WOMAN SUES ‘PERV’ PRIESTS
Monsignor John Zeder and Reverend Thomas Keating have been accused of sexually abusing a woman in separate incidents more than 20 years ago when she was a teenager. The upstate woman said that Zeder raped her between 1978 and 1981 and that Keating sexually abused her in 1982 after she told him about Zeder's conduct. The incidents occurred while the men were priests at St. Mary's Church in Cortland. The lawsuit accused the diocese, Bishop James Moynihan, Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Costello and the two priests of violating the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by concealing the alleged abuse. Keating, 63, said he knew nothing of the allegations. He was at St. Mary's from 1982 to 1993. Zeder is 77 and retired. He served as pastor of St. Mary's from 1978 to 1981.