Woman Sues Archiocese over Priest Abuse of Her Father

Seattle PostIntelligencer

July 24, 2008

A woman has sued the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle claiming her father was sexually abused by two priests employed by a North Seattle parish, P-I reporter Levi Pulkkinen reports.

In a lawsuit filed July 11, the woman says her father was sexually molested during the late 1960s and 1970s by Desmond McMahon and James McGreal, both ordained priests then working at the Saint Catherine of Siena parish.

The woman asserts she was deprived of a normal relationship with her father because of the abuse made possible by the church's attempts to cover up the behavior of McMahon and McGreal.

The archdiocese has not yet responded to the lawsuit.

Both priests were removed from ministry by a review panel created by Archbishop Alex Brunett in 2003. McGreal was sent to a locked treatment center for priests located in Missouri. McMahon resides in an assisted-living facility in California.


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