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William M. Costello

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984 Taunton Ave.

Seekonk, Massachusetts,02771

United States

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church - Seekonk, Massachusetts...more

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Rev. William M. Costello
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The defendant, William Costello, was a pastor at neighboring St. Anthony's Catholic Church in East Falmouth.
In 2005, Costello reported to the Diocese that a parishioner had... More


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WILLIAM M. COSTELLO & another(1)
The plaintiff, John P. Harrington, and the two defendants, William M. Costello and John A. Perry, are Roman Catholic priests. Costello was the pastor of St. Anthony's Catholic Church (St. Anthony's) in East Falmouth. At some point in January, Costello telephoned Perry and told him that a parishioner of St. Patrick's (parishioner) had accused Harrington of stalking her minor son, a high school student, and wanted to transfer her son from the religious education program at St. Patrick's to the counterpart program at St. Anthony's. Thereafter, Perry contacted Harrington and informed him of the stalking accusation conveyed by Costello. Bishop Coleman made it clear that Harrington was not going to learn the identity of the coworker who, according to Costello and Perry, was the source of the statement about the parishioner's stalking accusation; the bishop instead indicated that Harrington should drop the matter. On November 1, 2010, Harrington filed his complaint against Perry and Costello in the Superior Court. In January, 2005, Harrington was aware that Costello had related to Perry that a parishioner had accused Harrington of stalking a minor boy -- in other words, that Costello had published to Perry a defamatory stalking accusation concerning Harrington. In January, 2005, Harrington was aware that Costello had related to Perry that a parishioner had accused Harrington of stalking a minor boy -- in other words, that Costello had published to Perry a defamatory stalking accusation concerning Harrington. But a claim for defamation seeks to recover for harm caused by publication of defamatory material, see HipSaver, Inc. v. Kiel, 464 Mass. 517, 522 (2013), citing White v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mass., Inc., 442 Mass. at 66, and there is no dispute that Harrington was aware of Costello's and Perry's identities as the publishers of the defamatory stalking accusation in 2005. Harrington argues that in deliberately withholding LeBrun's identity from him, Costello and Perry engaged in positive acts to fraudulently conceal his cause of action against them. According to his complaint, despite never having been told by LeBrun (or anyone else) that a parishioner had accused Harrington of stalking her son, Costello published the accusation and told Harrington that a third party provided him with the information. Here, Perry informed Harrington that the parishioner (whom Perry identified by name) had not conveyed to Costello any accusation that Harrington was stalking her son.


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WILLIAM M. COSTELLO & another.(1)
CYPHER, J. The plaintiff, John P. Harrington, filed a complaint in the Superior Court on November 1, 2010, containing two counts of defamation, one against John A. Perry and the other against William M. Costello. The plaintiff, Harrington, and the defendants, Costello and Perry, are Roman Catholic priests. Costello was the pastor of St. Anthony's church in East Falmouth. In January, 2005, Perry contacted Harrington to inform him that Costello had telephoned him to report that a parishioner, Patty Williams, had accused Harrington of "stalking" her son, a high school student, and wanted him (her son) transferred from St. Patrick's religious education program to St. Anthony's program. Costello refused to identify the coworker. After publication of the accusation by Costello and Perry, Harrington was subjected to incidents of harassment and ridicule. In May, 2005, Harrington met with Bishop George Coleman of the Fall River Diocese and Perry.(2) Coleman affirmed that Costello told Perry that Williams had accused Harrington of stalking her son and that Williams denied ever making such a statement. It is readily apparent that Harrington suffered injuries from Costello's communication to Perry and Perry's communication to the religious education directors. "That [Harrington] chose not to bring a cause of action until he discovered that Costello was not merely repeating the statements that were so damaging, but had what appeared to be a much more sinister role in the entire transaction (if LeBrun's denials are in fact true) does not make the cause of action 'inherently unknowable.' It is the publication of the false statement that causes harm that is actionable, not that the publisher of the false statement was aware that it was false." Finally, the majority concludes that because Harrington was aware that he had been injured upon publication of the defamatory accusation by the defendants, William M. Costello and John A. Perry, he had the requisite knowledge that the defendants had published a false statement to a third party and that the statement caused him harm: "Well within the statute of limitations, Harrington could have filed suit. At the time of the publication of the defamatory statement Harrington was misled into believing that Perry and Costello were protected by the common-law conditional privilege to republish the alleged stalking accusation. In addition, Costello and Perry refused to tell Harrington the name of the author of the accusation. Costello was the pastor of St. Anthony's church. It was reasonable at the time for Harrington to believe that Perry and Costello were required and privileged to republish the accusation of stalking to each other and to the two directors of the religious education program. The extent of this publication would not be considered excessive and therefore would not have abused and forfeited the privilege that Harrington reasonably thought existed for the benefit of Costello and Perry. It was only then that Harrington discovered that the statements made by Costello and Perry were not in fact privileged, but were maliciously fabricated by Costello. It was only then that Harrington discovered that the statements made by Costello and Perry were not in fact privileged, but were maliciously fabricated by Costello. Until that time it was reasonable for Harrington to believe that the act of "republishing" the statements by Costello and Perry was privileged. We do not know from the record whether Perry or Coleman knew that Costello had fabricated the stalking allegations.


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