Perhaps this is the main reason that Fr. John Corapi resigned from priestly functions…… so he could bring a lawsuit against his accuser.
With the shortage of vocations, the Catholic church in the U.S. really can’t afford to remove every priest who is accused, whether the accusations are true or not.
Many priests arrange never to be alone in a room with another person in order to prevent false accusations.
The Church offers not much possibility for an accused priest, or lay ministers and teachers to defend themselves against false charges.
Having a prominent priest fight back might be a very necessary thing, although filing suit certainly isn’t “turning the other cheek”.
Too much acquiescence to the accusers, many of whom are not truthful, could eventually remove the ability of the Church to function in its educational and charitable ministries.