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Diocese of Camden bankruptcy sexual abuse

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.

Syracuse Diocese sex abuse

Crucial Deadline Approaching in Syracuse For Abuse Survivors

April 15, 2021 is the deadline to file for compensation through the Diocese of Syracuse’s bankruptcy proceedings. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse is responsible for the interests of the Catholic Church in the seven counties of Central and South Central New York State: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego.  It is estimated that there are nearly one quarter of a million Catholics in this region.

https://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/news/deadline-approaches-for-proofs-of-claim-in-diocese-of-syracuse-chapter-11-case/

But the April 15 deadline will not be the end of the story. Even after April 15, those hurt by Syracuse clerics are still able to expose their predators and protect other kids.

We have identified a shocking 62 clergy and 1 lay teacher who worked in the Diocese of Syracuse who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing minors. In many cases, the perpetrators were merely transferred from parish to parish after allegations arose, and left a long trail of victims across the Diocese of Syracuse.

The Syracuse diocese itself admits 57 such abusive clergy and lists them on its website, as of two years ago.

https://www.syracuse.com/news/2018/12/syracuse_diocese_releases_list_of_abusive_priests.html

About 20 of them are still alive (which means some could still be assaulting children).

All of this prompted us at Horowitz Law to take a closer look at the list of credibly accused abusive clerics on the Syracuse diocese website.

In a nutshell, it’s incomplete and inadequate in many ways. We’ll point out just three simple but significant shortcomings.

–It apparently includes no religious order clerics. Typically, religious order clerics are about 30% of the priests, brothers and monks in any diocese. So right off the bat, the Syracuse list is lacking.

–It also apparently includes no work assignments for the predator priests. Those assignments ARE provided by many other dioceses. And they’re helpful because when parents see that the Fr. Smith who was in their parish is now ‘credibly accused’ of abuse, those parents are more apt to spread the word, warn others about him, and even ask their own kids and friends “Hey, did Fr. Smith ever do anything creepy or hurtful to you?” – a question that can lead to healing, prevention and sometimes even criminal prosecutions and convictions.

–And it apparently includes no appeal to victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police or prosecutors. This omission only helps those who commit or conceal child sex crimes. It also increases the likelihood that if someone DOES know or suspect wrongdoing, they’ll call church figures, not secular authorities. And when church officials are the first to get abuse reports, they have the chance to begin covering them up.

In fact, Syracuse Bishop Douglas Lucia brags on his website that “significant steps have been taken to reach out to victims, involve the laity, partner with law enforcement” in abuse cases. But if that’s true, why won’t he say – prominently and repeatedly – “If you see, suspect or suffer abuse, please call the law.”

To their credit, Syracuse church officials do break down the accused priests into helpful categories.

Among the still-living current and former Syracuse predator priests: Robert Birchmeyer, John Broderick, Edmund Durr, John Harrold, James Hayes, Donald Hebert, Robert Kloster, C. Vincent Lane Jr., William Lorenz, Edward Madore, George Mattice Jr., Chester Misercola, Robert Ours, Joseph Pace, David Pichette, Albert Proud, James A. Quinn, John Wagner and Jerome Weber.

Among the Syracuse priests who were accused of abuse after they passed away: Thomas Bayley, Robert Bogan, Roger Bowan, John Donovan, Luke Gallagher, Bernard Garstka, Donald Gorman, Ferdinand Hattala, Edgar Holihan, Edward Humphrey, William Lynch, John McCarthy, William Morris, John “Jack” Morse, Thomas Neary Jr., Thomas Powell, Edward George Quaid, Francis Sammons, Martin Tracy and David Walker.

Among the Syracuse priests who asked to be defrocked: Albert Cason, Paul Cloonan, Gerard Guli, Joseph Larrabee, Foster Rogers and Michael Volino.

Among the Syracuse priests whose cases were ‘adjudicated’ within church processes and were given some kinds of consequences for their wrongdoing: Thomas Burr, Thomas Corbett, Robert Hammond, William Lum, Vincent Panepinto, David Simon, Francis Vogt, Robert Winterkorn, Paul Schnacky, Eugene Emo, Dennis Sewar and Dennis Shaw.

