Second Lawsuit Filed Against Brooklyn Bishop Accused of Abuse
A second lawsuit has been filed alleging that a prominent Brooklyn bishop abused a child while working as a priest in New Jersey. We hope that the filing of this complaint will help provide hope and healing to this survivor and that it will also inspire others who have been hurt to come forward and make a report.
The lawsuit filed this week alleges that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and another clergyman abused an altar boy in the 1970s while the pair worked at St. Nicholas Parish in Jersey City. This is the second lawsuit filed against Bishop DiMarzio. He was sued last month on allegations that he abused a six-year-old child at Holy Rosary Church in Jersey City.
A canonical investigation into Bishop DiMarzio was carried about by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and has been sent to Rome for further analysis and a decision. Given Bishop DiMarzio’s high position in the Catholic Church – and especially given the fact that he had been tapped by Vatican leaders to investigate other prelates accused of wrongdoing – we believe true transparency and accountability will need to come from secular officials in New York and New Jersey, not Rome. New York A.G. Letitia James has already been investigating cases of clergy abuse in her state and we hope that the news about this lawsuit will encourage other survivors or witnesses to come forward to her office and make a report of what they saw or experienced.
In the meantime, it is disturbing that Bishop DiMarzio has yet to be suspended from his position despite two allegations against him. At a bare minimum, Cardinal Dolan should remove the Bishop from his position while awaiting the final word from the Vatican. To do otherwise flies in the face of the Church’s “Zero tolerance” policy for abuse.
(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)