March 13, 2006

Widow sues priest, Catholic Church after husband commits suicide

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Robert Patrick
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
03/13/2006

A St. Louis area widow filed a wrongful death suit against a jailed priest and the Catholic Church Monday, claiming the priestís sexual abuse of her late husband caused him to commit suicide last year.

The man, known in court papers as "John Doe GS," filed his own lawsuit just two months before his death. The suit says Romano Ferraro abused him at St. Joan of Arc parish in south St. Louis multiple times between 1980 and 1983, when the man was between 10 and 11 years old, and says the St. Louis Archdiocese knew or should have known that Ferraro was a danger.

His wife, also filing anonymously as Mary Doe GS, is amending the lawsuit on behalf of her self and her husbandís estate and changing the wording to reflect his death.

Posted by kshaw at March 13, 2006 02:35 PM