Media Advisory: Clerical Expert Identifies Bishop Joseph Ferrario as Child Abuser Before Appointment as Bishop

Three More Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Filed Before April 24 Legal Deadline

26 Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Settled Involving the Diocese of Honolulu and other Religious Orders

(Honolulu, HI) – At a press conference Wednesday, Kailua Attorney Mark Gallagher will:

  • Announce the filing of three lawsuits on behalf of three sexual abuse survivors before the April 24, 2016 legal deadline. The new lawsuits ask courts to force public disclosure of the identity and whereabouts of all credibly accused clerics in the Diocese of Honolulu;
  • Release the expert report of Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, a canon lawyer and expert in the field of clerical child sexual abuse, identifying Bishop Joseph Ferrario as a child molester prior to his appointment as Bishop;
  • Discuss the settlements of 26 child sexual abuse lawsuits involving the Diocese of Honolulu and various religious orders; and
  • Encourage sexual abuse survivors in Hawaii to come forward and pursue legal action under a Hawaii law that expires April 24, 2016.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM (HST)

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777 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

A copy of the complaint and documents will be available on