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Lawsuit: Former Priest Says Catholic Church Defamed Him By Outing Him As Sexual Predator

Lawsuit: Former Priest Says Catholic Church Defamed Him By Outing Him As Sexual Predator

A former priest is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego for defamation of character, after the diocese outed him publicly in 2018 for allegedly molesting two boys.

J. Patrick Foley of Sacramento filed the lawsuit on Sept. 12 in San Diego Superior Court, alleging the Roman Catholic Diocese published “false and defamatory material” in a “reckless disregard for the truth.”

According to the complaint, the Church added Foley’s name to the list of 48 priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese in San Diego who allegedly molested children along with seven other priests in September 2018.

Foley’s name then appeared again when the San Diego Diocese released his name along with seven other priests in 2018, all accused of molesting children.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego told NBC 7 that it had not been served with the lawsuit and is unable to comment at the time.

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