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Msgr. Charles Beausang – Diocese of Camden

Monsignor Charles Beausang

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1946

Died: 2000

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946:           Ordained in the Diocese of Camden
  • 1947-1951: Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Atlantic City, NJ
  • 1952:           St. Peter’s Church, Merchantville, NJ
  • 1953-1955: Christ the King Church, Haddonfield, NJ
  • 1953-1958: “Diocesan Newspaper”
  • 1956-1966: St. Vincent de Paul Church, Mays Landing, NJ
  • 1967-1985: St. Bernadette Church, Northfield, NJ
  • 1986-1992: Maris Stella Church, Avalon, NJ
  • 1993-1994: “Retired” – living in Port Charlotte, FL
  • 1995:            St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Murdock, FL (Diocese of Venice, FL)
  • 1996-2000: “Retired” – living in Port Charlotte, FL

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Charles Beausang:

Monsignor Charles Beausang was ordained a priest in 1946 and served in the Diocese of Camden. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to a list maintained by Bishop Accountability.org, in 2021, he was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a 9-year-old boy in approximately 1950.  At the time of the alleged abuse, Monsignor Beausang was assigned to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It occurred inside Our Lady Star of the Sea School, where the boy was a student. Monsignor Beausang told the boy to expose the boy’s penis to him to masturbate in front of the boy. When the Monsignor began to unfasten the boy’s belt buckle, the boy ran away.

The case was settled in 2020.

Monsignor Beausang died in August 2000.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

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Is the Camden Diocese Worse Than Others When it Comes to Clergy Sex Crimes?

Is it just our impression or does the Camden Catholic diocese have a greater problem with clergy sex crimes and cover ups than most dioceses?

That’s of course hard to determine and fundamentally unfair.

The phrase “more than most” is vague, especially given that there are about 180 Catholic dioceses across the United States.

A better metric to consider is this: How does the rate of clergy sex abuse in the Diocese of Camden compare to dioceses of about the same size?

And using this scale, indeed, our hunch that there are more child molesting clerics in Camden than other places seems to be right.

According to BishopAccountability.org and Catholic-Hierarchy.org, the Camden diocese has a Catholic population of 458,000.

So Camden is just a little BIGGER than the San Francisco archdiocese (425,000 Catholics), the Paterson NJ diocese (420,000 Catholics), the Rockford IL diocese (420,000 Catholics) and

Camden has 68 publicly accused predators.

But San Francisco has only 37 publicly accused predators.

Paterson has only 41 publicly accused predators.

Camden’s a little SMALLER than the Las Vegas diocese (544,519 Catholics), the Oakland diocese (520,301 Catholics, the Sacramento diocese (520,301), and the Cincinnati archdiocese (512,146).

But Las Vegas has only eight alleged predators.

Oakland has 44 alleged predators.

Sacramento has only 49 alleged predators.

Cincinnati has only 50 alleged predators.

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/country/scus1.html

So based solely on the statistics, Catholics and citizens in the Camden area have, sadly, experienced more clergy sex crimes than in dioceses of roughly the same size.

What makes this especially sad, however, is that it shouldn’t be like this.

Way back in 1993, Camden Catholic officials got one of the earliest and most dramatic ‘wake up’ calls about this crisis.

That year, a man named Gary Hayes filed a groundbreaking lawsuit charging that he was sexually violated as a child by two clerics: Fr. Joseph F. McGarvey of Camden and Fr. William C. O’Connell of Rhode Island.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2019_04_04_Rev_Gary_Hayes_RIP.htm

The case groundbreaking in two ways.

First, Hayes was from the Camden diocese and was abused in the Camden diocese. When he sued, he was also a Catholic priest.

Hayes thus became the first US Catholic cleric to essentially sue his boss for ignoring and concealing abuse.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1993_06_10_Walsh_ThreeCharge_Joseph_McGarvey_3.htm

Second, Hayes’ lawsuit was the first in the US to cite RICO statutes. This is a law designed to help pursue justice against organized crime figures.

In a moving news conference, Hayes opened his remarks with this chilling phrase: “Today, I’m seeking justice in the courts because I can find no justice in my church.”

As one would expect, the case attracted considerable nation-wide coverage. And it should have given Camden’s church hierarchy ample opportunity and incentive to really work hard to stop child sex crimes and cover ups.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/2019/04/in-memory-of-a-giant-david-clohessys-eulogy-for-gary-hayes/

But we at Horowitz Law see no evidence that this was done. And the numbers seem to bear out our view.

