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Diocese of Harrisburg Reverses Course and Broadens its Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Fund

The Diocese of Harrisburg announced today that it will be waiving a critical eligibility requirement of its victim compensation fund.  The program previously required that persons seeking compensation must have previously identified themselves as victims of clergy sexual abuse to the Diocese before February 11, 2019.  This requirement has been removed.  This announcement by Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese is a dramatic change in the program as many abuse claimants might have otherwise been deemed ineligible.

This announcement places the Diocese of Harrisburg compensation program in line with other diocesan programs in Pennsylvania.  Under the new program rules, abuse survivors who have not previously come forward to the Diocese of Harrisburg are eligible for compensation through the victims’ fund program.

The claims period will run from February 12 to May 13, 2019.  Claims filed after that date will be denied.  Therefore, it is important to promptly contact a lawyer who has experience handling sexual abuse claims against the Diocese of Harrisburg to ensure your claim (including all supporting documents) are timely filed.

In order to be eligible for the program, the claimant must have been a victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18 by a a priest, deacon, or seminarian of the diocese; or the allegation is against a priest or deacon from another diocese who had faculties in the diocese at the time of the abuse; or the allegation is against a priest or brother from a religious order who had faculties in the diocese at the time of the abuse.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, deacons, seminarians and other clergy in the Diocese of Harrisburg. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a member of the clergy in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Harrisburg may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

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Is the Diocese of Rochester (New York) Planning to File for Bankruptcy Due to Sex Abuse Liability?

The Diocese of Rochester abruptly canceled its voluntary program to compensate victims of child sexual abuse by its clergy.  This will not affect claims previously submitted.  But this sudden decision could mean more lawsuits being will filed by victims.  Although the Diocese of Rochester publicly says its decision is the result of the recent passage of the Child Victims Act eliminating the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases, this appears to be a dubious explanation as the defense of lawsuits is typically viewed to be as more costly for a defendant than a compensation program.  Instead, the Diocese of Rochester’s decision is fueling explanation of a future Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing by the Diocese of Rochester.  Bishop Salvatore Ronald Matano of the Diocese of Rochester has not publicly commented on the decision or the possibility of a bankruptcy filing.

According to published reports, the Diocese of Rochester’s compensation program has received thirty submissions.  But the total number of child sex abuse victims in the Diocese of Rochester is expected to be much higher than that as there are over thirty former priests of the Diocese of Rochester who have been public accused of child sexual abuse:  Father David L. Bonin; Thomas W. Burr; Albert H. Cason; Bernard Casper; Paul Cloonan; Thomas Corbett; John Costello; Eugene Emo; Robert Gaudio; John Gormley; David Gramkee; Gerard Guli; Robert Hammond; John Heathwood; G. Stuart Hogan; Joseph E. Larrabee; William D. Lum; Charles J. McCarthy; Robert F. O’Neill; Richard J. Orlando; Vincent Panepinto; Foster P. Rogers; Paul R. Schnacky; Dennis R. Sewar; Dennis J. Shaw; Gary P. Shaw; David P. Simon; John J. Steger; Conrad Sundholm; Thomas J. Valenti; Francis H. Vogt; Michael Volino; and Robert J. Winkerton.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rochester.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Rochester now have legal options to file a lawsuit against the Diocese of Rochester.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

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Former Priest John G. Allen of Diocese of Harrisburg Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

John G. Allen, a 75 year old defrocked priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, was arrested this morning on charges that he molested two altar boys between 1997 and 2002.  According to the criminal complaint, Allen abused the abused the victims while they served as altar boys at St. Margaret Mary’s Alacoque Church in Harrisburg.  Allen had been removed from the ministry by the Diocese of Harrisburg in 2002.  Allen was defrocked in 2006, four years after the Diocese received a “credible allegation” that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in 1979.

John G. Allen served in multiple Diocese of Harrisburg parishes, including locations in Lebanon, Gettysburg, Selinsgrove, New Cumberland, Steelton, Lancaster and Harrisburg.  He is facing four counts of indecent assault and two counts of corruption of minors, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.   For a full profile on Father John G. Allen, see this link:

Profile on John G. Allen

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Harrisburg.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Harrisburg may have legal options against the Diocese of Harrisburg.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Patrick J. Weaver – Diocese of Camden

Father Patrick J. Weaver
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1963
Permanently suspended: 1994
Death: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Victories, Landisville
  • St. John, Collingswood
  • Corpus Christi, Carney’s Point
  • St. John, Paulsboro
  • St. Mary’s Parish, Cherry Hill
  • St. Joan of Arc, Camden

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick J. Weaver:

In a 1966 case, a young boy alleged that Father Patrick J. Weaver abused him after he went to Weaver, then serving at St. John in Collingswood, for advice on becoming a priest, the suit says. The boy’s mother quickly complained but says she was threatened with excommunication unless she kept quiet.

As a “spiritual advisor” to then-Bishop Guilfoyle, the Diocese of Camden did nothing to Weaver except promote and transfer him to another parish.

In 1985, another victim alleged that Father Weaver molested him at St. Joan of Arc rectory in Camden, forcing him to urinate as the priest held the boy’s penis. Weaver was never charged with that assault. Despite a state law requiring notification of police, law enforcement was never alerted.

That same year, Weaver quit the Diocese of Camden and was convicted for molesting his own nephew and another boy who attended St. Joan of Arc. For his crimes, Weaver served no time and was, instead, placed on probation.