Finally, among the Syracuse priests who were accused of abuse but church officials claim they haven’t or can’t resolve the accusations: David Gramkee, Robert O’Neill, John Steger and Conrad Sundholm.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Rochester/2018_10_Rochester_Dispositions_2002_to_Present.pdf

Other Catholic dioceses and archdioceses across the country have also filed for bankruptcy,  including Buffalo and Rockville Centre (August 14, 2021 deadlines).

(Similar bankruptcy deadlines are approaching in other nearby dioceses including Camden NJ diocese on June 30).

So if you want to see wrongdoers exposed, crimes prevented, kids safeguarded and victims healed, please spread the word about these deadlines. And if you’re inclined to prod Catholic officials to reform, feel free to begin by pushing Syracuse church hierarchy to be more honest and inclusive with their ‘credibly accused’ predator priest list.

(NOTE – Bishop Lucia is originally from the Ogdensburg diocese where he held several important positions. In 2019, he replaced retiring Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham.)

You Can Help A Sexual Abuse Victim Get REAL Help!

Want to Help a Sexual Abuse Victim in One Simple Way?

It could happen, if you just forward this blog to people you know who are in or grew up in New York & New Jersey.

Relatives, friends, therapists, former classmates. . .literally anyone

The dates below are deadlines by which child sex abuse survivors must speak up if they hope to get compensation from Catholic officials.

Anyone who was abused by any Catholic employee at any time should be aware of these dates:

Diocese of Syracuse – April 15

Diocese Camden – June 30

Diocese of Buffalo – August 14

Diocese of Rockville Centre (Long Island)  – August 14

These four Catholic dioceses have sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. So a judge has enabled them to set hard and fast deadlines by which those who were hurt must step forward seeking justice and/or money.

Priests, brothers, nuns, seminarians, monks, bishops, parochial school workers, it likely doesn’t matter exactly who the offender was. What DOES matter is the victim stepping forward before these dates.

And remember, child molesting Catholic clerics don’t always victimize kids in their own church. Maybe it’s a Protestant girl who just happened to live next door to the rectory. Or an agnostic boy who was hired to mow the parish lawn or shovel the parish sidewalk.

So don’t just send this blog to current and former Catholics in those two states. Please send it to EVERYONE you know who are or were in New York and New Jersey.

The process involves, of course, filing some paperwork. It doesn’t require an attorney. But we strongly advise any victim who’s even considering moving ahead at least have a phone call with an independent lawyer, preferably one who’s experienced in dealing with sexual abuse and cover-up cases involving the Catholic Church.

We at Horowitz Law aren’t thrilled by the bankruptcy process.

We aren’t convinced that this is the best way to deal with the hundreds of men and women who were traumatized during childhood.

But it’s happening regardless. And many survivors find it healing to get at least some compensation for their pain and some formal acknowledgement of their suffering.

Our goal at Horowitz Law is to make sure that anyone who needs funds – for therapy, drug treatment or any reason, to compensate for years of difficulty – doesn’t miss this opportunity.

“But I don’t know anyone who was molested by a Catholic cleric,” you may be thinking.

And that makes sense, since most people who were sexually assaulted as kids carry the secret to the grave.

The truth is, however, that you may never know if you know such victims. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spread the word about these opportunities.

And victims can remain publicly anonymous throughout the bankruptcy and beyond. Their names won’t be publicly revealed.

If you want to target your outreach to potential victims, we urge you to think about friends, family and acquaintances who have maybe been addicted, depressed, isolated, imprisoned, divorced, under-employed or shown some other sign of having lived a rocky life. Because no matter how hard a victim tries to ignore or overcome their childhood trauma, it usually manifests itself at some point, often with destructive or self-destructive behavior.

By reaching out to others, by sharing this post, you might just be giving a quietly struggling person a lifeline towards a more healthy and less desperate financial life.

Diocese of Camden Horowitz Law

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.

