A new list released by the USA Northeast Province Jesuits (UNPJ) on Tuesday features a former priest from Pennsylvania and ten other former priests from New Jersey credibly accused of the sex abuse of minors. Since the list dates back from 1950, many of the clergy members left the ministry or passed away. The former priest from Pennsylvania served at the St. Anastasia Church in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2002. Accusations of clergy abuse stemmed from the 1980s, and he was removed from his post in 2002. One of the ten former New Jersey priests accused of abuse ministered at the Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey campus from 1970 to 1977. The abuse that occurred between 1966 and 1976 was reported in both 2002 and 2018. In 1990, this former priest passed away. Most of the New Jersey priests who appeared on the UNPJ list concentrated their work in Jersey City, New Jersey.
New Jersey decided to conduct their own clergy abuse investigation of Catholic dioceses throughout the state after Pennsylvania released their grand jury report in August 2018. Pennsylvania led the way to prompting several other state investigations as well, and the widespread abuse detailed in the reports disturbs many but confirms the often-dismissed allegations. The report gives credence and a voice to the many sex abuse survivors who stood in the shadows and endured significant trauma throughout their lives because of the abuse.
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