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IVCP – New Jersey Catholic Dioceses – What You Need to Know

Beginning June 15, 2019, people who were sexually abused during their childhood by priests and other clergy of one of the Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey may receive an invitation to participate in the Independent Victim Compensation Program (“IVCP”).  If you receive such an invitation, it is important to contact an attorney before making a decision on participating in the IVCP.  While the program is designed to compensate clergy abuse victims, there are other legal options you will want to consider.

The IVCP may be the right compensation program for some clergy abuse victims, but it is not for everyone.  For instance, a civil lawsuit may be better and more valuable option for your claim.  A lawsuit will give you the opportunity to learn the full history of the priests and get documents about what the Diocese knew about the offending priest and when they knew it.  If you decide to settle your claim through the IVCP program, you will be giving up potentially-valuable legal rights to file a lawsuit in New Jersey against the Diocese and others responsible for your sexual abuse.

Horowitz Law is representing numerous victims of sexual abuse by priests in New Jersey and has decades of experience handling these claims. It is important that you contact a sexual abuse attorney well-versed in the inner working of the Catholic Church and who has knowledge of the scope of the clergy abuse scandal. At Horowitz Law, we painstakingly assembled biographies on every priest in the State of New Jersey who has publicly faced an allegation of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Paterson, and Trenton.

Horowitz Law assists client in in assembling evidence, preparing and submitting the claims form in a timely manner, and communicating and meeting with the fund administrators.

The effective date of the IVCP is June 15, 2019.  The program is available to anyone abuse by clergy of one of the New Jersey Dioceses regardless of whether the clergyman was affiliated with a school, parish or other agency of the Diocese. Program administrations report that the claims will be handled in the order in which they are received, starting with claims of sexual abuse that were reported to the Diocese prior to the date of this Protocol.  Victims shall be eligible for compensation regardless of whether they have previously reported these incidents to the Diocese or law enforcement.  Victims will not be eligible for the program if they have previously settled their clergy abuse claim or if the abuse was committed by a religious Order priest or priest of a Dioceses outside New Jersey.  Notably, the entire IVCP process is confidential and claimant will not have their names publicly disclosed by applying for compensation.

The program will be independently administered by neutral fund administrators in two Phases.  Phase I, which begins June 15, 2019, is available to victims who reported their abuse on or before June 15, 2019 to their Diocese.  Phase II is for victims who have not previously reported their abuse.  Phase II victims may register their claims beginning June 15, 2019 and continuing through October 31, 2019.  The deadline to file claims for Phase I and II is December 31, 2019.

New Jersey Sexual Abuse - Horowitz Law

New Jersey Dioceses Sets Compensation Fund Rules for Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims

The Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Trenton and Paterson have set a start date of June 15, 2019 for the Independent Victim Compensation Program (“IVCP”).  The IVCP is intended to compensate victims of sexual abuse by their clergy regardless of how many years ago the abuse occurred.  Claimants must complete a questionnaire with sworn answers and submit documentation (if such materials exists) to be eligible for compensation.

Horowitz Law is a law firm experienced in representing clients seeking financial compensation from the Catholic Church in New Jersey for sexual abuse.  Call Horowitz Law at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free confidential consultation concerning representation.  We only handle cases on a contingency basis and there is no fee if there is no recovery.

The effective date of the IVCP is June 15, 2019.  The program is available to anyone abuse by clergy of one of the New Jersey Dioceses regardless of whether the clergyman was affiliated with a school, parish or other agency of the Diocese. Program administrations report that the claims will be handled in the order in which they are received, starting with claims of sexual abuse that were reported to the Diocese prior to the date of this Protocol.  Victims shall be eligible for compensation regardless of whether they have previously reported these incidents to the Diocese or law enforcement.  Victims will not be eligible for the program if they have previously settled their clergy abuse claim or if the abuse was committed by a religious Order priest or priest of a Dioceses outside New Jersey.  Notably, the entire IVCP process is confidential and claimant will not have their names publicly disclosed by applying for compensation.

