For decades, leaders of the Roman Catholic dioceses of New Jersey remained silent on allegations of abuse by clergy members. But this month, the truth will out. Five archdioceses in New Jersey have begun to divulge information related to abuses that stretch back nearly one hundred years. They are finally naming names.
The recent changeover in state attorney generals will not interrupt ongoing investigations into clergy abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses around the country. Offices in New York, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Florida, and Delaware which will be lead by new AGs have also reported some of the highest levels priest abuse. And at least 14 attorney generals around the country have confirmed that they are conducting investigations into clergy abuse in their states in the wake of Pennsylvania’s shocking grand jury report, which made international headlines this summer.
While Pennsylvania is still reeling from the findings of the grand jury report into priest sexual abuse throughout the state, Catholic dioceses in other states, including most recently New Jersey, have been conducting their own internal investigations. The latest story involves a list of ten priests who spent their careers in Jesuit schools of New Jersey who have been “credibly” accused of sexual abuse. The list was compiled and released by the USA Northeast Province Jesuits, an organization that represents the Roman Catholic order of priests in north Jersey and several other states.