A Catholic priest has been accused of committing clergy abuse while serving at the Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, New York. The accuser claims that the former campus chaplain of the school abused him between the years of 1978 and 1979. Previously, another student filed a lawsuit against the Catholic priest for alleged abuse in 1989. The latest lawsuit claims that the school and church leaders covered up the allegations. The openly homosexual Catholic priest who performed charitable work during his time in New York, including fighting for gay rights and ministering to individuals afflicted with AIDS, was never defrocked by the Catholic church and currently resides overseas.
In the past, the act of defrocking priests rarely occurred and involved a lengthy process in which the Pope himself must approve. When a priest does become defrocked, the clergy member loses authority within the church and cannot perform sacraments. The release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report contributed to changes in laws and the more common practice of dismissing allegedly abusive priests.
If you or someone you love suffered from clergy abuse in childhood, you are not alone. At Williams Cedar, our clergy abuse lawyers will pursue justice on your behalf. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.