However, Hebert died in Jan 2014, and my advisers tell me he no longer can file defamation suits against his accusers no matter how powerful the Church is. There is also legal precedent, dating back to the 1960s and the biography of Jean Harlow, saying the family of a deceased public figure cannot sue for defamation after the sited individual has died.
When victims such as Ted Lausche said they remembered Ray Hebert as a perpetrator, the Monsignor immediately changed from pastor to litigious adversary. In my opinion, the Monsignor's reaction proved he was guilty, or he would not have been afraid of legal discovery using his name, and he would have worked with the four accusers, as that was his job, not filed lawsuits against men who he knew were damaged and vulnerable. In the story below you see Hebert did help other victims who called the New Orleans victim assistance office, as long as they did not name him as the perpetrator:
By Bruce Nolan, Times-Picayune [New Orleans LA], December 5, 1999