New York-Area Dioceses Reveal History of Clergy Sex Abuse

Newsday [New York]
February 27, 2004

A review of a half century of complaints by the metropolitan area's three Roman Catholic dioceses found 456 victims had accused 202 priests of sexual abuse, according to statistics released by the church on Friday.

Here is a breakdown of the reports filed by the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre:


Between 1950 and 2002, the archdiocese has recorded complaints by 136 people against 49 priests. Thirty-eight were assigned to the archdiocese, seven were priests from other jurisdictions who were serving in New York, and four others were cleared of sexual abuse allegations.

The archdiocese paid $6,222,357 for counseling and settlements for those who were abused, $1,105,846 for counseling and treatment of clerics, and $1,229,098 in legal fees.


A statement from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio noted that 188 people had accused 87 priests of sexual misconduct, 73 of whom were assigned to the Diocese of Brooklyn. Fourteen priests from other dioceses who were assigned to work in the Brooklyn diocese also were accused. Of the 87, claims against eight priests were found to be unsubstantiated.

The diocese paid $783,168 in settlements to victims and another $683,373 in counseling fees. Legal fees for the diocese totaled $187,902.


Since the founding of the diocese on Long Island in 1957, 132 people accused 66 priests of sexual misconduct. Bishop William Murphy, who released his study last week, said 42 of the 66 priests were assigned to the diocese, along with 16 clergy and eight religious brothers from other dioceses.

The diocese has spent $3.8 million in settlements, expenses and therapy for victims.


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