So what can be done about this?

Well, for starters, we’re urging anyone in Camden who saw, suspected or suffered abuse to come forward and get help. This is especially important since there’s a June 30, 2021 deadline to seek help under the diocese’s bankruptcy plan.

After that deadline, it’s still possible for victims to win justice and expose predators. But it’s considerably tougher.

And if you know of others who grew up Catholic in the Camden area, ask them if they were sexually violated in any way by any Camden church employee. Then please spread the word about this deadline and ask them to do likewise.

We want every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Camden to at least consider taking advantage of this opportunity.

(McGarvey worked in these New Jersey towns: Camden, East Camden, Pennsauken, Gloucester, Woodstown, Elmer and Millville. In 1994, he pled guilty to sexual assault and making child porn. One lawsuit involving McGarvey was settled for $384,000 and another in the high five figures.)

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Camden/2019_02_21_Download_of_Camden_Credibly_Accused.pdf#page=25

(O’Connell worked in these Rhode Island towns: Wakefield, Matanuck, Riverside, Warwick, Providence, Central Falls, North Tiverton, Bristol and Hog Island. He was also a Navy chaplain.

In 1986, O’Connell pleaded no contest to sex assaults on about a dozen boys and was sentenced to five years in prison.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/O’Connell_William_C.htm

Contact us today Regarding Your Claim Against the Camden Diocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but a strict filing deadline of June 30 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

 

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Analyzing Diocese of Camden’s List of Priests Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

A startling fact jumps out when you review the list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Camden New Jersey: Many of them are still alive.

So one or more of them could have raped a girl yesterday, groped a boy last night or is grooming an unsuspecting family full of kids right now.

The only silver lining here is that since they’re alive, they might still be prosecuted, convicted, jailed and kept away from kids.

This is one reason why you should come forward now if you saw, suspected or suffered ANY wrongdoing by ANY current or former Camden area clerics.

There are actually LOTS of reasons to come forward now. But here’s one you may not be aware of: victims of Camden clergy face an impending deadline.

On June 30, 2021 the Camden diocesan bankruptcy window closes. If you come forward before then, you may receive compensation for your pain AND you will likely be able to get your perpetrator publicly named, which helps to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

If you come forward AFTER that date, your legal options will be far more limited if not eliminated.

And here are two facts about filing an abuse claim that many don’t understand.

First, you can file a claim without your identity being made public.

Second, even after stepping forward, you can withdraw your claim without penalty or explanation any time you want.

Now, back to the Camden accused list. Two other parts of it are noteworthy.

–It shows the same sad patterns of dangerous men being shuffled by church officials to other countries (Vietnam), far-away states (Alaska and California), islands (Puerto Rico), and to chaplaincies at prisons and hospitals.

Consider Fr. Charles J. Davis, who has been sent all across the US, to FL, AL, AK, MD, PA, CA, NY and GA.

–Apparently, if we are to believe Camden church officials, over the past two years, not a single credible child sex abuse report was made against a single Camden New Jersey priest, nun, seminarian, brother, monk or bishop.

We know this because, as best we can tell, there’s been no update to the list since February 2019.

(Here’s a little-known fact about the Camden diocese. It was the first in the United State to face a RICO case and the first in the US in which a priest, Fr. Gary Hayes, sued his own bishop over abuse that Fr. Hayes suffered at the hands of two Camden clerics. https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1993_06_10_Walsh_ThreeCharge_Joseph_McGarvey_3.htm

Horowitz Law represents victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you experienced sexual abuse in the Diocese of Camden by a priest or other employee, contact our office today. The Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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Sex Abuse Claims Filing Deadline Set in Camden Diocese Bankruptcy

On Friday, February 12, 2021, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court set the deadline for filing all sexual abuse claims against the Diocese of Camden for June 30, 2021. The Diocese filed for Chapter 11 protection earlier this year to resolve all pending sex abuse claims against the Diocese with the bankruptcy court’s assistance. It cited revenue losses because of the millions it paid out to clergy abuse victims and the pandemic. They tried to get the deadline moved up to February but was denied. Camden’s Diocese has nearly 500,000 members across 62 parishes in southern New Jersey’s Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties.

Contrary to what you might think, a bankruptcy filing does not mean the Diocese is broke: it means the Diocese is asking for the Bankruptcy Court for help resolving the rest of the sexual abuse claims against it. Its assets will be allocated among all of its creditors, including an unknown number of sexual abuse claimants, known and unknown.

