NJ setting up compensation for those claiming sexual abuse by priests

David Madden
November 20, 2018 - 1:49 pm
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin at the Archdiocese in Newark NJ. Feb. 14, 2017.

NorthJersey.com file

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NEWARK, N.J.  (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey’s Catholic Church is following the lead of its counterpart in Pennsylvania, and setting up a program to compensate those who claim they were sexually abused by priests

All 5 dioceses in the state, including Camden and Trenton, will take part, according to a statement from Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark. How much will be available and how the program will be administered is up in the air.

Another promise: That the church will issue a list of priests and deacons it deems "credibly accused" of abuse sometime early next year.

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Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-Gloucester City), who chairs the Women and Children Committee, says she’ll wait and see how that plays out.

"We have the Attorney General, the task force that he developed back in September, to investigate this to make sure that the Catholic Church is doing this properly," Mosquera said.

The church says it's cooperating in the state probe.

Mosquera is encouraged by the promise of compensation.

"I'm actually happy that they're taking the first step and doing something for the victims, and that these victims will be able to participate," she added.

Over the years some 50 million dollars in insurance proceeds have gone to New Jersey victims who have sued the church.