January 12, 2006

FAMILY'S HELL

LONG ISLAND (NY)
New York Post

By KIERAN CROWLEY

January 12, 2006 -- Five brothers and sisters from the same Long Island family have filed a $25 million lawsuit against the Catholic Church, claiming that religious officials covered up their sexual abuse as children by the same priest.

Dick Regan and his two brothers and sisters filed the lawsuit against the late Rev. Daniel Babis and Bishop William Murphy, alleging abuse and a "cover-up" going back decades.

Three of the victims in the legal action filed by lawyer John Aretakis in Nassau County Supreme Court which alleges sex abuse in Howard Beach, Queens, Long Island and in Canada are identified only as "John Doe" or "Jane Doe."

Regan, a former cop, said he always knew that he and one of his sisters were molested by the "evil" Babis, starting in the mid-1950s but discovered only a few months ago that three other siblings had also been carrying the same terrible secret.

When his sister Joann reported the abuse to her parents in 1968, Regan said his father, also a cop, confronted Babis. The priest denied the charge ending the abuse and possibly preventing the abuse of three other younger siblings.

Posted by kshaw at January 12, 2006 07:23 AM