Two Popes and Church Hierarchy Knew McCarrick was a Predator for Decades But Covered Up and Ignored It
McCarrick was Archbishop of Newark When He Sexually Abused Plaintiff, Then a Teenager
Survivor to Speak Publicly For First Time Monday
(Newark, NJ) – Monday in Newark, the courageous survivor who has filed suit using his name, and attorneys from Jeff Anderson & Associates and Gianforcaro Law, will:
- Reveal and discuss a lawsuit filed under New Jersey’s new Victim’s Rights Bill (S477) by a survivor who was sexually abused by infamous serial sexual predator and former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick in approximately 1995 or 1996 while the survivor was a teenager and McCarrick was the Archbishop of Newark. The lawsuit includes claims of sexual battery against McCarrick and negligence against the Archdiocese of Newark. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages against the Archdiocese of Newark;
- The survivor will speak publicly for the first time about the abuse by McCarrick in approximately 1995 or 1996 at a parish in Hackensack, New Jersey;
- Reveal and discuss how other clergy members and Church hierarchy received multiple allegations of McCarrick’s inappropriate sexual conduct at least as early as the 1980s and into the 1990s, long before McCarrick sexually abused Plaintiff. McCarrick is believed to have sexually assaulted at least seven boys between 1969 and 1990 alone, and several seminarians;
- Reveal and discuss how the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, U.S. Church hierarchy and clergy covered up for McCarrick, protected him and ignored the many allegations of his sexual abuse. The Holy See was informed in at least 2000 of McCarrick’s sexual misconduct. McCarrick was a prominent celebrity and prodigious fundraiser within the national and international Catholic Church, and was allowed to serve in multiple high-level roles in the Church hierarchy after several members of the hierarchy learned of his sexual misconduct accusations;
- Discuss that McCarrick served as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of New York from 1978-1981, and Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen from 1982-1986, before serving as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark from 1987-2000. In 2001, McCarrick was appointed Cardinal Archbishop of Washington D.C. and served in that position until retiring in 2006;
- Demand full disclosure by Archbishop Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark of the identities, histories, and current whereabouts of all clergy accused of child sexual abuse who worked in the Archdiocese of Newark;
- Discuss New Jersey’s historic Victim’s Rights Bill, a new law that extends the statute of limitation and provides a two-year window for sexual abuse survivors to bring lawsuits in cases that were previously barred by the statute of limitations, no matter when the abuse occurred or how old the survivor is;
- Encourage sexual abuse survivors to come forward confidentially under the Victim’s Rights Bill.
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM (ET)
Robert Treat Hotel (Best Western Plus)
50 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Jeff Anderson & Associates and Gianforcaro Law Press Events in New Jersey Dioceses This Week
Attorney Jeff Anderson, Attorney Greg Gianforcaro, and survivors will conduct press conferences in four of New Jersey’s dioceses Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to announce the filing of clergy abuse lawsuits under New Jersey’s new Victim’s Rights Bill, and to discuss the new law.
We will send media advisories prior to each event.
Jeff Anderson & Associates released The Anderson Report: Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese and Dioceses in New Jersey, which contains the names, photographs, and assignment histories of approximately 300 clergy members accused of child sexual abuse.
In addition, Jeff Anderson & Associates has released The Anderson List: Sexual Abuse in the Boy Scouts of America (New Jersey), which provides names and locations of Boy Scout perpetrators in New Jersey.