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New Priest-Abuse Suits Could Put San Diego Diocese on Cusp of 2nd Bankruptcy


The Rev. Gregory Sheridan was described as a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — “the nicest man in the world, but inside … were demons.” Anthony Rodrigue, another deceased San Diego cleric, was called “one of the most prolific and horrible pedophile priests” a lawyer had ever seen. But the greatest nightmare to local Roman Catholic leaders might be “treble damages.”

In a press conference Thursday announcing a half-dozen lawsuits against the Catholic Diocese of San Diego and numerous local parishes, Attorney Irwin Zalkin wouldn’t put a price tag on how these and dozens of other legal actions in his pipeline might cost the diocese.