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Former priest sues for defamation

A Bronx priest, who oversaw fund raising for the archdiocese’s but became disgraced and dismissed after a former student accused him of molestation, is now suing for defamation.

Charles Kavanagh, 73, is suing his former seminary student Daniel Donohue, 46 who was granted a settlement from the New York Archdiocese. In his lawsuit, Donohue said the priest had brought him to a Right to Life rally in Washington and had then molested him in the hotel room.

“When he made this accusation in writing, he made it with malice,” says Kavanagh in the lawsuit. “Any reasonable person would consider a false accusation of such conduct against a holy priest to be outrageous and highly offensive.”

The priest’s suit includes several affidavits including two from former students that state no one was ever taken to rallies. A third affidavit from the former dean of Cathedral Preparatory Seminar that says students were never allowed to attend Right to Life rallies. (NYDailyNews)

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