Bp. Nicholas DiMarzio – Diocese of Brooklyn

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1970

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1977      St. Nicholas (Jersey City, NJ) 
  • 1977-1980      Holy Rosary (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1978-1979      St. Boniface Residence, Residence for Working Girls and Women (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1980-1984      Catholic Community Services, Holy Rosary Academy High School (Union City, NJ); Italian Social Service Center (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1984-1990      National Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington DC) – Migration Committee; United States Catholic Conference (New York, NY) – Catholic Committee for Refugees
  • 1990-1991      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Newark, NJ) 
  • 1991-1993      A.I.D.S. Ministry 
  • 1991-1999      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Newark, NJ); Presbyteral Council; Vicariate for Human Services; Catholic Community Services 
  • 1996-1999      Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, NJ
  • 1999-2003      Bishop of Camden, NJ
  • 2003-2020      Bishop of Brooklyn, NY 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio:

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio spent his ministry of nearly 50 years in the areas of immigration assistance and refugee resettlement services. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Newark in 1996, named the Sixth Bishop of Camden, New Jersey in 1999, and installed as the Seventh Bishop of Brooklyn in October 2003. Selected by Pope Francis to investigate allegations of sex abuse, he is a “recognized as a leader” in combatting sexual abuse in the Church. Bishop DiMarzio also served as a consultant for the John Jay Report in 2004 which analyzed “the nature and scope of the problem of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests and deacons in the United States” from 1950 to 2002. He publicly admitted and reported to John Jay that 73 clerics in the Diocese of Brooklyn were accused of child sexual abuse. 

For years, Bishop DiMarzio refused to release a list of clergy names accused of child sexual abuse. In February 2019, he released a list that contained the names of 108 “diocesan clergy for whom the diocese received allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.” It is believed the full extent of this list has yet to be released, as the bulk of cases only involved priests ordained between 1930 and 1979. 

According to media reports, in November 2019 a man reported to the Archdiocese of Newark an allegation that Bishop DiMarzio and the late Father Albert Mark repeatedly sexually abused him at the same time as an 11-year-old altar boy altar boy from 1974 to 1975 at St. Nicholas Church and School in Jersey City. Bishop DiMarzio “emphatically denied” the allegations. In January 2020, the Vatican ordered Cardinal Dolan to investigate the allegation.

In June 2020, an allegation was reported by a second man that Bishop DiMarzio repeatedly sexually abused him when he was ages 6-7, in 1979 and 1980, at Holy Rosary church in Jersey City. Bishop DiMarzio denied the claim and remains in ministry. He is the second U.S. bishop to be investigated under the norms of the Vos estis document since its promotion by Pope Francis in May 2019. It established new procedures for reporting abuse and violence, and ensures that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. 

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