A clergy abuse survivor is urging the Trenton Diocese to release personnel records on the priest who abused him and other credibly accused clergy members. When the survivor who wrote a book on clergy abuse attended seminary school at 16 years old, a longtime parish priest at St. Mary of the Lake Church in Lakewood, New Jersey abused and attempted to sexually assault him. He learned that he was not the only victim when the New Jersey report cataloging credibly accused priests who served in the state was published. He alleges that the diocese knew about the abusive actions of the perpetrator and failed to address them. He and his attorneys want to review any abuse reports that the diocese received and find out if any action was taken against the allegedly abusive priests.
Abusive clergy members must take responsibility for their criminal actions against minors, but they are not the only culpable parties. In some cases, the dioceses and church officials may protect their interests by sweeping the allegations against potential abusers under the rug and not properly investigating them or failing to alert the authorities. The Catholic church must be fully transparent about any abuse that occurs in order for clergy abuse survivors and victims to gain justice.
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