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Fr. James Smith – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father James Smith

Diocese of Rockville Centre

James Smith Diocese of Rockville Centre Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Died: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1951-1969:      St. Brigid (Westbury, NY)
  • 1969-1974:      St. Mary (East Islip, NY)
  • 1975:                Immaculate Conception Seminary (Huntington, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Smith:

Fr. James Smith is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred at a private home in Long Island, NY, sometime between 1951-1975. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when the abuse took place or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. 

It is important to note that the list, released in March 2021, is not exhaustive. “It is a list of all priests and deacons that the Diocese knows have been the subject of an adverse determination by the Diocesan Review Board of the Debtor that an allegation of clergy abuse against such priest was credible or against whom an allegation of clergy abuse was made through the Diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”) and the Debtor made a payment in settlement of such allegation through the IRCP.”

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Fr. James A. Smith – Diocese of Paterson

Father James A. Smith

Diocese of Paterson

James A. Smith Horowitz LawOrdained: 1956

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Anthony (Hawthorne, NJ)
  • Holy Family (Florham Park, NJ)
  • St. Joseph Hospital ( NJ)
  • St. Monica (Sussex, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Victories (Paterson, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Clifton, NJ)
  • St. Monica (Sussex, NJ)
  • St. Christopher (Parsippany, NJ)
  • St. Rose of Lima (East Hanover, NJ)
  • St. Patrick (Chatham, NJ)
  • St. George (Paterson, NJ)
  • St. Therese (Succasunna, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James A Smith:

According to media reports, in 2002, Fr. James A Smith was placed on leave after allegations that he repeatedly abused a boy from 1962-1965. At the time, he was serving as a priest at Our Lady of Victories in Paterson and Sacred Heart Church in Clifton, New Jersey. Smith denied the allegation against him, however, the Diocese of Paterson deemed the allegations credible.

In 2003, a civil suit was filed against the Diocese of Paterson by one of Smith’s victims and it was later settled in early 2005. The case was then referred to the Vatican for Smith’s removal from the priesthood.

According to media reports, in February 2005, the Vatican sent the case back to the Diocese of Paterson for a church trial. A Diocese tribunal found Smith guilty of abuse of at least one act of sexual abuse of a minor and decided he should be permanently suspended from priestly duties, but it did not recommend he be formally removed from the priesthood. Smith said he would appeal. Smith’s canonical trial or church trial was believed to be the first in New Jersey for a priest accused of sexually abusing a child.

Smith’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019. It noted multiple allegations, but the Diocese of Paterson did not provide details as to the number of allegations it has received nor Smith’s assignments at the time of the abuse. 

Smith died in January 2015.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Paterson, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Paterson now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.