Father Neil Doherty
In Rome Wednesday, Pope Benedict took a final lap around St. Peter’s Square and delivered a goodbye address to hundreds of thousands of cheering, adoring faithful. In Miami, bells were tolling at the Archdiocese as advocates for alleged victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests called on the out-going Pope to fully reveal the scope of the Church’s sex scandals.
Looking frail and seated before a judge, retired South Florida priest Neil Doherty pleaded no contest to six counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child.
The Miami Archdiocese again finds itself the target of a child abuse lawsuit, this time involving an accused serial molester already being held in the Broward County jail in a criminal case.
A retired South Florida priest accused of molesting young boys may be facing one of the largest jury verdicts awarded in a sexual abuse case.
Two new lawsuits have been filed against a former South Florida priest accused of molesting young boys. The suits, which name the Archdiocese of Miami, allege that Neil Doherty abused two boys between 1978 and 1990 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.