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Catholic Church Creates NJ Abuse Survivors Compensation Fund

On Monday, the Catholic Church announced the creation of a compensation fund designated for New Jersey clergy abuse survivors. The New Jersey Compensation Fund for Victims of Church Sexual Abuse of Minors will review claims of clergy abuse and provide a settlement to the survivors when warranted. The group will operate independently without direct involvement from the five dioceses in New Jersey but will collect the funds from the applicable diocese to pay the victim. Kenneth Feinberg who previously ran the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, and Camille Biros who assisted with the clergy abuse victims’ fund in the Archdiocese of New York will head the compensation fund.

An outline of the procedures for filing claims will appear on the website, and in the following month survivors will be able to file claims starting with individuals whose complaints were dismissed in the past, and then for survivors presenting new claims. Survivors will be offered a settlement,

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Cardinal Wuerl Apologizes

Cardinal Donald Wuerl has issued a letter of apology for not coming forward with information regarding his predecessor, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Wuerl had recently denied having any knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations against McCarrick, even though he alerted the Vatican of the 2004 allegations himself. Wuerl now says his denial was the result of a lapse in memory.

A former priest says Wuerl was informed of McCarrick’s inappropriate conduct in 2004 when he told him about his personal experience involving unwelcome sexual contact. Wuerl passed the information along to the Vatican, however he later said he had absolutely no recollection of the reported abuse. What the Vatican did with the report is unclear, however McCarrick continued serving as an archbishop of Washington for an additional two years.

Others have also come forward with allegations against McCarrick, including two minors and several adult males, most of whom were seminarians and priests under his authority.

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Former Priest from Rider University Accused of Sexual Abuse

A former priest who served at both Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey was accused of sexual abuse. Recently, the USA Northeast Province of Jesuits released a list that identified the deceased former priest, Andrew Dittrich, as one of 50 who are credibly accused sex offenders. Allegations against Dittrich arose in 2002, and then returned in 2018. The abuse apparently occurred between the years of 1966 and 1976, concurrent with some of the time he spent serving the Rutgers University Catholic community. He worked at Rider University between the years of 1977 and 1989, and Rutgers University from 1970 to 1977. Dittrich passed away in 1990 before the allegations officially came to light.

Allegations of clergy abuse continue to flood the news and bring out disturbing tales of priests and other clergy members who engaged in the abuse of children.

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