Fr. Eduard Perrone

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Pastor for 25 years Assumption of the BVM. Suspended 7/5/19 after archdiocese found an allegation of sexual abuse of a boy decades prior had “a semblance of truth.” Denied the allegation. Allegedly would invite altar boys to a lake house, wrestle with them in the water, sometimes groping them. A second former altar boy came forward after Perrone’s removal alleging the priest rubbed his genitals in 1981. Case sent to Vatican; declined to pursue. Perrone was a co-founder in 2002 of Opus Bono Sacerdotii, a group formed to support priests accused of abuse. A woman whose father co-founder Opus Bono, spoke out about his alleged abuse of boys, and said Perrone gave her alcohol in the rectory beginning when she was age 12. He sued her for defamation. His parishioners sued the archdiocese in 2/20, claiming it “fabricated” a rape charge against Perrone. In 7/20 an arbitration panel found that Perrone was the target of defamation; he was awarded $125K. In 9/20 he also sued Msgr. Michael Bugarin.

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