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List Of Paterson Diocese Sex-Abuse Priests Released, Names Of Parishes Withheld

Bishop Arthur Serratelli and the Paterson Diocese released the names of priests accused of sexual abuse Wednesday.
Bishop Arthur Serratelli and the Paterson Diocese released the names of priests accused of sexual abuse Wednesday. Photo Credit: https://rcdop.org/

The Paterson Diocese on Wednesday released its list of priests accused of sexual abuse but didn't identify their parishes.

"You don't need to know that information," a Paterson Diocese receptionist told Daily Voice. "All that you see is what has been approved by the bishop."

Most were removed from the ministry. Several have died.

Dozens of Bergen County priests and their parishes were identified Wednesday by the Newark Archdiocese.

Bishop Arthur Serrattelli called the publication of the list a tragedy.

"Our society and certain members of the Church have failed children," he said.

The list of accused Paterson Diocese priests:

  • Jose Alonso

Born: June 13, 1940

Ordained: 1968

Status: Deceased — September 29, 2003

  • Charles Bradley

Born: March 12, 1942

Ordained: June 28, 1968

Status: Removed from Ministry - 1995

  • George Costigan

Born: October 2, 1926

Ordained: May 25, 1974

Status: Removed from Ministry - April 28, 1994

Deceased - September 21, 2015

  • Absalom Coutinho

Born: December 2, 1944

Ordained: April 23, 1972

Status: Removed from Ministry April 20, 2002

  • William Cramer

Born: December 26, 1951

Ordained: May 14, 1977

Status: Removed from Ministry —June 2002

  • Francis Dennehy

Born: February 28, 1925

Ordained: June 3, 1950

Status: Deceased — August 10, 1995

  • John Derricks

Born: August 5, 1916

Ordained: June 7, 1941

Status: Deceased — November 17, 2010

  • Stanislaus Durka

Born: October 23, 1914

Ordained: June 25, 1939

Status: Deceased — June 21, 1983

  • Patrick Erwin

Born: January 10, 1943

Ordained: December 21, 1967

Status: Removed from Ministry — November 15, 2004

Deceased — December 8, 2017

  • Carlos Guzman

Born: December 6, 1946

Ordained: 1981

Status: Removed from Ministry — October 20, 1981

  • James Hanley

Born: August 26, 1936

Ordained: May 26, 1962

Status: Removed from Ministry — February 1986

Laicized — February 7, 2003

  • John Heekin

Born: September 19, 1937

Ordained: 1963

Status: Removed from Ministry — November 17, 2011

Deceased - July 1, 2018

  • Jose Lopez

Born: January 14, 1979

Ordained: May 28, 2011

Status: Removed from Ministry - July 9, 2013

  • Peter McBride

Born: May 30, 1935

Ordained: June 11, 1960

Status: Removed from Ministry — October 1, 1994

  • William Mockus

Born: June 24, 1945

Ordained: May 4, 1974

Status: Removed from Ministry — 1995

Deceased — July 24, 2014

  • Joseph Molloy

Born: 1927

Ordained: 1953

Status: Deceased - June 25, 2000

  • Marcin Nurek

Born: March 16, 1979

Ordained: July 1, 2017

Status: Removed from Ministry — August 3, 2017

  • John Pisarcik

Born: March 18, 1944

Ordained: May 30, 1970

Status: Removed from Ministry — October 8, 1991

  • Walter Pruschowitz

Born: December 13, 1928

Ordained: May 27, 1961

Status: Deceased — February 21, 2004

  • James Scott

Born: November 20, 1948

Ordained: May 4, 1974

Status: Removed from Ministry - 1995

  • James A.D. Smith

Born: February 21, 1931

Ordained: May 26, 1956

Status: Deceased — January 27, 2015

  • Ralph Sodano

Born: March 13, 1941

Ordained: May 27, 1967

Status: Removed from Ministry — April 20, 2002

Deceased — October 22, 2008

  • Allen Stepien

Born: December 28, 1936

Ordained: May 29, 1965

Status: Removed from Ministry — April 20, 2002

  • John Sutton

Born: November 25, 1943

Ordained: 1970

Status: Deceased — 2000

  • Ronald Tully

Born: May 19, 1937

Ordained: November 19, 1966

Status: Removed from Ministry —May 12, 2004

Laicized — January 22, 2016

Deceased — November 29, 2018

  • John Wall

Born: Aptil 29, 1929

Ordained: 1954

Status: Deceased 1983

  • Gregory White

Born: August 3, 1969

Ordained: November 30, 1996

Status: Deceased — May 10, 2002

  • William Winston

Born: December 14, 1954

Ordained: December 13, 1986

Status: Removed from Ministry — November 4, 2004

Laicized — August 2007

"While this is a positive first step towards transparency and accountability, I hope this spirit of openness continues during the course of our ongoing investigation and in response to our requests for records and information," state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said.

"Despite the recent actions by the dioceses, our investigation remains ongoing because no institution or individual is immune from accountability," Grewal said. "We know from the hundreds of calls that we have received over our tip line that there are many others who were abused as children and as adults, both by diocesan clergy and clergy members in various religious orders.

"The investigative work of the task force continues so that we may assure that all survivors of clergy abuse are heard and all abusers and institutions are held accountable for their acts.

"To this end, we anticipate taking criminal action wherever appropriate and releasing comprehensive information at the conclusion of our investigation."

The attorney general urged survivors and others with information to contact his office's toll-free tip line, 855-363-6548 , which he said is staffed around the clock by trained professionals.

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