Father Absalom Coutinho
Archdiocese of Newark/Diocese of Paterson
Removed from ministry: 2002
Assigned as Follows:
- Holy Cross Catholic Church (Palmetto, FL) “on loan”
- Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Wayne, NJ)
- St Jude Parish (Budd Lake, NJ)
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Boonton, NJ)
- Immaculate Heart of Mary (Wayne, NJ)
- St. Nicholas (Jersey City, NJ) – Archdiocese of Newark
Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Absalom Coutinho:
According to media reports, Fr. Absalom Coutinho arrived in the United States from his native India in 1970, and began working in the Archdiocese of Newark.
In 1984, Coutinho began working for the Diocese of Paterson.
In 1998, he was sent to work in a ministry in Palmetto, Florida, indefinitely. However, he remained under the control of the Bishop of Paterson, who ultimately removed him from his Florida assignment in 2002 when Coutinho was twice accused of sexually abusing minors.
One incident of abuse is alleged to have occurred in 1977, when Coutinho worked at a Jersey City parish under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Newark.
The second allegation accused Coutinho of abusing a second minor female while assigned in the Diocese of Paterson.
As a result of the allegations, the Bishop of Paterson suspended Coutinho’s priestly faculties indefinitely.
In April 2018, presented himself as an active priest in an article, “Just a Thought By Fr. Absalom Coutinho” printed in the newsletter of the Diocese of Marquette’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church of Bark River, MI.
Coutinho’s name appears on both the Diocese of Paterson and Archdiocese of Newark’s lists of credibly accused priests, published in February 2019.
Coutinho, now in his seventies, is believed to be residing in Sun City Center, a retirement community near Tampa, Florida.
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