“Where can an innocent priest go to restore his name when truth is sacrificed at the altar of expedience?”

That is a question the Rev. Andrew Syring asked this week when he filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Omaha to allow it to correct what he says were false and defamatory statements about him.

The lawsuit, filed Friday, asks for a $2.1 million judgment against the Archdiocese of Omaha, “and such further amounts that may be necessary to fully compensate him for the injuries that he has suffered.”

Syring, a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha since 2011, filed the complaint against the Archdiocese for defamation, multiple tort actions and violation of due process. He also demands a jury trial to “set the record straight, clear his name, and hold the Church accountable for its willful negligence.”

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