Fr. Raymond L. Cole

Ordained: 1972
Status: Cleared

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Pastor of St. Joseph’s in Hillsborough, NJ. Removal from active ministry announced 10/25/13 after allegation of abuse of a minor in late the 1970s, when he was associate pastor at St. Mary’s in South Amboy. County prosecutor informed the diocese; no criminal charges due to statute of limitations. Review Board and retired investigator found allegation “not frivolous.” Cole denied the allegation. Matter referred to Vatican. In 11/15 Cole was found not guilty by a church tribunal, composed of three priests from outside the diocese. Cole was planning to go to Guatemala to study Spanish, then return to the diocese to do Hispanic ministry.

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