A clergy sex-abuse case with a new twist was filed this week in a Wisconsin federal district court. As described by a press release from Nate’s Mission:
This morning attorneys filed a federal civil complaint … against the Franciscans of the Blessed Virgin Mary, headquartered in Franklin, Wisconsin, and the Diocese of Jackson in the case of former Franciscan Brother Paul West, alleging discrimination and racial disparities in the treatment of Raphael Love, a Black clergy abuse victim. The lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind in the clergy abuse crisis alleging a pattern of racial discrimination both in the placement of known offenders and treatment of survivors.
The complaint (full text) in Love v. Catholic Diocese of Jackson, (ED WI, filed 7/27/2021), alleges in part:
Defendants conspired … to deceive … Plaintiff and other African American victims to accept a nominal and unconscionable settlement when the Defendants knew that the amount was far below even the cost of the future treatment the Plaintiff’s injuries … and was designed in bad faith to take advantage of the Plaintiff’s underprivileged and impoverished condition.