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Clergy Abuse Resources
• A letter from Bishop Checchio
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"Certainly, abuse at the hands of trusted people, in these cases those who are meant to be spiritual fathers, has done untold damage to those victimized. Abuse gets power from silence and avoidance. I believe that the measures we are now taking are part of the continuing process to build a healthy and transparent culture of life in our parishes and institutions. I pray, too, that the efforts we make as Catholic Christians to protect children and prevent abuse, will resound in all areas of society – families, schools, youth and sporting organizations – in which children depend on trustworthy adults to guide them and care for their overall well-being."
In keeping with a promise made by the Bishops of New Jersey, Bishop James F. Checchio has released the names of 10 diocesan priests and 1 permanent deacon whom have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor since the founding of the diocese in 1981. In doing so, he joined his fellow bishops from New Jersey, who have simultaneously released the names of clergy from their dioceses.
If you suspect a priest or employee at your parish has engaged in sexual misconduct involving a child:
First, notify local law enforcement.
Second, notify the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). The phone number is 1-877-NJ ABUSE (652-2873) or 1-800-835-5510 (TTY/TDD for the deaf) and is available 24/7.
Finally, if the allegation involves a member of the clergy or an employee of a parish or the Diocese, please notify our Diocesan Response Officer, Deacon Vincent Brigande, at (908) 930-4558.
God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by his blood on the cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters
who have been gravely harmed,
and the cries of those who love them.
Soothe their restless hearts with hope,
steady their shaken spirits with faith.
Grant them justice for their cause,
enlightened by your truth.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform brokenness into wholeness.
Grant us the courage and wisdom,
humility and grace, to act with justice.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.
Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.