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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 24, 1991 PAGE 13 Judge dismisses bishop- Honoktlu (CNS) - A federal judge Nov. 2 dismissed all charges in a sex abuse corn- by a former Hawaii resident against A. Fermrio. The bishop has repeatedly denied all the Judge Harold Fong ruled that David complaint of alleged sex abuse hat ended nearly ten years ago was filed bo hte, long after Hawaii's two-year statute if limitations ran out. He dismissed additional charges that the has defamed Figueroa by denying allegations when Ftgueroa made them the media. Fong ruled that the bishop had a right himself agaimt public accusations. otherwise would mean that anyone ~ho denied public allegations against him, even if they were unsupported, might have ]to go to court to defend himself against 7" efamafion charges, the judge said. ug-! Figueroa, now 33 and IMng in Florida, [in 1989 began to publicly accuse Bishop wi- !Ferrario of having molested lfim as a boy tes !and young man fi'om, 197.'2-8.9. " ng! In 1985 Figueroa s mother, a former ~ea gift subsoilmOn m ARKANSAS CAWIOUC Post Office Box 7417 Little Rock, AR, 72217 664-0340 housekeeper at St..Amthony Parish in Kailua, Bishop Fenm'io was a pastor in the 1970s, made the allegations in a letter to (now Cardinal) Pio Laghi, who then papal pro-nuncio to the U.S. F ueroa initially denied his mother's alle- gations but later said they were true. After a yearlong investigation Church officials said the allegations were baseless. Flgueroa filed the lawsuit Aug. 8. He also accused Bishop Ferrario's predecessor at St. Anthony's, Ft. Joseph Henry, who is now deceased, of having molested him since 1064, and a third priest, Fr. Anthony Bolger, of having molested him for a period begin- ning in 1979. Fguerio's attorney, Jeffrey Anderson of Minnesota, claimed the statute of limitations should not apply because F'~ueroa was "in- sane" and did not realize he had suffered the alleged harm until 1989. Fong said there was no "plausible evi- dence" that the alleged abuse had made Ftgueroa incafyable of knowing he had le- gal redress before 1989. He cited a 1986 letter during the Church investigation in which Figueroa wrote that he was despon- dent and dying of AIDS and had talked with a lawyer about taking legal action "against these people for helping to ntin my life." Safely Bertog/The New WoddK~NS Former parishioners gather each Sunday outside Ascension of Our Lord in Evanston, IL, to pray by the church, which was closed last year. The Vatican has agreed to hear an appeal from the parishioners to reopen their church. Laundry & Cleaners 917 Main Street Pine Bluff 535-0623 * Dry Cleaning * Laundering 534-4210 or 535-3486 & Cherry S 'eeN in Pine Bluff Christmas' Cards featuring Immaculate Heart of Ma y Church in Marche A snowy scene on the cover, a s~nple message inade. $6 br a packet of 20 Call 851-2760 or 851-7952. Proceeds bene Immaculate .... v- T RALPH & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS CHERRY ST. AT 8TH AVE. / PHONE 534-3131 Our tadg o[ flood Cmmstl fithoal 1204 $itllt Jilt, in littlt ink, ~:l~a~ut 72204 OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL SCHOOL, DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK, HAS AN OPENING FOR A CATHOLIC PRINCIPAL FOR THE SCHOOL TEI::~I BEGINNING IN THE FALL OF 1992. AN IMPORTANT FORCE WITHIN OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL SCHOOL IS ITS MULTICULTURAL STUDENT POPULATION OF APPROXIMATELY 400 (KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE). OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL SCHOOL OFFERS A QUALIFY EDUCATION IN A CARING ENVIRONMENT, PROMOTES THE HIGHEST ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND ENABLES STUDENTS TO ADDRESS CONTEMPORARY S(X;IETAL PLUMS WITH THE BENEFIT OF CHRISTIAN INSIGHT. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND WILl_ BE FEVIEWED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS. ELEMENTARY ADMINISTRATION CERTIFICATDN OR WILLINGNESS TO WORK TOWARD SAME IS REQUIRED. SALARY NEGOTIABLE IN ACCORDANCE WITH DIOCESAN SALARY GUIDE- LINES. FOR APPLICATION FOt~IS C(~ffrACT: DP,. RALPH KODEU. OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL SCHOOL 1204 S JACKSON ST Ln'nJE ROCK, ARKANSAS 72204 501-223.3888 APPLICATIONS W/LL BE ACCEPTED NOW ~ DECEMBER 15,1991.