By DAMIEN FISHER, InDepthNH.org
Manchester’s Bishop Peter Libasci is inquiring a choose to dismiss the sex abuse lawsuit towards him, stating in a response submitted on Tuesday that none of the allegations are correct.
Libasci was named in the lawsuit submitted in July, accused of abusing an altar boy throughout the 1980s when Libasci was a parish priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Libasci has managed his innocence considering that NH Reporter very first broke news of the lawsuit, submitted in the Suffolk County Supreme Court docket in New York. The respond to to the lawsuit, created by Boston lawyers Michael Connolly and Stephen Rosemarino, with the law firm of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, denies all of the allegations and demands that the case be dismissed. Libasci is also trying to get to recuperate attorney fees from his accuser.
The authorized reaction to the allegations supplied by Libasci’s attorneys does not give any evidence to back again the promises of his innocence, while in common, that is unusual at this phase in these types of lawsuits. The accuser’s grievance also did not offer aspects much even further than the accusation that he was groped by Libasci at all over the age of 13, and the statement that church officials must have acknowledged Libasci ought to not have been about little ones.
The lawsuit is remaining introduced under New York’s Baby Victims Act, which extended the statute of limits for victims to carry this kind of lawsuits. The Diocese of Rockville Centre has by now submitted for bankruptcy because of to sexual abuse lawsuits involving clergy.
Libasci served as the auxiliary bishop in Rockville Centre. He’s been the Bishop in Manchester for the last 10 many years, taking in excess of for scandal-plagued Bishop John McCormack who was discovered to have helped former Boston Archbishop Bernard Cardinal Regulation deal with up a long time of sexual abuse.
Bevin Kennedy, the recent media agent for the New Hampshire diocese, declined to remark on the ongoing, parallel Church investigation into the promises versus Libasci.
Below the Vos estis protocols put forward by Pope Francis in 2019, bishops accused of abuse are subject to a new type of discipline from Rome, like a Church investigation executed in just 90 days of the accusation staying designed.
These kinds of Vos estis investigations are generally performed by the local metropolitan, in this circumstance, Archbishop Sean Cardinal O’Malley in Boston. Boston officials have declined to remark on the make a difference, and representatives for the United States Meeting of Catholic Bishops have but to return phone calls from NH Reporter.
Libasci can’t be taken off from his submit absent an order from Pope Francis, as only the Pope can take away any Bishop under Roman Catholic regulation.