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Homestead Priest Charged with Sexual Battery Stands Trial

The trial for a priest accused of raping his goddaughter and parishioner has started this week. Fr. Jean Claude Philippe is charged with sexual battery of a helpless victim after he allegedly drugged and assaulted the victim.

Detectives say Fr. Philippe partially confessed to raping the victim when they approached him months after the event took place. Shortly after his arrest, the Archdiocese of Miami released a statement, announcing his suspension.

“Effective immediately, Archbishop Thomas Wenski has removed Fr. Philippe from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, placing him on administrative leave,” the statement reads. “The Archdiocese of Miami continues to fully cooperate with law enforcement as this allegation against Father Jean-Philippe continues to be investigated.”

Details About the Alleged Abuse

On October 30, the victim took the stand and told jurors that three years prior, Fr. Jean Claude Philippe invited her over to his home on church grounds to receive some gifts he got for her. In the kitchen, the victim says Fr. Jean-Philippe gave her some tea and she passed out. 

Two hours later, she says she woke up naked in Fr. Philippe’s bed as the priest stood over her––wearing nothing but his underwear. The priest reportedly tried to embrace her, saying “everything was okay” and “that nothing happened.”

Despite the odor of bodily fluids, the victim says Fr. Philippe says he only massaged her. The victim subsequently went to a senior Sacred Heart clergyman to report the incident, and she says the clergyman told her “she was touched by God” before asking her to “keep her mouth shut.”

Disclosure of the Incident and Investigation Fr. Jean Claude Philippe Horowitz Law

The victim says she kept the incident a secret for months. It wasn’t until she went on a spiritual retreat did she disclose the incident with another priest, who urged her to report it to the police. 

The police subsequently started an investigation into the matter. Detectives wired the victim, and when she talked with Fr. Jean Claude Philippe about what happened, he said that he masturbated but “never penetrated her.” 

When the detectives detained Fr. Philippe, he denied the incident until they asked for his DNA. He then explained how his DNA could be found in her, saying that she forced him inside her during the massage. 

Case Development

The trial, which takes place in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, is expected to last all week. Fr. Jean Claude Philippe will testify in his defense.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Miami, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Joseph Centanni, A NJ Landlord, Facing Sex Abuse Claim and Lawsuits From Tenants

In July 2021, Joseph Centanni, the owner, and landlord of hundreds of rental units across 18 properties in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was arrested for the second time after seven more tenants came forward alleging sexual assault by Centanni, bringing the total number of alleged victims to 20 since 2016. In total, Centanni was charged with eight counts of second-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree attempted sexual assault, and 14 counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. 

According to recent news reports, as of October 2021, Centanni has settled seven out of eight civil lawsuits, with one remaining open. No details have been released as to what the settlements entail.

The Union County Prosecutor’s office filed 35 criminal charges, claiming he sexually assaulted or harassed 20 different victims who were his tenants over the years. According to other media reports, Centanni allegedly described the sex acts he solicited from his victims as a quid pro quo, agreeing to offer them rent reductions, delays in eviction, or other forms of financial assistance in exchange for sexual favors. 

Prosecutors state that Centanni used his “position of power and privilege to prey on the vulnerabilities and desperations of others.” The criminal complaints filed against him detail how the landlord allegedly coerced vulnerable tenants, prospective tenants, single mothers, a homeless man, and soon-to-be evicted tenants — into performing sexual favors in exchange for free housing or financial relief.

According to one lawsuit, a former tenant claims that Centanni allegedly forced her to perform non-consensual oral sex on Centanni whenever she was late or short on her rent to not face eviction.

In another lawsuit, a man states that Centanni offered to clear his owed rent “by demanding sexual favors, as a quid pro quo” when he was late paying his rent in 2019. The victim also claimed that Centanni made sexual advances again when he fell on hard times during the coronavirus pandemic but ultimately refused Centanni’s alleged demands.

Authorities said that each of the victims reported feeling as though they had no choice but to concede to Centanni’s demands, citing desperate personal circumstances such as trying to maintain housing for their young children. The lawsuits claim that the victims would meet Centanni in his office on the 200 block of West Jersey Street in downtown Elizabeth and that the sex acts took place in laundry rooms, storage areas, or boiler rooms at his properties. One victim claims she was assaulted in a sample apartment unit meant shown to prospective renters.

The Department of Justice has also filed a lawsuit against Centanni alleging he violated the Fair Housing Act for sexually harassing tenants and prospective renters for more than a decade. The lawsuit is on pause as the criminal charges play out.

