The Media Report, September 23, 2019
We are happy to report two new developments in cases of falsely accused priests:
- A jury in Wisconsin swiftly acquitted Rev. William Nolan after a 26-year-old accuser made the astonishing claim that Nolan had abused him well over a 100 times as recently as a decade ago.
“I’m a Catholic priest. I’m supposed to forgive. I think I can do that, but I will never forget the way [the accuser] has ruined my life,” Nolan told local news media.
To say the least, there was a multitude of glaring inconsistencies in the accuser’s crazy story, including that the accuser had purportedly seen Nolan naked over 100 times but had failed to mention the large scars over Nolan’s chest and legs from heart surgery. The accuser had obviously not been abused.
2. Follow-up: We are pleased to report that a Minnesota appeals court recently upheld a $13,500 jury award to Rev. William C. Graham after the jury found that an accuser had falsely accused him.
As we reported last year, the accuser was represented by the notorious law firm of Jeff Anderson, and Anderson’s sleazy lawyer, Mike Finnegan, lied to the media that there was somehow a “split verdict” in the jury’s decision.
Yet the question remains: In an age where dioceses far too often put accused priests out to pasture never to be seen again, will bishops do the right thing and immediately restore these two men to full communion with their priesthoods?
But a woman on the jury wrote a letter blasting Finnegan’s characterization of the verdict and added that there was “no proof” that any abuse occurred. Good for her.
Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new trend. When folks lie to courts claiming they were abused by priests, the priests should countersue, naming names. Justice demands it.
Yet the question remains: In an age where dioceses far too often put accused priests out to pasture never to be seen again, will bishops do the right thing and immediately restore these two men to full communion with their priesthoods? So far, we don’t know. Stay tuned.
Article first appeared at: http://www.themediareport.com/2019/09/23/rev-william-graham-and-rev-william-nolan/