A new clergy abuse lawsuit targets a deceased priest who originally reported on the former Bishop of the Albany Diocese in 1995 and 2001, alleging that he broke his vows of celibacy by engaging in sexual relations with other priests. The lawsuit alleges that the deceased priest who served in St. Joseph’s Church and the parish school in Rensselaer, New York, abused an 8-year-old altar boy starting in 1965. At the time, the priest was a seminary student at the Mater Christi Seminary in Albany, New York, and was not officially ordained until 1972. The plaintiff who is now a 61-year-old man states that the alleged abuse ceased after he stopped attending church, but he developed alcoholism as a result and only disclosed the abuse after years of substance abuse counseling. The former priest was removed from St. Joseph’s Church in 1979, as requested by two school staff members, served in several different unsuccessful positions within the Catholic church in New York, and committed suicide in 2004.
Adults who may experience sexual abuse as children may not show signs of abuse until years later. Substance and alcohol abuse, suicidal tendencies, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), unhealthy sexual relationships and behavior, and much more may result in the lives of abuse survivors. These consequences disrupt the quality of life for survivors who simply cannot move past the abuse.
If you or someone you love dealt with the trauma of clergy abuse, our clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will fight for your rights. Please call us at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential consultation with an attorney well-versed in sexual abuse matters. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.