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New Jersey Roman Catholic dioceses name over 180 priests accused of abusing minors

February 13, 2019 - 1:02 pm
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NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) -- New Jersey's Roman Catholic dioceses have released the names of more than 180 priests they say have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors in dating back to 1940.

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“The revelations of clergy sexual abuse of minors throughout this past year have provoked feelings of shock, anger, shame, and deep sorrow throughout our Catholic community. In an effort to do what is right and just, we are publishing the names of diocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Newark,” Newark Archbishop James Tobin said. “This list of names is the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. It is our sincerest hope that this disclosure will help bring healing to those whose lives have been so deeply violated. We also pray that this can serve as an initial step in our efforts to help restore trust in the leadership of the Catholic Church.”
 
All of the clergy on the list are described as deceased or having been removed from ministry. Their names were released by the Camden, Trenton, Metuchen, Paterson dioceses and the Newark Archdiocese.
 
About half are believed to be responsible for multiple victims.
 
New Jersey is one of more than two dozen states where dioceses have released the names of abusive clergy since a Pennsylvania grand jury report in August identified over 300 predator priests. 
 
Newark's list includes Theodore McCarrick, a former Newark archbishop who served as Washington, D.C. archbishop from 2000 to 2006. McCarrick was removed from public ministry last June.