Priest Abuse Victims Question If Archdiocese Properly Investigated, Referred Cases to Vatican
By David Hammer and Ramon Antonio Vargas
WWL 4 CBS and Times-Picayune and Advocate
November 5, 2020
Mark Vath thought the sexual abuse complaint he filed against his fatherís cousin, a Roman Catholic priest named Paul Calamari, was resolved when the Archdiocese of New Orleans put Calamari on a 2018 list of clerics strongly suspected of molesting children.
Church officials also agreed to pay Vath a $100,000 settlement for his ordeal. That was less than a month before the release of the roster of fallen priests and deacons. Church officials also later told him they believed his allegations.
But it turns out a formal investigation of Vathís case by the church didnít even start for another two years. Archbishop Gregory Aymond informed Vath in a letter in September that the church had only begun scrutinizing Calamari a month earlier, a process that might refer the matter to top Catholic bureaucrats in Rome to consider removing Calamari from the priesthood.