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Former Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark to be deposed within 30 days

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: February 11, 2020 06:47 PM
Created: February 11, 2020 06:42 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Former Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark is going to testify in a deposition. 

Tuesday afternoon a bankruptcy judge ruled the retired church leader can be questioned by attorneys representing both creditors and sex abuse victims.

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Clark has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and his attorneys have claimed he's not competent enough to testify. 

The ruling by the judge was welcomed by both attorneys, who believe Clark is capable of answering their questions, and by the victims who say they want justice for those who are still hurting.

It was great news for many like Carol DuPre, who is one of the hundreds of victims who were allegedly sexually abused by priests.  

"I put my hand behind me and grabbed the other committee member's hand, because I was really pleased," DuPre said when asked about her initial reaction. "Sometimes people forget we were kids you know, when all of this happened."

The judge placed several restrictions on the deposition. 

One of them being, no more than three hours of questioning. 

Attorney Steve Boyd represents more than 100 sexual abuse victims in this case. 

He says everyone is ready to proceed.

"We have to explore," Boyd said. He continued, "We have to ask the questions. We have to see how those answers to the questions are approached by the former Bishop."

DuPre is hoping some accountability comes out of the deposition. 

Clark was responsible for keeping vital information regarding the assignments of predatory priests, all the way down to church records. 

"We have to go back to the survivors, and realize that this is really important to us to see if there's a possibility that we can learn something that might be hidden away somewhere like they said in journals or written down," DuPre said.

Although closed to the public, the deposition must take place within 30 days. 

DuPre is looking forward to it. 

"I'm very excited about this opportunity, and we're going to be very busy over the next couple of weeks as a committee, I'm sure," DuPre said.

The judge also ruled that Aug. 13, 2020, is the last day any alleged sexual abuse victims can file a claim in this case. 

This is also the same day that the state's Child Victim's Act comes to an end. 

If there's an extension by Albany, it will not extend to Rochester.


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