2 new sex abuse lawsuits filed against Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Posted at: 05/14/2014 12:18 PM
Updated at: 05/14/2014 5:40 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

An Albuquerque law firm on Wednesday filed two new child sex abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

The lawsuits point to two specific cases of alleged abuse involving two priests at churches in Albuquerque: Queen of Heaven Parish and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.

The lawsuits are filed on behalf of two men who say they were abused in the late 1960s and in 1986. The lawsuit also lists 40 priests from central and northern New Mexico who the lawsuits claim were part of a culture of child sex abuse during that time in the Archdiocese.

"The therapeutic needs of these men require transparency by the current Archdiocese leadership. Without documents from that era, where about a third of the priests were sexually abusing hundreds of boys, it will be difficult for these men to begin to understand how and why this happened to them," said Levi Monagle, a member of the litigation team helping the alleged victims.

KOB reached out to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for comment, but so far, we have not heard back.