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Widow sues Archdiocese over husband's suicide

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By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A woman is suing the St. Louis Archdiocese, claiming her husband killed himself last year because of priest sex abuse when he was young.

The woman, from the St. Louis area, filed the suit Monday against a jailed priest and the Catholic Church yesterday.

She claims the priest's sexual abuse of her late husband caused him to commit suicide last July. The man filed his own lawsuit just two months before his death.

The suit says Romano Ferraro abused him at a St. Louis parish multiple times between 1980-1983, when the man was a boy.

The suit also claims the St. Louis Archdiocese knew or should have known that Ferraro was a danger.

Ferraro is currently serving a life sentence in Massachusetts for sexually assaulting a young boy there.

The archdiocese of St. Louis did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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