On Thursday, a clergy abuse survivor filed a lawsuit against a former New York priest, the Church of Resurrection, and the New York Archdiocese. While serving at the Church of Resurrection in Rye, New York, the former priest allegedly abused an altar boy between 1972 and 1973 when the boy was 11 and 12 years old. Another survivor accused the priest of abuse when the teenager was attending Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, in the 1970s, where the priest worked, which resulted in a small settlement for the survivor. It is alleged that the former priest also abused another child between 1959 and 1961 at Holy Cross in Manhattan. He eventually went to Florida to teach at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, was removed from that post, and subsequently defrocked in March 2002. His name appeared on the list of credibly accused priests that the New York Archdiocese released in April 2019.
A priest or clergy member who allegedly commits one act of child abuse is disturbing enough, but when multiple accusations involving the same clergy member surface at not just one parish but several, it is positively alarming. In many cases, credibly accused priests may be moved to another church or school to cease the allegations and abuse from occurring, but this does not address the purported abuse or penalize the abuser. Serial abusers will not stop abusing individuals simply because Catholic church leaders transfer the allegedly abusive priest to another position.
If you or someone you love experienced clergy abuse during childhood, our 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. We serve clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.