It is also a means by which a Catholic Diocese can continue to protect itself and its secrets. For that reason, it is often criticized by survivor advocates and attorneys. The Diocese of Camden will not likely have to publicize any priest personnel files as part of this process, for example.

The June 30 filing deadline is also referred to as a “bar date” in bankruptcy law. It is a strict, non-negotiable deadline by which all existing claims must be filed against the Diocese of Camden, or claimants will be forever barred from seeking relief in the future.

For survivors of sexual abuse by anyone employed by the Diocese of Camden such as a priest, teacher, sacristan, or lay volunteer, this likely means that even if New Jersey lawmakers extend the statute of limitations and otherwise allow you to file a lawsuit, your claim will barred by the bankruptcy bar date. That makes it critically important for anyone who a Camden Diocese employee victimized to contact competent counsel as soon as possible to discuss your options: the fact is that you probably won’t have any options after June 30, 2021.

While the exact class of persons who can file a claim in the bankruptcy is not yet defined, it is expected that those sexually assaulted by Diocese employees as an adult, as well as the estates of deceased victims, will be able to file claims.

The June 30th deadline is a strict filing deadline set by the Court and will not likely be extended by the Court for any reason.  Therefore, you should contact us immediately for a free and confidential consultation about your legal options as a survivor of abuse in the Camden Diocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Camden and throughout New Jersey.  The Diocese of Camden filed for federal bankruptcy protection in October 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Camden may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Camden will never be able to take against against the Diocese of Camden if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.

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Camden Diocese Becomes First New Jersey Catholic Diocese to File for Chapter 11 Protection

On Thursday, October 1, the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey quietly filed a federal petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy seeking reorganization of their assets, the same day its counterpart in Rockville Centre (New York) did.  The move comes after the Diocese was hit with multiple sexual abuse lawsuits that the Diocese says it cannot afford to pay, even with insurance coverage.

The filing was announced in a letter written by Bishop Dennis Sullivan and released to the media on Thursday night.  According to the Bishop, the cost of the sexual abuse suits, combined with a loss of revenues due to COVID-19, makes it impossible to continue their business as usual.  In July, the Diocese it announced it was suspending its participation in a voluntary settlement fund established by the New Jersey Catholic Dioceses to resolve claims without the time and expense of litigation.

Last year, New Jersey lawmakers opened a 2 year “window” for survivors of sexual abuse to file lawsuits against the entities responsible, including the Diocese of Camden.

It is a common misconception that a Chapter 11 filing means an entity, like the Diocese of Camden, has run out of money, leaving sexual abuse claimants without any recourse.  But that is not true.  The claim is simply decided in an alternative process run by the federal bankruptcy court, rather than by a jury trial in a state court.  The amounts paid to survivors in a bankruptcy filing are often much less than in a traditional court case, however.

The Camden Diocese bankruptcy filing is not without its critics, and rightfully so.  Horowitz Law represents survivors of sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Camden.  Attorney Adam Horowitz said, “Bankruptcy is the latest ploy by the Catholic Church to reduce its legal exposure for covering up clergy sexual abuse nationwide.  In a bankruptcy proceeding the Church can also conceal evidence of its neglect in the handling of sexually abusive priests.”

Another advantage to the Diocese is the right to be free of additional sexual abuse litigation indefinitely once the case closes.  Once a claims filing deadline has been set by the court, that will be the very last chance most survivors of clergy sexual abuse and exploitation will ever have to get some measure of accountability for what happened to them.  After that date passes, the Diocese will not be subject to liability for any additional claims that arose before the bankruptcy filing, even if other laws would otherwise a lawsuit to be filed, like a change in the statute of limitations.  So it is critically important that you not delay in contacting us today if you think you have a claim.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of children who were sexually abused by clergy of all religious denominations, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy claims.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member or employee of the Diocese of Camden, 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. William C. Pierce – Diocese of Camden

Father William C. Pierce

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1971

Retired: 2010

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1971-1974: St. Ann Parish (Wildwood, NJ)
  • 1995-1998: St. Matthew (National Park, NJ)
  • 1998-2000: St. Joan of Arc (Camden, NJ)
  • 2000-2010: St. John Bosco Parish (Millville, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William C Pierce:

In March of 1999, an Atlantic City man filed a four-count complaint against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden and four priests, charging unwanted homosexual advances during his days as a seminary student. According to the victim, he claimed that the incidents all occurred after he began his religious studies in the mid-1980s, and went on for about 8-9 years. He alleged that Father William C Pierce and Father Anthony J. Manuppella discussed homosexual lifestyles and urged him to visit gay bars with them. The suit also claims that Pierce talked frequently about “sexual acts prohibited by the teachings and customs of the Roman Catholic Church.” 

