NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Archdiocese of Newark has released a list of more than 60 clergy members who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors since 1940.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin made the names public Wednesday.
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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,” he said in a statement. “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 63 members are described as deceased or having been removed from ministry. About half are believed to be responsible for multiple victims.
Since a Pennsylvania grand jury report identified more than 300 ‘predator priests’ back in August, dioceses in dozens of states have released the names of abusive clergy.
New Jersey’s four other dioceses – Camden, Metuchen, Paterson and Trenton – are expected to share their lists soon, too.
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