LIVINGSTON, NJ — Among the 63 priests listed by the Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday as being “credibly accused” of sexual abuse are five priests who served at churches in Livingston, including St. Philomena’s Church and St. Raphael Parish.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, said the list consists of “diocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors" and that the list is the result of “an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940.” He added that all names were previously reported to law enforcement agencies.”
All 63 clergymen included in the listing have since died or been permanently removed from ministry, according to the Archdiocese. Of the five priests listed who served in Livingston, one is dead and four have been removed from ministry. These five priests along with the other parishes they served are listed below based on the list published by the Newark Archdiocese:
Robert Alcamo, born 1955 and ordained in 1980, served at St. Raphael as well as Assumption in Roselle Park. There was one victim reported during his service, and he has since been laicized, or permanently removed from ministry.
Michael Campanlonga, born 1936 and ordained in 1962, served at St. Philomena as well as Immaculate Conception in Newark, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, Holy Rosary Academy in Union City, Assumption in Emerson and St. Anthony in Northvale. There were multiple victims reported during his service, and he has been permanently removed from ministry
Edward Eilert, born 1938 and ordained in 1938, served at St. Philomena as well as St. Vincent de Paul in Bayonne, Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside and St. John the Apostle in Linden. There were multiple victims reported during his service, and he has been permanently removed from ministry.
John Laferrera, born 1947 and ordained in 1973, served at St. Philomena as well as St. Aloysius in Caldwell, St. Francis Xavier in Newark and Immaculate Conception in Newark. There were multiple victims reported during his service, and he has been permanently removed from ministry.
William McCann, born 1899 and ordained in 1925, served at St. Philomena as well as St. Aloysius in Jersey City, Holy Trinity in Westfield, Ss. Peter and Paul in Hoboken, Army Chaplain, Our Lady Help of Christians in East Orange and St. Francis in Ridgefield Park. There were multiple victims reported during his service, and he is now deceased.
Shortly after the Archdiocese of Newark released names of the accused, the Catholic Diocese of Trenton, Paterson, Metuchen and Camden, released names of accused priests, who served in their jurisdictions.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement on Wednesday that his office has received hundreds of calls on its tip line from people abused as children and as adults since his office launched its investigation last September into allegations of sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses in the state.
“While this is a positive first step toward transparency and accountability, I hope this spirit of openness continues during the course of our ongoing investigation and in response to our requests for records and information,” Grewal said.
Other area churches that had former priests listed on Wednesday include St. Joseph in West Orange; Knights of Columbus, Saint Aloysius and Caldwell College in Caldwell; Sacred Heart Institute in West Caldwell; Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell; and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Roseland. A full list can be found HERE.
Michael Iatesta, who has previously claimed to be a survivor of clergy abuse by Gerald Ruane of Sacred Heart Institute in West Caldwell, published a blog post in which he describes his experience “as a testimonial that sexual abuse remains a huge problem in the church and in a desire that priests who violate the church’s trust and injure vulnerable young people for their depraved self-satisfaction should be held accountable.”
“Despite my own feelings of guilt for not speaking out sooner, it is Father Ruane who has sinned and who has committed a crime,” he wrote. “I share this with you to demonstrate to others, as well as myself, that no one should have to keep such secrets. For I have come to realize, after a long, hard road, such secrets are kept at a great cost to those who keep them, as well as to those from whom they are kept.”
Iatesta’s full testimonial can be found HERE, via a blog for “Rape Victims of the Catholic Church.”
"Moving forward, vigilance must be maintained," said Tobin. "We all must be committed to protecting our children, the most vulnerable members of our community."
Survivors and others with information pertaining to priests’ sexual abuse are urged to alert law enforcement, contact the attorney general’s toll-free tip line at 855-363-6548, or report it to the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 201-407-3256.