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Delco Man Files Suit Against Philadelphia Archdiocese Over Priest Sex Abuse

PHILADELPIA (CBS) – A Delaware County, Pa. man who claims he was sexually assault by a priest who was a longtime family friend has filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Frank Finnegan, 49, of Collingdale, Pa. (above) alleges he was first overpowered by Father John Kline at a vacation rental home on Long Beach Island, NJ back in 1968 or 1969.

He says the recent release of a second grand jury report on priest sex abuse stirred graphic memories of the incidents to the surface. He says he had surpressed them for years.

Now, Finnegan wants the archdiocese to acknowledge its role in covering up Kline’s past.

“I don’t want somebody who’s seven (years old) today to be me in 40 years. I don’t want somebody to continue to be covered up and sheltered by the Catholic Church,” he told reporters today outside the archdiocese headquarters at 17th and Race Streets.

Finnegan says his older brother, Jack, who is now living in California, also confided he too had been assaulted by the priest, who died in 1996.

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(Marci Hamilton, attorney for plaintiff Frank Finnegan.)

Marci Hamilton (right), Finnegan’s lawyer, says the suit alleges fraud, a cover-up, and much more.

“The harm that this archdiocese has inflicted is on not just survivors of the abuse but their entire extended families,” she said.

The archdiocese declined comment.

Today’s lawsuit was just the latest in a flurry of lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since the Philadelphia district attorney released the results of a grand jury investigation that found a coverup by the Catholic Church hierarchy in Philadelphia (see related story).

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Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  • Lisa Kriebel

    I find it amusing Mr Finnegan that after how many years you finally remember being abused?? Funny that your suing the Archdiocese for covering up all the previous accusations against Fr. Kline. What other accusations? Oh wait there are NO other accusations that have been made in any of the investigations that Fr. Kline did any such disgusting acts. My family and myself too were EXTREMELY close to Fr. Kline and not one of us were EVER sexually abused by Fr. Kline. I am DISGUSTED that you would even accuse Fr. Kline of such horrendus acts. So what now, it’s your word against …wait a minute a AWESOME Priest, who has since passed away 15 years ago, word. Really? Now I know what your thinking $$$$$$$. Shame on you!!!!!!!

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    […] Marci Hamilton, Finnegan’s lawyer, says the suit alleges fraud, a cover-up, and much more, reports CBS station KYW in Philadelphia. […]

  • Linda

    Isn’t it interesting that the priest is dead and cannot defend himself ? Just seems that there are people that NEED to lear that what is past is history and filing a lwasuit NOW just seems so petty . IF it actually happened ( and I’m not saying it didn’t ) why wait til now and not do it years ago ?

    • Ray

      You are exactly right LInda. How insincere to say he is doing it to protect children in the future. He had no concern for them for 40 years. The D.A. is already protecting children by taking the action they are taking Mr. Finnegan. Admit it, you are only driven by the $$$. Craw back under your rock.

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