In the eighth lawsuit against Centanni, which remains open, a woman alleges that when she asked Centanni if she could rent an apartment in one of his buildings, he responded, “What are you going to do for me?”

Although Centanni settled seven of the suits, he still denies all allegations made against him.

We’ve all seen stories about selfish profiteers who exploit desperate renters by seeking sex in exchange for payment leniency, even during the pandemic. Trying to sexually exploit the vulnerable, at any time under any circumstances, is of course despicable. But doing so during a financial crisis is even worse. If you or someone you knows has suffered or is suffering this kind of bald-faced intimidation, exploitation or abuse, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. Thomas Doyle – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Thomas Doyle

Diocese of Norwich (Marianists)

Thomas Doyle Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 1992

Died: 2007

Assigned as Follows:

  • Cardinal Gibbons High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • St. Paul (Ellicott City, MD)
  • Marianist Formation Center (Baltimore, MD)
  • Cathedral Latin School (Cleveland, OH)
  • Chaminade Mineola High School (Mineola, NY)
  • Hamilton High School (Hamilton, OH)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Vernon, CT)
  • St. Bernard Parish (Rockville, CT)
  • St. James High School (Chester, PA)
  • St. Joseph Parish (New London, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Thomas Doyle:

Fr. Thomas Doyle was ordained a Marianist priest in 1974, who served in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in 1994 civil suit two twin brothers accused Doyle of abusing them over a 10-year period beginning in 1979 when the boys were 14 years old. At the time of the alleged abuse, Doyle was a pastor at Sacred Heart in Vernon, CT. Two more boys came forward to accuse Doyle of sexual abuse in 1994. The details of their allegations are unknown.

In February 2019, Fr. Doyle’s name was included on the Diocese of Norwich’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors under the heading “priests belonging to a religious order who served in the Diocese of Norwich.” The Marianists Province of New York publicly named Doyle on their credibly accused list in 2020. Doyle’s name also appears on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of accused priests and brothers, which was released in 2020.

Fr. Thomas Doyle died in 2007.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Francis Dority- Diocese of Norwich

Fr. John Francis Dority

Diocese of Norwich (Franciscans)

John Francis Dority Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Left Order: 1976

Laicized: 1980

Died: 2019

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1967-1973: St. Anne’s Friary (Annapolis, Brazil)
  • 1967-1973: Holy Name (Roslindale, MA)
  • 1973-1975: St. Stephen of Hungary (New York, NY)
  • 1975-1976: St. Catherine of Bologna (Ringwood, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Francis Dority:

Fr. John Dority was ordained a Franciscan Friar priest in 1967 who served in the Diocese of Norwich. In the 1960s through the early 1970s, he spent six years as a missionary in Brazil. When visiting family in Massachusetts, he worked as a fill-in priest at Holy Name in Roslindale. He also worked at parishes in Ringwood, New Jersey, and New York City. He left the Franciscans in 1976 and was laicized in 1980.

According to media reports, in 2003, Rhode Island State Police arrested John Dority in his Woonsocket home for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy. He was later charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old man. Dority pleaded no-contest to second degree child molestation charges in 2005 and received a 20-year prison sentence. He was released in 2007 after serving two. His name is listed on the Connecticut sex offender registry.

In 2010, a civil suit was filed on behalf of two men who allege that they were sexually abused by Dority while he was on leave from his assignment in Brazil and serving as a fill-in priest in Roslindale, MA. The alleged abuse occurred between 1965 and 1971, starting when the plaintiffs were ages 10 and 13. Dority admitted to the abuse. The judge awarded $3 million to the plaintiffs in October 2011.

In a 2020 lawsuit, Fr. Dority is accused of sexually abusing a male minor in 1975-1976 when the victim was 13-14 years old. The alleged abuse occurred while Dority was assigned to St. Catherine in Ringwood, NJ.

Dority’s name was not included in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States. In February 2019, his name was included on the Diocese of Norwich’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted that as of 2019, he was living in the diocese, but was never affiliated with it.

In October 2021, the Holy Name Province published a list of Franciscan friars with substantiated child sexual abuse and misconduct claims following a review of its files by an advisory firm. John Dority was one of 23 the friars named.

