Yesterday, five Catholic dioceses in New Jersey released the names of 188 members of the clergy they say have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. The incidents date back as far as 1940.
“Some of the most powerful priests of our diocese, with the most authority, are on this list. Rising all the way to the Vatican,” said Father John Bambrick of the diocese of Trenton.
Bambrick was himself a victim of sexual abuse.
Of the alleged perpetrators, eleven are from the Diocese of Metuchen, 63 from the Archdiocese of Newark, 28 from the Diocese of Paterson, 30 from the Diocese of Trenton, and 56 from the Diocese of Camden.
“Particularly the diocese of Camden should be a large number because those were dumping grounds for abusive priests,” said Bambrick. “They were unworthy, the place was unworthy, they were a perfect match as far as the powers that be, how they would view it.”
The majority of the people on the lists — 108 — are dead. Of the rest, 78 are listed as removed from the ministry, and two are listed as having left the diocese and their current whereabouts are unknown.
Bambrick believes the list is too little, too late. He also indicated there are many names that do not appear.
In September, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal set up a task force to investigate allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic dioceses.
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