Depositions of Louis E. Gelineau, Bishop of Providence
Defendants have repeatedly sought stays in federal and state court litigation
relating to clerical child sexual abuse. Notwithstanding, Louis E. Gelineau,
then Bishop of Providence was questioned on April 2, April 11, and April
16, 1997, by Susan McGuirl, (formerly an Assistant Attorney General for
the State of Rhode Island, lead counsel for two plaintiffs in Federal
Court), and Mr. Conlon, on behalf of plaintiff Kenneth Smith. Each of
these transcripts is available online.
NOTE: Bishop Gelineau and his counsel repeatedly asserted "first amendment"
privileges as a basis for refusal to answer questions regarding clerical
misconduct and the Church's response to same. Accordingly, questioning
of the Bishop was suspended pending rulings on these objections. Plaintiffs
anticipate pressing these first amendment claims at further depositions
in the state court matters.