Former Cardinal McCarrick Accused Again of Abuse, SNAP Reacts
A now-disgraced cardinal who has been accused of abuse at least a dozen times has been named in a newly filed lawsuit in New Jersey. We applaud the survivor in this case for coming forward and hope that his example will encourage other survivors to come forward and get the help and support that they need.
The now-defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been named as an abuser again, this time by a New Jersey man named John Bellocchio who alleges that McCarrick abused him while McCarrick was on a visit to his parish in the 1990s. Our hearts ache for this victim and we hope that this new allegation will lead to renewed outreach to victims by church officials in both Newark – where McCarrick was working as Archbishop at the time of the allegations – and every other diocese where McCarrick worked.
This story is further proof that it is impossible to fully know the depth of abuse and perpetrated by religious figures like McCarrick. That this survivor has come forward now is exactly why we constantly ask church officials to do outreach to victims and survivors regularly, not simply make a simple public statement after abuse allegations are revealed. We hope that this latest case will encourage other victims who may still be suffering in silence to come forward and get help.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)