Clergy sex abuse accusers file $20 million lawsuit against Vatican

HOUSTON — A $20 million lawsuit filed in a Houston federal court by two alleged clergy sex abuse victims is stretching all the way to Rome.

“This starts at the very very top, which is the Vatican,” attorney Tahira Khan Merritt said.

Merritt, along with attorney Felecia Peavy, represents two adult clients identified as Jane and John Doe, who claim they were sexually abused as children by Father Manuel La-Rosa Lopez. The incidents allegedly occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s while the priest was serving the Sacred Heart parish in Conroe. Their accusations led to criminal charges of indecency with a child against La-Rosa Lopez. He was arrested in September 2018 and the criminal trial is set to begin next month. – READ MORE


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