Fr. Julian Varettoni – Diocese of Paterson

Father Julian Varettoni

Diocese of Paterson

Fr. Julian Varettoni Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1955

Elevated to Monsignor: 1984

Accused: 2004

Retired voluntarily: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Anthony Parish (Hawthorne, NJ)
  • St. Mary Parish (Dover, NJ)  
  • St. George Parish (Paterson, NJ)
  • Morris Catholic High School (Denville, NJ)  
  • DePaul Catholic High School (Wayne, NJ)  
  • St. Joseph Hospital (Paterson, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Clifton, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Julian Varettoni:

According to media reports, in 2004, an adult male alleged that Father Julian Varettoni had molested him as a young boy in the 1960’s. The Diocese of Paterson review board found there was insufficient information to determine whether the allegation was “credible” within the internal diocesan policies, so Varettoni was never removed from ministry. The board, however, found the victim’s testimony credible, which is a disconnect from its ultimate finding: the board members believed the victim’s allegation, but concluded that the abuse did not occur as alleged.

In February 2005, the Diocese of Paterson settled with the victim and others for $5 million. According to Varettoni’s canon lawyer, the Holy See later cleared him of the allegations as well. 

Varettoni continued as pastor of Sacred Heart in Clifton until he retired in 2007.

Varettoni’s name was not included on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.

He is now 89, and believed to be residing in Hackettstown, NJ as a retired priest in good standing.

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