Sexual Abuse Within the Catholic Church

Interview With One of Our Attorneys Regarding the Church’s “Secret Files”:  One of our attorneys, Jay Mascolo, was interviewed by NorthJersey.com about the importance of the Catholic Church’s “secret files.”  You can read the full story by clicking here.  As detailed in the story, the “secret files” are documents that each Diocese keeps on its priests who have been accused of wrongdoing, usually of a scandalous nature.  The “secret files” are usually kept under lock and key and are only accessible by the Bishop and his Chancellor.  As Jay says in the story, access to these files is important for abuse survivors because they usually contain evidence that shows the Church knew or should have known that a priest posed a danger to children.  This evidence can be critical to proving an abuse survivor’s case because the Church will usually take the position in a lawsuit that it is not responsible for abuse by one of its priests, even if the Church has listed the priest as being “credibly abused” of child abuse.  More often than not, the Church will claim it is not responsible because it will claim it did not know the priest posed a danger to children until after the person was abused.  In the article, Jay explains the “secret files” often contain evidence that shows the Church knew a priest was abusing children decades ago.

Caution About the Church’s “Independent Victim Compensation Program”:  If you are considering whether to participate in the New Jersey Catholic Church’s “Independent Victim Compensation Program” we *highly* encourage you to contact us so we can explain how these programs work, our experience with these programs, and how to protect your legal rights.  We have represented dozens of abuse survivors who have participated in similar “independent” programs offered by the Catholic Church, including programs run by the same people who are running the program for the Catholic Church in New Jersey.  While the programs claim to be “independent,” in our opinion the settlement offers are usually very unfair to abuse survivors who must accept a small settlement and release all of their rights for the abuse they suffered.  Please contact us to learn your options and to learn how these programs actually work.  There is no charge for speaking with us about your options.

Governor Murphy Signs Law Giving New Rights to Abuse Survivors!! On May 13, 2019, Governor Murphy signed New Jersey’s historic new law for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Most importantly, the new law gives all abuse survivors two years to file a claim for the abuse they suffered, regardless of their current age, and extends the statute of limitations to age 55.  However, those time limits could be significantly shortened if the defendant in a person’s case files for bankruptcy.  Please contact us to learn your options and ensure your legal rights are protected!

Many people are confused about how the new law would work, so please contact us for a free, confidential consultation to learn your legal options and to ensure your legal rights are protected.  We represent multiple abuse survivors in New Jersey with claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, and others.  You are not alone, and it was not your fault.

Child Sexual Abuse in the New Jersey Catholic Church:  We represent many people in New Jersey who were sexually abused by Catholic priests and others associated with the Catholic Church.  In February 2019, the Catholic Church in New Jersey collectively announced almost 200 priests and others who they concluded have been the subject of credible allegations of child sexual abuse.  You can click on the name of each Diocese or Archdiocese to see the names that they disclosed.  However, please remember that these lists are *not* complete — in our experience, many, many more names will be added to their lists as New Jersey changes its laws and more and more people come forward.

If you were sexually abused by someone associated with the Catholic Church, you are not alone and it was not your fault.  Please contact us for a free, confidential consultation to learn your legal options.

Click on a name below to see the names of priests and others who the Diocese or Archdiocese has concluded were the subject of credible allegations of child sexual abuse: