Cardinal Ratzinger Successor Dogged by Abuse files

When Archbishop Levada assumes Pope Benedict XVI’s old position at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sometime this summer, he’ll be faced with more than 700 clergy abuse files. The backlog is partly blamed on the US Bishops’ 2002 zero tolerance policy in which allegations of clergy abuse are sent to Rome for trial. We have a similar case in our office. We represent a victim of Father Richard Emerson who abused a young boy while stationed as a Catholic priest in Orlando Florida. A lawsuit has been filed in Orlando and we are aggressively investigating on behalf of our client.