Sexual Abuse Within the Diocese of Camden
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Camden Diocese Sexual Abuse
We filed some of the first lawsuits against the Diocese of Camden under New Jersey’s new law for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The new law gives all abuse survivors, regardless of their current age, a limited time to pursue a legal claim for the abuse they suffered. If you were sexually abused by a priest or someone else associated with the Diocese of Camden, please contact us to learn your options and to ensure your legal rights are protected. You are not alone and it was not your fault.
Diocese of Camden — Proposed Settlement: On April 19, 2022, the Diocese announced a proposed settlement with approximately 300 survivors of child sex abuse, agreeing to pay $87.5 million in cash – the largest cash payment by any Catholic diocese in bankruptcy to date – and an assignment of its insurance rights. “This battle was hard-fought and today’s settlement was long-overdue – Camden survivors have finally obtained some semblance of justice after suffering for decades,” said Jay Mascolo of RAM Law. “This moment is a direct result of thousands of survivors courageously coming forward, and the nation-leading reforms that New Jersey passed that made it possible for survivors to finally seek justice. We hope this victory encourages others to seek accountability for the abuse they suffered – it’s not too late for many survivors in New Jersey to come forward under New Jersey’s new law.”
Camden Diocese Files for Bankruptcy: On October 1, 2020, the Diocese filed for bankruptcy. We have helped hundreds of abuse survivors pursue claims in other Catholic bankruptcies, including the current Dioceses of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, and the Boy Scouts of America. The bankruptcy does not mean abuse survivors will receive no compensation from the Diocese of Camden — the bankruptcy simply puts a “pause” on the current lawsuits against the Diocese while a bankruptcy judge decides a fair way to use its assets to compensate abuse survivors and others. We have put together a “frequently asked questions” based on our experience in other cases, which you can read by clicking here.
Most importantly, the bankruptcy judge will set a “bar date deadline” for abuse survivors to file claims in the bankruptcy. The deadline may be significantly shorter than the statute of limitations, including the two year “window” under New Jersey’s new law for abuse survivors. If an abuse survivor fails to file a claim by the bar date deadline their claim may be forever “barred” and they may receive no compensation, even if they claim they were not aware of the deadline. Please contact us to learn your options and to make sure your legal rights are protected.
Priests Accused of Child Sexual Abuse: More than 40 priests and others who served within the Diocese of Camden have been the subject of allegations of childhood sexual abuse, although many of the allegations were not investigated because of New Jersey outdated statute of limitations for abuse survivors.
The following list of priests who have faced abuse allegations was compiled from different sources, including news reports. Please know some of the allegations are disputed by the individuals listed below. Where possible we have provided a summary of the allegations and a list of the individual’s known assignments.
By default the list below is sorted by the priest’s last name. You can also sort the list by first name.
Please know the list is not intended to be exhaustive — there are likely priests and others in the Diocese of Camden who abused children but who are not listed below.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused by a priest within the Diocese of Camden, please contact us for a free, confidential consultation to learn your legal options.