The program will be independently administered by neutral fund administrators in two Phases.  Phase I, which begins June 15, 2019, is available to victims who reported their abuse on or before June 15, 2019 to their Diocese.  Phase II is for victims who have not previously reported their abuse.  Phase II victims may register their claims beginning June 15, 2019 and continuing through October 31, 2019.  The deadline to file claims for Phase I and II is December 31, 2019.

 

Fr. Patrick J. Weaver – Diocese of Camden

Father Patrick J. Weaver
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1963
Permanently suspended: 1994
Death: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Victories, Landisville, NJ
  • St. John, Collingswood, NJ
  • Corpus Christi, Carney’s Point, NJ
  • St. John, Paulsboro, NJ
  • St. Mary’s Parish, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • St. Joan of Arc, Camden, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick J. Weaver:

In a 1966 case, a young boy alleged that Father Patrick J. Weaver abused him after he went to Weaver, then serving at St. John in Collingswood, for advice on becoming a priest, the suit says. The boy’s mother quickly complained but says she was threatened with excommunication unless she kept quiet.

As a “spiritual advisor” to then-Bishop Guilfoyle, the Diocese of Camden did nothing to Weaver except promote and transfer him to another parish.

In 1985, another victim alleged that Father Weaver molested him at St. Joan of Arc rectory in Camden, forcing him to urinate as the priest held the boy’s penis. Weaver was never charged with that assault. Despite a state law requiring notification of police, law enforcement was never alerted.

That same year, Weaver quit the Diocese of Camden and was convicted for molesting his own nephew and another boy who attended St. Joan of Arc. For his crimes, Weaver served no time and was, instead, placed on probation.

Weaver’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.”

Weaver died in 2011.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Alfred Vasapolli – Diocese of Camden

Father Alfred Vasapolli
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1973
Removed from ministry: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Christ the King, Haddonfield, NJ
  • St. Aloysius, Oaklyn, NJ
  • Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • St. Peter Celestine, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights, NJ
  • St. Veronica, Delair, NJ
  • Transfiguration, West Collingswood, NJ
  • St. Joseph, South Camden, NJ
  • Our Lady of the Lakes, Collings Lakes, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Alfred Vasapolli:

Father Alfred Vasapolli was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against Vasapolli or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

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.”

The Diocese of Camden notes that Vasapolli was removed from ministry, however, there is no information regarding the date of the removal. He is believed to be residing in the Ewing, New Jersey, area.  He is approximately 72 years old.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. William Titmas – Diocese of Camden

Father William Titmas
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1963
Permanently removed from ministry: 1994
Death: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Thomas, Brigantine, NJ
  • St. Margaret, Woodbury Heights, NJ
  • St. James, Ventnor, NJ
  • St. Joseph, South Camden, NJ
  • St. Stephen, Pennsauken, NJ
  • St. Peter, Merchantville, NJ
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May, NJ
  • Assumption, Pomona, NJ
  • St. Mary, Salem, NJ
  • St. Joseph, Sea Isle, NJ
  • Chaplain, West Jersey Hospital, Camden, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Titmas:

In a 1994 RICO lawsuit again the Diocese of Camden, a victim alleged that Father William Titmas abused and assaulted him for years beginning when the victim was 12 or 13 years old.

The victim claims that Titmas and two other priests, John P. Kelly and John P. Bernard, attacked him in parish rectories at St. Gregory’s in Magnolia, St. Peter’s in Merchantville, and Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May. He said the abuse took place between 1972 and 1977.

The victim shared in the settlement of the lawsuit with other victims.

Titmas’ 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.”

Titmas died in 2004.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Brendan V. Sullivan – Diocese of Camden

Father Brendan V. Sullivan
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1960
Retired: 2004
Permanently removed from ministry: 2010
Death: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960: St. Theresa, Runnemede, NJ
  • 1960-1961: Queen of the Apostles, Pennsville, NJ
  • 1961: St. Maurice, Brooklawn, NJ
  • 1963-1965: St. Joan of Arc, Camden, NJ
  • 1963-1965: Camden Catholic High School, NJ
  • 1965-1976: Blessed Sacrament, Margate, NJ
  • 1964-1978: Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, NJ
  • 1976-1978: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Absecon, NJ
  • 1978-1979: Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale, NJ
  • 1979-1982: Assumption, Atco, NJ
  • 1982-1987: St. Patrick, Woodbury, NJ
  • 1987-2004: St. James, Ventnor, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Brendan V. Sullivan:

In 2010, a man accused Father Brendan V. Sullivan of sexually abusing him in 1981, when he was just 14 years old. Sullivan admitted to a reporter for The Press of Atlantic City that the incident occurred.

