Another child abuse lawsuit has been filed against a priest from the Archdiocese of Miami, the second that the archdiocese has faced in a month.
Fr. Neil Doherty, a priest who is already in jail on unrelated charges, is accused of abusing a teenage boy in the 1980’s. According to the lawsuit, Fr. Doherty drugged and sexually molested the boy when he was 15, under the guise of blessing him and making him feel “special.”
We are proud of Dennis Montero for coming forward and breaking his silence. Given the Archdiocese of Miami’s recent tactics of attacking and trying to undermine the credibility of victims, this must have been a very difficult decision. We are glad that Montero was not shamed into silence.
We hope that this courage will prompt others who were abused in the Archdiocese of Miami to come forward and make a report to police. Considering that the most recent cases filed against the Archdiocese of Miami indicate that abusive priests were kept in ministry despite multiple allegations of abuse against them – as seen in this case and the Fr. Rolando Garcia case – we are sure there are other victims who are scared to come forward. Hopefully the example set by Montero will encourage others to speak up and join him in speaking out.