Fr Norman T. Connelly – Diocese of Venice

Father Norman T. Connelly
Diocese of Venice/Camden

Norman T. Connelly Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1965
Suspended from ministry: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1965: Our Lady Star of the Sea (Cape May, NJ)
  • 1965: St. Rose (Haddon Heights, NJ)
  • 1965: Cathedral Academy (Camden, NJ)
  • 1966-1967: Immaculate Conception (Camden, NJ)
  • 1968-1972: St. Peter (Merchantville, NJ)
  • 1973-1974: St. Patrick (Woodbury, NJ)
  • 1975-1981: St. James High School (Carneys Point, NJ)
  • 1981-1982: St. Michael (Gibbstown, NJ)
  • 1982-1987: St. John (Paulsboro, NJ)
  • 1988-1992: St. Joseph (Woodstown, NJ)
  • 1993: Epiphany (Venice, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Norman T. Connelly:

Father Norman Connelly served in parishes in New Jersey and Florida. According to media reports in 2002, two brothers suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of several priests, including Father Norman Connelly. The victims initially filed a lawsuit and lost a bid to sue the Diocese of Camden when a judge ruled that the statute of limitations had expired in their cases.

The brothers alleged that they had been molested as teenagers and claimed that the church had long known of and tolerated such conduct by priests, including Connelly. One victim said that when he was a teenager, Connelly took him and other altar boys to a Philadelphia bathhouse, where they played volleyball and basketball in the nude. He and his brother say Connelly also showed them pornography.

Lawyers for the diocese argued that the brothers understood all along that the sexual assaults had harmed them in some way and that they should have filed suit sooner.

While the lawsuit was dismissed, the victims shared in an $880,000 settlement from the Diocese of Camden in 2002.

Connelly’s name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Diocese of Camden.  According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

Connelly is permanently removed from ministry and is believed to be residing in Naples, Florida.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Marjan Bober – Diocese of Orlando

Father Marjan Bober
Diocese of Orlando/Camden

Marjan Bober Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963
Retired: 2004
Death: 2017

Assignment History:

  • 1963-64: Saint Agnes (Blackwood, NJ)
  • 1964-66, 1968-70: Saint Joseph (Camden, NJ)
  • 1966-68: Saint John (Collingswood, NJ)
  • 1970-1974: Saint Cecilia (Pennsauken, NJ)
  • 1974-77: Assumption (Atco, NJ)
  • 1978-82: Saints Peter and Paul (Turnersville, NJ)
  • 1982-84: Saint Gregory (Magnolia, NJ)
  • 1986-1989: St. John the Baptist (Camden, NJ)
  • 1990- 2003: Our Lady of the Lakes (Collings Lakes, NJ)
  • 2004-2017: St. Luke’s, St. Sebastian, St. Josephs, and Immaculate Conception (Palm Bay, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Marjan Bober:

Father Marjan Bober was included in a 1994 lawsuit against the Diocese of Camden and other Dioceses in New Jersey. He was accused of allegedly abusing one child with Fr. Patrick Weaver at Saint John’s in Collingswood in 1967-1968.

The Diocese of Camden has not released any additional information more relating to the accusation, including whether there are any more known allegations against him. Bober was allowed to retire to Palm Bay, Florida, in 2004, where he continued to assist at various parishes in the Orlando Dioceses, including St. Luke’s, St. Sebastian, St. Josephs, and Immaculate Conception. Fr. Bober died in 2017 in Florida.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orlando in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

 

Fr. Augustine J. Seidenberg – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Augustine J. Seidenberg

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Diocese of Camden

Augustine J. Seidenberg Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1948

Removed: 1994

Died: 2007

Assignment History:

  • 1948-1953: Sacred Heart (Camden, NJ)
  • 1954-1957: U.S. Navy
  • F.P.O., San Francisco CA
  • 1958-1959: St. Ann (Wildwood, NJ)
  • 1960: St. Joseph (East Camden, NJ)
  • 1961-1962: St. James (Penns Grove, NJ) and St. James High School (Carneys Point, NJ)
  • 1963-1965 St. Peter’s (Pleasantville, NJ) and Holy Spirit High School (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • 1966-1969 St. Gregory (Magnolia, NJ)
  • 1970 Our Lady Star of the Sea (Cape May, NJ)
  • 1973-1983 St. Thomas (Brigantine, NJ)
  • 1984-1986 St. James (Ventnor, NJ)
  • 1987-1996 St. Augustine (Ocean City, NJ)
  • 1997-2006: Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Augustine J. Seidenberg:

In 1994, five women filed suit against Fr. Augustine J. Seidenberg (Seidenburg), alleging sexual abuse as minors. According to the victims’ reports, Fr. Seidenberg would force them to sit on his lap while he masturbated and fondled their genitals during confessions when serving in the Diocese of Camden: St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Brigantine and Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Cape May.

