All-Boys Catholic School Run by Monks Acknowledges Decades of Sexual Abuse


July 26, 2018

By Carol Kuruvilla

The Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey is facing sexual abuse allegations from 30 people.

Thirteen Benedictine monks and one lay teacher associated with a New Jersey religious order have been accused of sexually abusing people in cases that go back decades, leaders of the group admitted in a letter.

The heads of Morristown’s St. Mary’s Abbey and the Delbarton School, which is run by the abbey’s monks, said that 30 people have come forward with accusations of assaults from 1968 to 1999.

It was an attempt at transparency by the abbey’s Abbot Richard Cronin and the school’s headmaster, Michael Tidd, who is also a member of the order. The letter, posted to the school’s website, is the first acknowledgment of the broad scope of the problem by the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey at its all-boys Catholic prep school, according to NJ Advance Media.

The accusations have sparked at least 15 lawsuits since 2012 ― eight of which have been settled, with the remainder pending.

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