CRANFORD - The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website for the Archdiocese of Newark is one priest who previously served in Cranford.
The List of Credibly Accused Clergy included James T. Benedetto. Ordained in 1970, Benedetto served at St. Antoninus in Newark, St. Catherine of Siena in Cedar Grove, St. Michael in Cranford, Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside, and Assumption in Emerson. The listing shows he victimized one person and has been permanently removed from ministry.
All 63 clergymen included in the listing have since died or been removed from the ministry, according to the Archdiocese.
“We are publishing the names of diocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Newark,” wrote Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark.
“This list of names is the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. All names were previously reported to law enforcement agencies,” Tobin wrote.
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 S. Grewal in a statement Wednesday said his office has gotten 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.
Survivors and others with information pertaining to priests’ sexual abuse are asked to contact the attorney general’s toll-free tip line at 855-363-6548.