Fr. Seidenberg was permanently suspended from ministry in 1994, and the case was settled. Seidenberg’s name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by Camden’s Diocese. According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable. Fr. Seidenberg died in 2007.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Camden Diocese sex abuse

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

Fr. William C. Pierce

Diocese of Camden

 

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 occured after he began his religious studies in the mid 1980’s, and went on for about 8-9 years. He alleged that Father William C. Pierce and Father Anthony J. Manuppella discussed homosexual lifestlyes and urged him to visit gay bars with them. The suit also claims that Father 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 tution, 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, Father 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.

 

anthony manuppella diocese of camden

Priest Is Flying Around the Diocese; Previously Accused of Sex Advance on Seminarian

A New Jersey pastor, Anthony Manuppella is in the news today, comparing himself to popes and praying in Latin while flying a plane around his diocese for two hours with a parishioner, a priest on his staff. https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/priest-flies-blessed-sacrament-over-camden-diocese-as-covid-/article_7c1e054f-b3d7-55e0-9404-98d41d8e1e90.html#12

Fr. Anthony Manuppella told a reporter that he wants to do his part. . .to contain the Covid-19 spread and minimize its impact (while squeezing into a small airplane with at least two other men, none of them six feet away from each other).

But in a lawsuit, Fr. Manuppella – along with another priest – was accused by a young seminarian of making unwelcome advances, discussing homosexuality, asking him to join them at gay bars and talking often about “sexual acts prohibited by the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2000_06_03_Quinn_InMidst_Anthony_Manuppella_2.htm

Fr. Manuppella heads St. Gianna Beretta Molla parish in Northfield, part of the Camden diocese. He denies wrongdoing.  After the suit was filed, church officials moved Fr. Manuppella to church nearly three times larger. But church public relations staffer Andrew Walton denied that it was because of the litigation.
The Camden diocese filed four motions to dismiss the case, which was brought by Christopher McKelvey of Atlantic City who was studying at St.Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.
McKelvey charged Fr. Manuppella and the Fr. William C. Pierce, another Camden priest, of the inappropriate actions.

“The complaint also accused two diocesan supervisors, including Fr.William P. Brennan and Fr. John T. Frey, of failing to investigate the allegations after they were reported” and acting “an abusive and hostile manner. . .creating a hostile working and educational environment,” according to the suit and news accounts.
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1999_03_24_Sokolic_Diocese4_Anthony_Manuppella_1.htm
Eventually, the lawsuit was dismissed when New Jersey’s highest court held that the matter violated the First Amendment’s Free Exercise of Religion Clause.

Raised in Brooklyn and ordained in 1976, Fr. Manuppella worked at St. Mary Magdelen in Millville and St. Peter in Merchantville (both in the Camden diocese).
https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/fr-anthony-manuppella-diocese-of-camden
According to BishopAccountability.org, the scandal-ridden Camden diocese has 66 publicly accused abusive clerics. It’s headed by Bishop Dennis Sullivan. He was once on the US Bishops Conference’s Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. Yet he keeps an accused abuser on the job in a parish, an accuser who escaped more litigation only because of smart church lawyers convinced judges that civil society shouldn’t ‘interfere’ with behavior by church officials.
For years, the diocese was headed by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who was recently accused of abuse himself.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/catholic-sex-abuse-nicholas-dimarzio-buffalo-camden-20191114.html
It faced the nation’s first RICO lawsuit by a priest against his supervisors, brought by Fr. Gary Hayes in 1993. Hayes went on to become a strong victims’ advocate.
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1993_06_10_Walsh_ThreeCharge_Joseph_McGarvey_3.htm
https://law.justia.com/cases/new-jersey/appellate-division-published/2001/a6660-99-opn.html
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1999_11_08_Leiser_JudgeTo_Anthony_Manuppella.htm