This week, nine lawsuits were filed against the Catholic Church amidst allegations of child sex abuse. The lawsuits claim that two priests were allowed to remain in clergy for years after church officials were made aware of the alleged abuse.
The accused clerics include four archdiocese priests and three members of religious orders.
The priests are Joseph Rice, Gerald Sudol, Kenneth Martin and John Capparelli and all 4 were named on a list of credibly accused clerics the archdiocese issued last year.
The lawsuits also include allegations against John Dagwell and Peter Russell, two members of the Xaverian Brothers religious order. They both worked at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale in the 1980s.
According to an archdiocesan newspaper article, Contardo Omarini, of the Pauline Fathers and Brothers, was accused of sexually abusing three young siblings at St. Bernard parish in Plainfield in the late 1950s – 1960s.
The lawsuits were filed under the Child Victim Law, which suspends the statute of limitations for two years. These lawsuits are among the dozens of other lawsuits already filed against the state’s five Catholic dioceses.
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