Making good on a 2018 commitment, the Roman Catholic order of priests known as the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, has released a list of 50 men from their Northeast province who have been identified in child sexual abuse allegations.
The charges go back as far as the 1950s, although many of the accusations were made long after the alleged abuse occurred. Many of the accused have left the priesthood or are deceased. Most of the accusations included Jesuit priests who served in parishes or worked in schools. Some of those accused were convicted of crimes.
With the publication of the Northeast list, the Jesuits have completed their report which totals several hundred accused priests. According to a statement issued along with the list, the Northeast organization stated that Jesuit priests who are currently under investigation are not included. The Jesuit order, including Pope Francis, has more than 16,000 members worldwide.
In addition to the Jesuit order, all of the Catholic dioceses in our state as well as across the U.S. are preparing lists of their priests and deacons with credible accusations of sexual abuse. Last August, a Pennsylvania grand jury released its investigative report into years of sexual assault by the priests in that state. The report detailed abuse by 300 priests involving more than 1,000 children over a period greater than 70 years. You can read about the Pennsylvania report in our earlier blog.
Jesuit Child Sexual Abuse List Includes 10 with Ties to New Jersey
Included on the list recently issued by the USA Northeast Province Jesuits are ten priests who spent at least part of their careers in New Jersey. Of these, nine served at either St. Peter’s Prep, St. Peter’s Parish or St. Peter’s University in Jersey City.
The specific names of the accused and their New Jersey assignments are available at this NJ.com news article.
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