Servants of the Paraclete seeks dismissal in Catholic priest abuse lawsuit; victim speaks out
The Servants of the Paraclete, named in a lawsuit over child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, asked a New Mexico court to dismiss the case in a June 10 response.
The Servants of the Paraclete is one of several defendants, including two Alamogordo Catholic parishes, named in the case filed in the 2nd Judicial District Court in Bernalillo County. The suit was filed by "John Doe" and alleged negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, vicarious liability, public nuisance and racketeering.
The Servants of the Paraclete denied the allegations in the original complaint, admitting only that, acting as a nonprofit corporation, it ran a facility in Albuquerque and Jemez Springs in 1971. The Servants of the Paraclete was originally founded as a recovery and rehabilitation facility for alcoholic and drug addicted clergy before they started receiving priests with pedophilic tendencies.
"The complaint fails to state claims, in whole or in part, upon which relief can be granted as a matter of law," the response states.
Fr. David Holley was a patient at Servants of the Paraclete in the early 1970s before he was sent to Alamogordo to what was then St. Jude Mission Church. It is St. Jude Catholic Parish now.
The Servants of the Paraclete's response states that many of the allegations are "completely irrelevant and immaterial to this action and/or because they constitute argument, not alleged facts."