Mendham clergy sex abuse memorial rededicated in show of support


Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012

By PHIL GARBER, Managing Editor

MENDHAM ‑ Bill Crane recalled how he felt when he got the phone call at his Oregon home last November that someone had shattered the memorial to clergy sexual abuse survivors at St. Joseph Church.

“It was exactly how I felt,” said Crane, 46, who lived in Mendham when as a child, he was sexually assaulted by former parish priest, James Hanley. “Shattered.”

The 400-pound black basalt monument was replaced at its original spot next to the West Main Street church at a public ceremony on Saturday.

Church bells rang while a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace” to an audience of about 70 people. They included Crane and survivors and family members of survivors of Hanley who, during his tenure as pastor ofSt. Joseph’s from 1972 to 1982, sexually abused more than a dozen boys in the church rectory.

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