Diocese of Brooklyn Names 108 Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

‚ÄčLast week, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn released a list of 108 priests, bishops, and deacons who have been accused of sexually abusing children over the diocese’s 166-year history. The list includes those for whom allegations were reported either to the diocese or the church’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

This list is one of the largest from any individual diocese in the nation. With this release, the Diocese of Brooklyn has tried to show this is a problem of the past by emphasizing most of the accused were ordained between 1930 and 1970 with two-thirds of the list now being deceased. Further, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio stated there have only been two incidents in the Diocese of Brooklyn since they enacted reforms in 2002.

While any increase in transparency is a step in the right direction, survivors and advocates have been calling for the release of this information for decades. It comes as no surprise that the Diocese of Brooklyn has chosen to release these names when diocese in nearly two dozen other states have done so in the last year following the landmark grand jury report in Pennsylvania.

The release of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list came just one day after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law. The new law extends the time allowed to victims of child sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits and provides a one-year window for anyone sexually abused as a child to seek civil justice against their abusers as well as the institutions that enabled and/or failed to protect them from the abuse.

Sexual abuse in the Catholic church has impacted countless lives around the world. If you have been sexually abused by a clergy member and have questions about your options, please contact the Law Office of Paul Mones.