SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website of the Archdiocese of Newark are two priests who at one time served in Scotch Plains. One of the priests has been removed from the ministry, and the other is deceased, according to the published list.
The revelations of clergy sexual abuse of minors throughout this past year have provoked feelings of shock, anger, shame, and deep sorrow throughout our Catholic community. Victims, their families, and the faithful are rightfully outraged over the abuses perpetrated against minors. Additionally, the failure of Church leadership to immediately remove suspected abusers from ministry is particularly reprehensible. - Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark.
“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, 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,” the cardinal wrote.
Cardinal Tobin's letter also announced that a new Independent Victim Compensation Program has been established as a sign of commitment and support. This program will allow those sexually abused as minors by clergy to seek compensation in a compassionate, expeditious and transparent manner.
While no degree of financial compensation can adequately address the suffering endured, we want this to be a genuine expression of our remorse and our desire to comfort and compensate those victimized by this abuse. - Cardinal Tobin
To read the full text of Cardinal Tobin's letter, click here.
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.
Daniel Han contributed to this report. Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at firstname.lastname@example.org; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh