Catholic priest to lead Newark rally against church sex abuses

North Jersey Record

August 28, 2018

By Deena Yellin

A priest who says he was sexually assaulted three decades ago will lead a demonstration against church sexual abuses on Wednesday, in front of Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The Rev. Desmond Rossi, a priest in the Diocese of Albany, said the aim of the “National Day for Reform” is to gather the Catholic community together for prayer and to plan for the future.

The event, called for 1 p.m., will include prayers for the health of the church, and a call for changes that will lead the church back to sanctity, he said.

Father Robert Hoatson, a former priest with the Archdiocese of Newark, said he’s glad Rossi is having the event to push for change within the church.

Hoatson, who will be among the speakers Wednesday, said he’s distraught that those who knew about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged misconduct did nothing. McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals in July amid abuse allegations.

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