NJ- Newark Archdiocese settles w/ 5 abuse victims, SNAP responds

New Jersey attorney Greg Gianforcaro announced today that he has settled five cases against the Newark archdiocese involving a convicted Newark priest who was sent to Missouri where he assaulted more kids (after changing his name in between).

Catholic officials settle cases like these because they’re scared of trials. They know that under oath their complicity will be laid bare. They are almost always very fearful of having to face tough questions in open court.

So when Catholic officials pretend settlements are driven by “compassion” or ‘charity,” that’s baloney.

These settlements aren’t “reform.” They are just a smart business move by a prelate who knows there’s still tons of dirty secrets in his archdiocese that he wants to keep hidden.

We admire these five men for seeking justice. We hope their courage inspires others to step forward too.


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  • A.j. Baselice
    commented 2013-05-10 06:04:57 -0500
    I am sure there was a ‘confidentiality clause’ in the settlement to keep the public from knowing who knew what and when they knew it. The catholic church will comply when the laws are changed and a Window opened for Victims !
  • Kathy Reid
    commented 2013-05-10 04:10:56 -0500
    Unfortunatetly if they settle they get away again, they all need to go to trial….I admire all victims who have the courage to come forward and hope that we all can come together in our steps toward justice and healing……zero tolerance for these abusers, we must bring them to trial!! Hell, even like the Philidelphia Judge wanted to do, get all of them together to stand trial…
  • Annette Kissell Nestler
    commented 2013-05-09 22:17:50 -0500
    Changed his name, UNBELIEVABLE!!! The lies just never seem to stop. The pew catholic is no longer ignorant and will no longer tolerate a sick hierarchy, as representation of them. These men (hierarchy) need to step up to the plate of transperency. They have no credibility anymore! These victims/survivors and their families are to be commended for their courage, in coming forward.

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