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Fr. John Merklinger – Diocese of Rochester

Father John Merklinger

Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1937
Died: 1970

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Alphonsus Church (Auburn, NY)
  • St Francis of Assisi (Auburn, NY)
  • Our Lady of the Valley St. Ann’s (Hornell, NY)
  • Strong Memorial and Municipal Hospital (Auburn, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Merklinger:

Fr. John Merklinger was ordained a priest in 1937, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Rochester. According to media reports, in April 2021, he was named in a lawsuit filed under the New York Child Victims Act in New York State Supreme Court alleging that he repeatedly sexually abused a child. The alleged victim claimed the priest sexually abused him over a two-year period that started when he was 8-years old in 1967. The victim claimed the abuse was witnessed by another priest but no action was taken.

According to the suit, Fr. Merklinger began abusing the boy in 1967, when he was a student at St. Alphonsus. The abuse continued for about two years, on the grounds of St. Alphonsus and included groping the child, fondling his penis and forcing him to masturbate the priest. Fr. Merklinger used a rope to bind the child, and would blindfold him during some acts of sexual abuse, while wearing his priest garb and serving in his pastoral and ministerial role

Fr. John Merklinger was among 176 names of New York state Catholic clergy members listed in a media release in July 2021 as being newly accused of sexual abuse under the Child Victims Act. He retired in June 1969, and died in 1970.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Bishop Matano Rochester's Accused priest list

Diocese of Rochester’s Accused Priest List — More of the Same

On this blog recently, we’ve noted how bishops in several New York and New Jersey dioceses are refusing to truly ‘come clean’ about their child molesting priests, nuns, brothers, bishops, seminarians and deacons. Not surprisingly, the Diocese of Rochester’s Accused Priest List published by Rochester Bishop Salvatore Matano is no different.

For starters, ask yourself this: If I were a bishop, on my website, what headline or title would I put above a list of credibly accused child molesters?”

There are many possibilities, but perhaps the most simple and most clear would be something like “List of credibly accused clergy.”

Matano, however, chooses the phenomenally to title the Diocese of Rochester’s Accused Priest List with the vague description: “Dispositions – 2002 to present.”

What the heck does that mean?

Few people would immediately connect that phrase with clergy sex crimes. That confusion, we suspect, is what Matano wants.

(He’s not alone in wanting few people to actually see his list of child molesting clerics. Many other bishops make it hard to find these lists on their websites, often usually equally vague wording.)

Similarly, Matano consistently uses a hurtful term to depict abuse reports or disclosures. On his website, he repeatedly uses the minimizing and disparaging term “complaints.”

In our view, a “complaint” against a priest might be that his homilies are too long or he shows up at meetings late.

When one reports that he has sexually assaulted them, that ought not to be described as a “complaint.”

(Lest you think maybe we’re being too sensitive about language here, remember that we’re talking about devastating crimes and betrayals, often against naïve, trusting, devout kids. That life-altering harm can’t magically be un-done. But all of us can at least be accurate and careful when we describe such horror, so that we don’t rub more salt into already-deep and often still-fresh wounds.)

Matano’s ‘credibly accused’ list also omits a number of clerics that it shouldn’t omit. Among them:

–Fr. Daniel M. Casey, who’s accused, in pending lawsuits, of abusing six boys in New York and Georgia. When he left the Syracuse diocese, he was then found living at a rectory in the Rochester diocese. 1980s.

At least the Syracuse bishop includes Fr. Casey on his ‘credibly accused’ list.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Syracuse/2018_12_03_Syracuse_List.pdf

–Fr. Otto Vogt, who is accused in a lawsuit of abusing a boy in Honeoye Falls for four years.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2020/03_04/2020_04_16_Orr_HundredsOf.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news555/2017_04_29_Burke_Father_Otto.pdf

Also left off Matano’s ‘credibly accused’ list are these clerics, all of whom spent time at McQuaid Jesuit high school in Rochester (and all of whom were deemed ‘credibly accused’ by the Jesuits):

–Fr. Cornelius Carr

–Fr. Thomas Denny

–Fr. Roy Drake

–Fr. John L. Farrand

–Fr. Leonard Riforgiato

–Fr. William Scanlon

–Fr. Robert Voelkle

When Matano was promoted from Burlington to Rochester, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests pointed out that:

“In 2006, Matano’s diocese was one of just two in America to have been found in violation of the US bishops weak and vague national abuse policy. . .”

His violation wasn’t some minor, administrative slip up. It was “because Matano refused to ensure that adequate abuse prevention training was provided to all his staff, as the policy requires.

