New York Lawsuit Claims Priests Kept Their Jobs Despite Abuse Claims

Two Catholic priests accused of sexually assaulting minors were allowed to remain active at their churches, despite the archdiocese being made aware of their alleged behavior, according to a new lawsuit.

Church officials either concealed or misrepresented the sexually abusive histories of Father Donald Timone and Monsignor John Paddack, according to the suit against the Archdiocese of New York filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Timone was accused of sexually abusing the late husband of one of the suit’s plaintiffs when he was in his teens from 1966 to 1970, according to court papers.

The victim, who committed suicide in 2015, reported the alleged abuse to the archdiocese in 2003, prompting the church to temporarily suspend Timone during an internal investigation.

Timone was eventually allowed back to work.

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