New clergy abuse accusations have arisen against the former New Jersey Cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, who held the unofficial title as best priest in the state. The Cardinal, who also served as the Archbishop of Newark and the founding Bishop of Metuchen, was defrocked in February by the Vatican after he allegedly abused two boys and sexually harassed seminarians. The newest allegations claim that the Cardinal abused about seven other boys who accompanied him on fundraising trips between 1970 and 1990.
In January 2018, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith found the Cardinal guilty of soliciting sex from both minors and adults. A month later, the Vatican officially defrocked the Cardinal, which took away his ability to administer sacraments or to identify himself as a clergy member. Since that time, more credibly accused priests have been defrocked due to the crimes that they have committed against minors.
If you or someone you love suffered from the traumatic aftereffects of clergy abuse, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will help you pursue the closure you need to begin the healing process. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, please call us at 215-557-0099 or contact us online. We provide compassionate legal representation to victims and abuse survivors throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide from our offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.