of Fresno, California, Harrison was placed on leave in May 2019 after at least half a dozen men stepped forward accusing him of abuse when they were teens.
“This is an action brought by a powerful public figure, using all of his extensive resources and connections in his local community, to engage in a pattern of rank intimidation against those who speak against him,” argue Brady’s attorneys in his latest court appeal. “He’s sued a victim, an investigator and his own diocese — and enlisted his brother to engage in a campaign of harassment.
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