Woman's Lawsuit against Brooklyn Diocese Continues

By Matt C. Abbott
Renew America [New York]
September 19, 2006

Barbara Samide was the principal at a Catholic school in Queens, N.Y.

In a lawsuit filed in 2002 against the Brooklyn diocese — which is presently in the deposition stage — Samide alleges that Father John Thompson sexually harassed, threatened and assaulted her on various occasions.

She reported the priest's behavior to diocesan officials, who, she alleges, left her flapping in the wind. After filing the lawsuit, Samide was terminated from her position at the school.

Click here to see the complaint in its entirety (PDF). (Note: contains graphic language.)

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist. He can be reached at


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