On Saturday, the five Catholic dioceses in New Jersey opened a compensation fund designed to support clergy abuse survivors. The fund will provide financial settlements to individuals who experienced abuse by a clergy member. All five dioceses including Camden, Metuchen, Newark, Paterson, and Trenton united to develop the fund, which is led by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros who headed both the New York and Pennsylvania compensation funds, and the 9/11 victims’ fund. Detractors of the fund believe that the compensation fund is merely another way for the Catholic church to evade accountability for the allegedly abusive actions committed by various clergy members who served in New Jersey.
At first glance, the compensation funds created to offer financial settlements to clergy abuse survivors appear to be in good faith and will resolve the suffering many victims and survivors experienced. The issue is that clergy members accused of abuse may never be held directly responsible for the crimes they committed. Receiving compensation may not assuage or eliminate the trauma that continues to haunt victims and survivors.
If you or someone you love faced the trauma of clergy abuse, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will stand up for your rights. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation. From our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.