The lawsuit states that Father William P. Brennan and Father John T. Frey, both supervisors, did not stop the improper activity that was brought to their attention by the accuser. Brennan was also accused of acting in “an abusive and hostile manner and created a hostile working and educational environment.” 

In November of 1993, the Diocese granted the victim’s request for a voluntary leave of absence. When he did not return, the Diocese terminated his candidacy for the priesthood in August of 1995. Following the termination, the victim received a letter from Father John T. Frey, the Director of Vocations. The letter was informing him that he owed the Diocese a total of $69,002.57 for his tuition, books, loans, and even counseling. Eventually, the lawsuit was dismissed when New Jersey’s highest court decided the matter violated the Fire Amendment’s Free Exercise of Religion Clause. 

According to news reports, William C. Pierce retired from the priesthood in October of 2010. He was last known living in New Jersey, but his status as a priest and where he went after his retirement is unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Brother Walter Hicks – Diocese of Camden

Brother Walter Hicks (Brothers of Charity)

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: Unknown

Left Order: Unknown

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Peter’s Church (Pleasantville, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Walter Hicks:

Brother Walter Hicks was a member of the Brothers of Charity religious order. According to media reports, in December 2019, a man filed a lawsuit under New Jersey’s new Victim’s Rights Bill against the Diocese of Camden and the Brothers of Charity alleging that he was sexually abused as a minor by Brother Walter Hicks. The alleged abuse occurred when the man was about 7 to 9 years old from approximately 1978 to 1980 at St. Peter’s Church in Pleasantville, New Jersey.  

The man told reporters, “When I would tell my family that I didn’t want to go to school and I was afraid of my abuser — I didn’t know the words to say, ‘I am being sexually violated by an adult.’ … Those words, a child doesn’t know.”

Regarding his decision to come forward, he said “I’ve tried for years to bring accountability, bring attention to this crime and neglect and cover-up and I can’t do it alone. I can’t do it without attorneys helping me,” he continued. “I’ve tried. I’ve asked the brothers to help. I’ve asked the diocese to help. I’ve asked their coordinators to help. And I’m still here waiting for them to be accountable.”

Brother Hicks’ name has never appeared on any diocesan list of credibly accused clergy because he was not a cleric, but a member of a religious order. He is believed to have left the Brothers of Charity and became a therapist counseling victims of sexual abuse. He is deceased.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Eugene O’Sullivan – Diocese of Camden

Father Eugene O’Sullivan

Diocese of Camden

Eugene O’Sullivan Horowitz LawOrdained: 1960

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962: St. John Vianney (Revere, MA)
  • 1962-1963: Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted (Walham, MA)
  • 1963-1965: St. Ann’s (Marshfield, MA)   
  • 1965-1970: Our Lady of the Assumption (Boston, MA)
  • 1970-1984: St. Agnes (Arlington, MA) 
  • 1984-1985: Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1985-1987: St. Joseph’s (North Plainfield, NJ) 
  • 1990-1991: Mary Mother of God (Hillsborough Township, NJ) 
  • 1991-1992: St. Bartholomew (East Brunswick, NJ) 
  • 1993-1997: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene O’Sullivan:

According to media reports, Father Eugene O’Sullivan pleaded guilty in 1984 to raping a 13-year-old altar boy for two years at St. Agnes in Arlington, Massachusetts. He was convicted and sentenced to five years probation on the condition that he have no contact with young people. Less than a year later, Cardinal Law sent him to the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey instead, where he worked in four more parishes over the next seven years. He was involved in parish religious education and a youth group. Pastors of three of the four parishes, who were directly responsible for his supervision, said that they were never told O’Sullivan had a history of sexual abuse or that he was on probation. 

In July 1992, he was recalled to Boston during a review by the Archdiocese of Boston of past sexual abuse cases. He was banned from all priestly activities. In 1993, O’Sullivan’s nephew revealed that he sexually abused him for nine years, when he was nine years old, in approximately 1971. He also abused his brother for years before that, when the boy was six years old. 