He died in 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Dennis Carey – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Dennis Carey

Diocese of Norwich 

Dennis Carey Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1998

Resigned: 2012

Died: 2013

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. John the Evangelist (Old Saybrook, CT)
  • Most Holy Trinity (Pomfret, CT)
  • St. Joseph (New London, CT)
  • St. Paul in Chains (Waterford, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Dennis Carey:

Fr. Dennis Carey was ordained to the priesthood in 1998, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in June 2012, Connecticut State Police raided the rectory at St. Paul in Chains in Waterford, CT and found suspected child pornography on a computer belonging to Fr. Dennis Carey. He was charged with first degree possession of child pornography and was ordered to have no contact with children and not to use computers.

Investigators found 338 files of suspected pornography involving male and female minors: several videos included children between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. Fr. Carey admitted to police that he was addicted to pornography and had been viewing it for two years. Following his arrest and release on bail, Fr. Carey was sent to St. John Vianney, a treatment center for Catholic clergy in Downington, PA.

In 2019, the Diocese of Norwich publicly named Fr. Dennis Carey on its list of “clergy with allegations of substance abuse of a minor.”

Fr. Carey died from a stroke in May 2013 prior to his sentencing.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Salvatore Busca – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Salvatore Busca

Diocese of Norwich 

Salvatore Busca Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

  • Ordained: 1955
  • Removed: 1961
  • Excardinated: 1969
  • Died: 2006

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Sebastian Church (Middletown, CT)
  • St. Patrick Church (Hartford, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Salvatore Busca:

Fr. Salvatore Busca was ordained to the priesthood of the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete in 1955, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in 2019, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Norwich’s list of “clergy with allegations of substance of sexual abuse of a minor.” The details of the allegations, including the information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, and Busca’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

Fr. Busca was removed from ministry in 1961, and excardinated from the Diocese of Norwich in 1969. He perpetually professed into the Servants of the Paraclete, meaning he renounced his goods either partially or totally according to the norm of proper law and with the permission of the supreme moderator is to do the same. He died in 2006.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Gerard Smit – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Gerard Smit

Diocese of Lafayette

Gerard Smit Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1950

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joseph (Iota, LA)
  • St. Michael’s (Egan, LA)
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Christ the King (Lake Charles, LA)
  • St. Anne (Youngsville, LA)
  • Our Lady of Assumption (Bosco, LA)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Chataigner, LA)
  • St. John of the Cross (LeBlanc, LA)
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Christ the King (Lake Charles, LA)
  • St. John Berchmans (Cankton, LA)
  • Our Lady of the Lake (Lake Arthur, LA)
  • St. Raphaels (Iowa, LA)
  • St. John the Evangelist (Lacassine, LA)
  • St. Joseph’s Mission (Chloe, LA)
  • Immaculate Conception (Elkton, DE)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Gerard Smit:

Fr. Gerard Smith came to the Diocese of Lafayette from a monastery in the Netherlands. The first allegation of sexual abuse in the 1960’s against Fr. Smit was received in 1982 by the Lafayette Sherriff’s Office. A man told police that Smit assaulted him at a weekend camp near Mamou and Estherwood, LA. The man also said the Smit stalked him and sent him a check for $10,000, which later bounced. The man was allegedly told that the statute of limitations was over.

In 1996, the same man saw Fr. Smit’s name in a church bulletin in the Diocese of Wilmington. He reported his allegation to the Diocese of Wilmington, which barred Smit from working as priest in the diocese. In 2002, the man asked the Diocese of Lake Charles for a financial settlement and ultimately filed a criminal complaint against Fr. Smit with the Louisiana State Police accusing Smit of molesting him in 1961 when he was an altar boy at St. Anne Church in Youngsville, LA. Police found credible evidence but could not prosecute the case because too much time had expired.

According to media reports, in 1986 a woman told Diocese of Lake Charles officials that Fr. Smit had sexually abused her and other girls in the 1960s when Smit was assigned to Our Lady Queen of Heaven. According to a 1986 letter, Bishop Jude Speyrer admits to receiving the allegation and acknowledges that Fr. Smit did not deny the allegation. Bishop Speyrer sent Fr. Smit to Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, NM for treatment. After treatment, Fr. Smit was sent to the Diocese of Wilmington.

In 2010, a former altar boy who served at St. John Berchmans told Bishop Michael Jarrell of the Diocese of Lafayette that Smit had sexually abused him in the 1970s. Following this allegation, Smit was told not to have any contact with minors and to refrain from “public celebration of the sacraments or acts of worship.”

