Spotlight on New York

A Roman Catholic bishop appointed by the Pope to investigate allegations of sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse. Whilst the bishop denies the allegations a $20 million lawsuit is being prepared against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio relating to allegations from the mid-1970s, when he was then a parish priest in Jersey City.

The Bishop‘s response to the Associated Press was “In my nearly 50-year ministry as a priest, I have never engaged in unlawful or inappropriate behavior and I emphatically deny this allegation. I am confident I will be fully vindicated.”

Recently, the complaints attorney Mitchell Garabedian, sent a letter to the church’s Newark, New Jersey Archdiocese, in which 56-year-old Mark Matzek alleges he was repeatedly abused by DiMarzio and a second priest, identified as the late Rev. Albert Mark, when he was an altar boy at St. Nicholas Church and a student at St. Nicholas School.

The Bishop was himself appointed to investigate allegations into abuse following criticisms made against Bishop Richard Malone, who was previously charged with investigating the ‘burgeoning clergy abuse scandal that has roiled the diocese’, and which prompted calls for his resignation.

DiMarzio completed his own review last month. He said he made three trips to the diocese over seven days and interviewed nearly 80 clergymen and parishioners. There are fresh calls for an independent investigation by law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile El Salvador’s top Roman Catholic cleric,  Jose Luis Escobar Alas has apologized to victims of abuse by a priest 25 years ago. This follows three priests being defrocked by the Archdiocese in 2016 and 1 this year.

A Roman Catholic bishop appointed by the Pope to investigate allegations of sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse. Whilst the bishop denies the allegations a $20 million lawsuit is being prepared against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio relating to allegations from the mid-1970s, when he was then a parish priest in Jersey City.

The Bishop‘s response to the Associated Press was “In my nearly 50-year ministry as a priest, I have never engaged in unlawful or inappropriate behavior and I emphatically deny this allegation. I am confident I will be fully vindicated.”

Recently, the complaints attorney Mitchell Garabedian, sent a letter to the church’s Newark, New Jersey Archdiocese, in which 56-year-old Mark Matzek alleges he was repeatedly abused by DiMarzio and a second priest, identified as the late Rev. Albert Mark, when he was an altar boy at St. Nicholas Church and a student at St. Nicholas School.

The Bishop was himself appointed to investigate allegations into abuse following criticisms made against Bishop Richard Malone, who was previously charged with investigating the ‘burgeoning clergy abuse scandal that has roiled the diocese’, and which prompted calls for his resignation.

DiMarzio completed his own review last month. He said he made three trips to the diocese over seven days and interviewed nearly 80 clergymen and parishioners. There are fresh calls for an independent investigation by law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile El Salvador’s top Roman Catholic cleric,  Jose Luis Escobar Alas has apologized to victims of abuse by a priest 25 years ago. This follows three priests being defrocked by the Archdiocese in 2016 and 1 this year.


Hayre_J Written by Jagdeep Hayre at BLM

jagdeep.hayre@blmlaw.com

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