Read more about SNAP’s view of Matano here:

https://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_new_catholic_bishop_for_rochester_is_awful

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Mr. Ted Russell – Diocese of Rochester

Mr. Ted Russell

Diocese of Rochester / Lay Teacher

Assignment History:

  • 1970 – 1995: St. Michael School and Church (Penn Yan, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Ted Russell:

Mr. Ted Russell was a lay teacher at St. Michael’s Church and School for 25 years. According to a letter sent to parents and church members in 2003 from the Diocese of Rochester, Russell left St. Michael’s in 1995 after he was accused of sexual abuse.  As a result of the allegation, Russell’s teaching license was revoked by the State of New York.

The letter says that Russell, who has since died, was accused again in 2003 of abusing a second former student.  According to media reports, the second allegation involved a junior-high age student at St. Michael’s who says Russell abused him in the late 1980s.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. James Wolfe – Diocese of Rochester

Father James Wolfe

Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1955

Retired: 1996

Died: 2002 

Assignment History:

  • St. Rita (Webster, NY)
  • Holy Spirit (Rochester, NY)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Brighton, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Wolfe:

Father James Wolfe served the Diocese of Rochester through his ministry at a number of parishes in Rochester, Corning, Canandaigua, Nunda, Greece, Pittsford, Avon, and Webster. In 2020, Fr. Wolfe was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy while serving at Our Lady of Lourdes in Brighton, NY, in 1963. Fr. Wolfe retired in 1996. He died in 2002 at the age of 72.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese. Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   

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

Fr. Norbert Nolan – Diocese of Rochester

Father Norbert Nolan

Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1951

Retired: 1992

Died: 2007

Assignment History:

  • 1951-1953: Holy Cross Parish (Rochester, NY)
  • 1953-1959: St. Ignatius Parish (Hornell, NY)
  • 1959-1963: Church of the Assumption (Fairport, NY)
  • 1963-1967: St. Mary Parish (Dansville, NY)
  • 1967-1971: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Brighton, NY)
  • 1971-1982: St. Theresa Parish (Stanley, NY)
  • 1982- 1992: St. Patrick Parish (Mount Morris, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Norbert Nolan:

In 2020, Fr. Norbert Nolan was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy while serving at St. Mary Church in Rushville, NY, in the late 60s or early 1970s. The suit states that the child’s mother complained to Bishop Joseph Hogan about Nolan, but nothing was done. He remained in the ministry until his removal from St. Patrick’s in Mount Morris 1991 for reasons the diocese never spelled out. Fr. Nolan retired in 1992. He died in 2007at the age of 81.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese. Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   

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

Fr. Mark Miller – Diocese of Rochester

Father Mark Miller

Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1969

Assignment History:

  • St. Helen’s (Gates, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Mark Miller:

In 2020, Fr. Mark A. Miller was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing an 11-year-old child while serving at St. Helen’s church in Gates, NY, in 1976.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese. Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   

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

Fr. David Heinsler – Diocese of Rochester

Father David Heinsler

Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1967

Assignment History:

  • Bridget’s (Rochester, NY)
  • Holy Redeemer Church (Rochester, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David Heinsler:

In 2020, Fr. David Heinsler was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing an 8-year-old child while serving at St. Bridget’s in Rochester, NY, between 1967 and 1968.   No other details have been released.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese. Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   

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

Fr. Richard Hart – Diocese of Rochester

Father Richard Hart

Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1955

Died: 1994

Assignment History:

  • Guardian Angels (Rochester, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Richard Hart:

In 2020, Fr. Richard Hart was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a 12-year-old child while serving at Guardian Angels School in Henrietta, NY, beginning in 1977. Fr. Hart died in 1994 at the age of 64.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese. Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   

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

Msgr. George Eckl – Diocese of Rochester

Monsignor George Eckl

Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1901

Died: 1977

Assignment History:

  • 1902-1907: Immaculate Conception (Rochester, NY)
  • 1907-1914: St. John’s (Greece, NY)
  • 1914-1964: St. Andrew’s Church (Rochester, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Monsignor George Eckl:

Monsignor George Eckl celebrated his Golden Anniversary while serving 50 years at St. Andrew’s in Rochester, NY. In 2020, Msgr. Eckl was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a 12-year-old child while serving at his longtime church, beginning in 1951. Fr. Eckl died in 1977 at the age of 99.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese. Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   

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

Fr. Emmett Davis – Diocese of Rochester

Father Emmett Davis

Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1936

Died: 1985

Assignment History:

  • Margaret Mary Church (Irondequoit, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Emmett Davis:

In 2020, Fr. Emmett Davis was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing an 8-year-old child while serving at St. Margaret Mary Church in Irondequoit between 1939 and 1940. Fr. Davis died in 1985.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese. Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   

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