Notorious Priest Fr. James Hanley Passes Away, SNAP Responds

According to reports, Fr. James Hanley has passed away. Hanley first became infamous as a central figure in the Catholic abuse crisis in New Jersey and in 2003 admitted to abusing at least a dozen boys during his time working in New Jersey. We hope that this news will bring some measure of solace to his victims.

Hanley’s abuse has been far reaching and revelations continue to this day. The Diocese of Paterson settled with 21 accusers in 2006, and, just last month, two more lawsuits were filed naming Hanley as an abuser. Thanks to the opening of a civil window in New Jersey, these victims have been able to come forward, file lawsuits, and speak publicly about the abuse he committed.

The sad reality is, we fear it is likely that there are more of Hanley’s victims who did not survive or have been too afraid to come forward. We hope that his passing will ease the pain those survivors feel and will help them see a safer world without him in it.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, [email protected])

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