Victims of clergy abuse in New Jersey can look forward to the prospect of compensation for their suffering at the hands of Roman Catholic clergy thanks to the imminent opening of the state’s victims’ compensation fund.
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.
The Catholic Church continues to deal with the fallout from this summer’s shocking grand jury investigation into allegations of rampant sexual abuse by clergy members in several dioceses throughout Pennsylvania. In the latest update, two survivors of alleged child sexual abuse have sued the Philadelphia Archdiocese in order to obtain records of misconduct by priests, along with their work histories.
The Philadelphia Diocese of the Catholic Church has announced that it has created a compensation fund for victims of clergy sexual abuse. The new reparations plan, announced yesterday, will be called the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations program, and will be run by a team responsible for a similar fund in New York.
Many are wondering if a scandal of even greater proportions than in Pennsylvania will emerge in New Jersey, which has one of the largest populations of Catholics in the country. Attorney generals in New York and New Jersey have already set up hotlines for individuals who would like to speak with investigators and report instances of sexual abuse.