Weaver passed away in 2011, but his exact burial location is unknown.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Alfred Vasapolli – Diocese of Camden

Father Alfred Vasapolli
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1973
Removed from ministry: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Christ the King, Haddonfield
  • St. Aloysius, Oaklyn
  • Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill
  • St. Peter Celestine, Cherry Hill
  • St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights
  • St. Veronica, Delair
  • Transfiguration, West Collingswood
  • St. Joseph, South Camden
  • Our Lady of the Lakes, Collings Lakes

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Alfred Vasapolli:

Father Alfred Vasapolli was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, very little is known of Vasapolli’s activities within the church and the Diocese has not released the records of any allegations made against Vasapolli.

The Diocese of Camden notes that Vasapolli was removed from ministry, however, there is no information regarding the date of the removal. His current whereabouts are unknown and there is no public record of his death available.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. William Titmas – Diocese of Camden

Father William Titmas
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1963
Permanently removed from ministry: 1994
Death: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Thomas, Brigantine
  • St. Margaret, Woodbury Heights
  • St. James, Ventnor
  • St. Joseph, South Camden
  • St. Stephen, Pennsauken
  • St. Peter, Merchantville
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May
  • Assumption, Pomona
  • St. Mary, Salem
  • St. Joseph, Sea Isle
  • Chaplain, West Jersey Hospital, Camden

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Titmas:

In the 1994 RICO lawsuit again the Diocese of Camden, a victim alleged that Father William Titmas abused and assaulted him for years beginning when the victim was 12 or 13 years old.

The victim claims that Titmas and two other priests, John P. Kelly and John P. Bernard, attacked him in parish rectories at St. Gregory’s in Magnolia, St. Peter’s in Merchantville, and Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May. He said the abuse took place between 1972 and 1977.

The victim shared in the settlement of the lawsuit with other victims.

Titmas passed away in 2004, but his exact burial location is unknown.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Brendan V. Sullivan – Diocese of Camden

Father Brendan V. Sullivan
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1960
Retired: 2004
Permanently removed from ministry: 2010
Death: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960: St. Theresa, Runnemede
  • 1960-1961: Queen of the Apostles, Pennsville
  • 1961: St. Maurice, Brooklawn
  • 1963-1965: St. Joan of Arc, Camden
  • 1963-1965: Camden Catholic High School
  • 1965-1976: Blessed Sacrament, Margate
  • 1964-1978: at Holy Spirit High School
  • 1976-1978: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Absecon
  • 1978-1979: Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale
  • 1979-1982: Assumption, Atco
  • 1982-1987: St. Patrick, Woodbury
  • 1987-2004: St. James, Ventnor

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Brendan V. Sullivan:

In 2010, a man accused Father Brendan V. Sullivan of sexually abusing him in 1981, when he was just 14 years old. While the Diocese of Camden has not been notified of any other allegations against the priest, Sullivan acknowledged to The Press of Atlantic City that the incident occurred.

Sullivan claims that the abuse only happened once and knew the victim several years before and afterward, saying he played an advisory role in the relationship.

Sullivan held several leadership roles in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Camden, including one as the Principal of Holy Spirit High School in Absecon from 1973 to 1978.

Sullivan passed away in 2010, but his exact burial location is unknown.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Antoine St. Germain – Diocese of Camden

Father Antoine St. Germain
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1976
Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Corpus Christi, Carneys Point
  • Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale
  • St. Frances de Sales, Barrington
  • St. Martin de Porres, Hammonton
  • St. Joseph High School, Hammonton
  • Incarnation, Mantua
  • St. Augustine, Ocean City
  • St. John, Paulsboro
  • St. Stephen, Pennsauken

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Antoine St. Germain:

Father Antoine St. Germain was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, very little is known of St. Germain’s activities within the church and the Diocese has not released the records of any allegations made against St. Germain.

The Diocese of Camden notes that St. Germain is deceased, however, the exact date of his death and the location of his burial are unknown.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Walter Smith – Diocese of Camden

Father Walter Smith
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1968
Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Casimir, Woodbine
  • Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House
  • St. Luke, Stratford
  • Immaculate Conception, Camden
  • Immaculate Conception, Bridgeton
  • St. Mary, Williamstown
  • Most Holy Redeemer, Westville Grove
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Hammonton
  • St. Ann, Wildwood
  • St. Mary, Gloucester
  • Sacred Heart, Vineland
  • St. Michael, Gibbstown
  • St. Patrick, Woodbury
  • Chaplain, Cooper University Hospital, Camden
  • Chaplain, Newcomb Hospital, Vineland
  • Chaplain, Underwood Memorial Hospital, Woodbury

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Walter Smith:

Father Walter Smith was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, very little is known of Smith’s activities within the church and the Diocese has not released the records of any allegations made against Smith.

The Diocese of Camden notes that Smith is deceased, however, the exact date of his death and the location of his burial are unknown.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. John E. Smith – Diocese of Camden

Father John E. Smith
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1969
Removed from ministry: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Bernadette, Northfield
  • St. Lawrence, Lindenwold
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Berlin
  • St. Cecilia, Pennsauken
  • St. Michael, Atlantic City
  • Incarnation, Mantua
  • Holy Spirit High School, Absecon
  • St. Nicholas Grammar School, Atlantic City

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John E. Smith:

Father John E. Smith was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, very little is known of Smith’s activities within the church and the Diocese has not released the records of any allegations made against Smith.

The Diocese of Camden notes that Smith was removed from ministry, however, there is no information regarding the date of the removal. His current whereabouts are unknown and there is no public record of his death available.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.