O’Sullivan’s nephew  said, “I want to help people understand how important it is to resolve these issues, and how important it is for parents to listen to their children when these issues come up, and to see how truly life-threatening denial and avoidance can be.”

O’Sullivan was sent to Canada for treatment. He retired in 1997 and made a senior priest. In June 2002, internal church records made public revealed that church authorities knew O’Sullivan was molesting altar boys as early as 1964. A memo in his personnel file acknowledges multiple accusations made against him. A letter dated in 1964, revealed a complaint from the parents of a 12-year-old altar boy that O’Sullivan had molested him and other boys at St. Ann’s in Marshfield. They also wrote that “Father Finn, the pastor at St. Ann’s refused to do anything”. He had told the boy’s parents that he would notify the archdiocese of their concerns, but they found out he had not followed through. O’Sullivan was transferred to Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham. According to a 1984 letter in his personnel file, within months there were “reports of incidents with a couple of altar boys.” The files suggest he sexually abused even more boys there before being transferred to St. Agnes in Arlington.

In 2005, Father O’Sullivan was laicized. His current whereabouts are unknown. His last known address was in Arlington, MA.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. John H. Duggan – Diocese of Camden

Father John H. Duggan

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1957

Removed: 2002

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1958: Western College (Boston, MA)
  • 1958-1959: Our Lady of Martyrs (Aurlesville, NY) 
  • 1959-1970: Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1971-1972: Loyola Blakefield High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1972-1978: St. Agnes Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1979-1980: Old St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1980-1981: Faber House (Chicago, IL)
  • 1981-1983: (Jos, Nigeria) 
  • 1983-1984: Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (Camden, NJ) 
  • 1984-1989: Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA)
  • 1989-1993: St. Paul’s (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1994-1995: Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Maryland Provincial Curia (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1995-2004: University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John H Duggan:

Father John H Duggan was ordained a Jesuit priest of the Maryland Province. He worked in high schools and parishes in the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nigeria, and the Diocese of Camden, before returning to Scranton where he first started his career. According to media reports, in 1993, he was sent for a psychological evaluation and admitted to sexually abusing young children in his early priesthood. He denied any of the abuse that occurred within the Diocese. Upon release, he was reinstated to supervised ministry and required to meet regularly with his aftercare counseling team. 

In December 1996, a man reported that he was sexually abused by Father Duggan in the 1970s when he was a teenager getting spiritual counseling at the Jesuit house in Scranton. In 1999, the same man reported Father Duggan was participating in unsupervised ministry. The Diocesan Review Board recommended that the only ministries open to him were the celebration of mass and the administration of sacraments in correctional facilities, nursing homes, and convents. 

In May 2002, the man contacted the Diocese again and requested assurances that Father Duggan was no danger to children. He was removed from ministry. The victim reported his sexual abuse to the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office but no charges were brought because the statute of limitations had expired. The paperwork of the report indicated the Jesuit Community provided free tuition to the victim’s children and transferred Father Duggan from the Jesuit Community in Scranton. 

In 2002, a man reported to the Archdiocese of Baltimore that his son was sexually abused by Father Duggan in the late 1960s to early 1970s. He worked at Loyola Blakefield High School during those years. At the time of the report, Father Duggan was working at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

In September 2002, Father Duggan’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In August 2018, his name appeared on the Diocese of Scranton’s list. That same month his name was included in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report as John H. Duggan. He died in January 2004. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Michael L Barber – Diocese of Camden

Father Michael L Barber

Diocese of Camden/Jesuit

Michael L. Barber Horowitz LawOrdained: 1975

Removed: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1971: Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1975-1976: St. Ignatius Church (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1976-1978: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1978-1979: Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1979-1983: St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) 
  • 1984-1987: Unknown
  • 1988-2001: St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2002-2009: (Wernersville, PA)
  • 2010: (Baltimore, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael L Barber:

Father Michael L Barber was ordained as a Jesuit priest. According to a December 2018 disclosure by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, in 1994, Barber admitted to sexually abusing a minor in Strathmere, NJ while he was assigned in the Diocese of Camden by “pleading guilty to a charge of “harassment by offensive touching.” He was removed from ministry and relocated to the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore.

In December of 2018, Barber’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesuits list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.

In February of 2019, his name also appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

According to the Jesuits, he is living in a restricted environment on a safety plan where his travel and use of technology are monitored.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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