An alleged abuse survivor spoke out against the clergy abuse he suffered from as a minor and filed a suit against the Newark Archdiocese. The man claims that when he attended Our Lady of the Lake Elementary School in Verona, New Jersey in the 1990s as a 14-year-old that a priest molested him. The priest who became ordained in 1981 served in multiple parishes throughout New Jersey including Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Ridgewood, Our Lady of Mercy in Park Ridge, Church of St. John the Baptist in Fairview, and St. John Nepomucene Church in Guttenberg until 2003. In the early 2000s, he was put on administrative leave for soliciting a prostitute and died in 2007. He appeared on the New Jersey list of credibly accused priests that was released nearly a year ago.
One of the reasons why clergy abuse is so widespread is because, in the past, Catholic church leaders and parishes transferred the accused priests and clergy members to other parishes and churches instead of reporting the alleged abuse and putting a stop to it. This led to even more issues of abuse among more children and further escalated the clergy abuse epidemic. Unfortunately, it may take years for abuse survivors to gather the strength to discuss the abuse from which they suffered and make strides to hold their abusers accountable.
If you or someone you love experienced the trauma of clergy abuse, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar stand beside survivors of abuse and will fight for their rights. To arrange a free and confidential case review, please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online. We provide compassionate and skilled legal representation to clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide from our offices located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.