Sullivan claims that the abuse only happened once and that he knew the victim several years before it occurred, saying he played an advisory role to the boy.

Sullivan held several leadership roles in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Camden, including one as the Principal of Holy Spirit High School in Absecon from 1973 to 1978.

Sullivan’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.”

Sullivan died in 2011.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Antoine St. Germain – Diocese of Camden

Father Antoine St. Germain
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1976
Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Corpus Christi, Carneys Point, NJ
  • Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale, NJ
  • St. Frances de Sales, Barrington, NJ
  • St. Martin de Porres, Hammonton, NJ
  • St. Joseph High School, Hammonton, NJ
  • Incarnation, Mantua, NJ
  • St. Augustine, Ocean City, NJ
  • St. John, Paulsboro, NJ
  • St. Stephen, Pennsauken, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Antoine St. Germain:

Father Antoine St. Germain was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against St. Germain or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

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.”

According to the Diocese of Camden, St. Germain is dead.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Walter Smith – Diocese of Camden

Father Walter Smith
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1968
Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Casimir, Woodbine, NJ
  • Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May, NJ
  • St. Luke, Stratford, NJ
  • Immaculate Conception, Camden, NJ
  • Immaculate Conception, Bridgeton, NJ
  • St. Mary, Williamstown, NJ
  • Most Holy Redeemer, Westville Grove, NJ
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Hammonton, NJ
  • St. Ann, Wildwood, NJ
  • St. Mary, Gloucester, NJ
  • Sacred Heart, Vineland, NJ
  • St. Michael, Gibbstown,NJ
  • St. Patrick, Woodbury, NJ
  • Chaplain, Cooper University Hospital, Camden
  • Chaplain, Newcomb Hospital, Vineland
  • Chaplain, Underwood Memorial Hospital, Woodbury

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Walter Smith:

Father Walter Smith was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination,  the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against Smith or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

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.”

The Diocese of Camden notes that Smith is deceased, however, the exact date of his death is unknown.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. John E. Smith – Diocese of Camden

Father John E. Smith
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1969
Removed from ministry: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Bernadette, Northfield, NJ
  • St. Lawrence, Lindenwold, NJ
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Berlin, NJ
  • St. Cecilia, Pennsauken, NJ
  • St. Michael, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Incarnation, Mantua, NJ
  • Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, NJ
  • St. Nicholas Grammar School, Atlantic City, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John E. Smith:

Father John E. Smith was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against Smith or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

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.”

The Diocese of Camden notes that Smith was removed from ministry, however, there is no information regarding the date of the removal. His current whereabouts are unknown.  He is 75 years old.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Donal Sheehan – Diocese of Camden

Father Donal Sheehan
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1960
Removed from ministry: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart, Camden, NJ
  • St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights, NJ
  • St. Mary, Williamstown, NJ
  • St. Joseph High School, Hammonton, NJ
  • St. Raymond, Villas, NJ
  • Incarnation, Mantua, NJ
  • Holy Spirit, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Blessed Sacrament, Margate, NJ
  • Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House, NJ
  • St. Joseph, Somers Point, NJ
  • Post Chapel, Fort Jackson, SC
  • Sacred Heart Church, Anniston, AL
  • All Saints Church, Anniston, AL
  • Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House, NJ
  • St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Atlantic City, NJ
  • St. James, Ventnor, NJ
  • Chaplain, Burdette Tomlin Hospital, Cape May, NJ
  • Chaplain, Atlantic City Medical Center, Atlantic City, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donal Sheehan:

Father Donal Sheehan was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination,  the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against Sheehan or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

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.”

The Diocese of Camden notes that Sheehan was removed from ministry, however, there is no information regarding the date of the removal. His current whereabouts were not disclosed by the Diocese of Camden.  He is approximately 83 years old.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.