In February of 2012, Smit was listed on the Diocese of Wilmington’s list of “diocesan clergy or lay employees regarding whom there are admitted, corroborated or otherwise substantiated allegations of sexual abuse, molestation, and rape of a minor.” Both the Diocese of Lake Charles and the Diocese of Lafayette named Fr. Gerard Smit on their lists of credible accused clergy in 2019.

Fr. Gerard Smit is reported to be living in Pennsylvania.

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Jody Blanchard – Diocese of Baton Rouge

Fr. Jody Blanchard

Diocese of Baton Rouge (Jesuit Order)

Jody Blanchard Diocese of Baton Rouge Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1983

Left Society of Jesus: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • Jesuit Community (Berkeley, CA)
  • St. Charles Borromeo Church (Grand Coteau, LA)
  •  Tulane Catholic Center (New Orleans, LA)
  •  Immaculate Conception Parish (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (Houston, TX)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Fr. Jody Blanchard:

Fr. Jody Blanchard was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1983, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. According to media reports, in December 2018, he was publicly named and included on the Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits list of credibly accused clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, substantiated or determined to be credible. He was also named on the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s list of credibly accused in 2019.

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victims, the nature of the abuse, Fr. Blanchard’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse, or when the abuse took place was not provided by the Jesuits or the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Fr. Blanchard left the Jesuits in 1994 and is currently a counselor to the elderly and spiritual care/bereavement coordinator in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Pierre Celestin Cambiaire – Diocese of Baton Rouge

Fr. Pierre Celestin Cambiaire

Diocese of Baton Rouge

Pierre Celestin Cambiaire Diocese of Baton Rouge Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1898

Removed: 1917

Died: 1955

Assigned as Follows:

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cameron, LA)
  • St. George (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • St. Joseph (Grosse-Tete, LA)
  • St. Leon (Leonville, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Pierre Celestin Cambiaire:

Fr. Pierre Celestin Cambiaire was first named publicly as a priest accused of sexual abuse on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list in November of 2018. The allegation made against him was noted to have been received in 1917. According to media reports, the alleged abuse was said to have occurred in the 1910’s. No further information was released about the gender/age of the victim, or the number of people who have come forward.

Pierre Celestin Cambiaire was removed from ministry in 1917. He later died in 1955.

His name also appears on the Baton Rouge diocese’s list in early 2019, as he worked in the territory in the New Orleans archdiocese that later became part of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This list includes individuals who have been the subject of credible allegations of sexual abuse of one or more minors or vulnerable adults which allegedly occurred within the diocese.

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Abp. Peter Leo Gerety – Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety

Archdiocese of Newark

Peter Leo Gerety Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1939

Retired: 1986

Died: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1939: St. John the Evangelist Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1940: Grace-New Haven Hospital (New Haven, CT)
  • 1942: St. Brendan Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1956: St. Martin de Porres Parish (New Haven, CT)
  • 1969–1974: Bishop of Portland
  • 1974 to 1986: Archbishop of Newark

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety:

Abp. Peter Leo Gerety served for nearly three decades as a parish priest in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Portland, Maine. He was appointed the third Archbishop of Newark in 1974, retired in 1986, and died in 2016 at the age of 104.

According to media reports, a new lawsuit was filed in March 2021 by a now 49-year-old woman against the Archdiocese of Newark, alleging sexual abuse by the late Abp. Gerety. According to media reports, the victim claims that in 1976, he sexually abused her multiple times when she was just five years old. Allegedly, Abp. Gerety befriended her family when they were parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark.

The archbishop would often bring food to the struggling family and volunteered to look after the 5-year-old when her mother was at work. The victim states that Abp. Gerety, the highest-ranking church official in New Jersey at that time, would take her back to his bedroom in the rectory, where he touched her sexually and masturbated in front of her on three or four different occasions. She claims he told her not to say anything to anyone because it will hurt her mother and that it was their little secret. She says that she thought he was sent from God.

Eventually, she began to resist being alone with the priest, and her aunt started watching her instead. The woman said she did not tell anyone about the alleged abuse until she was 13 when she confided in her sister. By the time she was in her 20s, the victim was suicidal and in therapy.

The Review Board offered the victim a $5,000 settlement, but she declined and filed a $50 million lawsuit in March declaring that Abp. Gerety’s abuse caused a lifetime of mental health issues.

Abp. Gerety, who died as the world’s oldest Catholic bishop at 104 in 2016, was named in numerous lawsuits for allegedly covering up or failing to remove priests in the Archdiocese of Newark who sexually abused children during his tenure.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will 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 (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.