Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Attorney
The sexual abuse of Catholic youth by Priests, Pastors, Deacons, Sisters and members of various Orders like the Jesuits, Franciscans, Vincentians, Capuchins and Christian Brothers is an appalling exploitation of the sacred trust and faith that a young parishioner places in the Catholic Church. And the historical reaction by the Bishops and Cardinals to the problem has been almost beyond belief in its callousness. Over the last decade society has seen Dioceses from New York to California and from Washington to Florida place their reputations over the safety of the children delivered into their care. To protect the church, bishops moved pedophile priests around like chess pieces and lied to their parishioners about predatory priests.
Archdiocese and Clergy Sexual Abuse
In 1996, a full six years before the landmark Boston Globe series about sexual abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese set off the national scandal in the Catholic Church, Paul Mones along with New York attorney Michael Dowd, sued the Archdiocese of New York in a case involving a parochial school principal who molested a young adolescent boy. In 2000 that case went to trial in Manhattan and was settled after 3 days. This was the first sexual abuse case ever to go to trial against the Archdiocese of New York. In 2007, Paul won an $11.45 million award against the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York on behalf of two victims who were sexually abused by their Music Ministry teacher. Out of all the thousands of cases that were filed after 2002, this was one of the very few that ever went to trial against a Catholic diocese. The verdict stands as on the largest ever handed down by a jury against a Diocese. This verdict was not just a resounding victory for Paul and his clients. The verdict sent an important message to religious institutions nationwide about their responsibility to protect the children and teens entrusted to their care.
Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Attorney
Paul not only understands the plight of the victims but he also has a detailed knowledge of the inner workings of the Catholic Church hierarchy, how priests exploit and groom their parishioner/victims and how the Church has covered up the problem. He has worked on Catholic clergy sex abuse cases throughout the nation in states including but not limited to New York, Florida, Illinois and Oregon.
Sexual abuse can produce serious, long-lasting emotional and psychological injuries. Paul retains highly skilled and experienced mental health professionals to help evaluate his clients’ damages. If you or a loved one was molested by a priest, pastor, brother, nun or any other employee of a Catholic Church – regardless of when it occurred – please contact Paul Mones to assist you in deciding what options are best for you.