Catholic Church in Hawaii Faces Lawsuit

April 9, 2014

The Catholic Church in Hawaii is facing another lawsuit, claiming that a former Bishop sexually abused a boy who went to him to report he had been abused by another priest. Attorneys for the 59-year-old Honolulu man filed the suit last week claiming that now-deceased Reverend Joseph Ferrario sexually abused him in the 1960s. The same attorneys filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of a Los Angeles man who claimed Ferrario did the same to him in the 1970s. The lawsuits are filed under a Hawaii law providing a two-year window for claims of sexual abuse against minors to be made, even if the statute of limitations has lapsed. That window closes April 24.



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