Bishop John Joseph Jenik

Ordained: 1970
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Auxiliary bishop of New York beginning 2014. Assigned to Our Lady of Refuge in the Bronx since 1978. Removed from public ministry in 10/18 after the Lay Review Board deemed “credible and substantiated” allegations that Jenik sexually abused a teenage boy for 5 or 6 years, beginning in 1978. His accuser first came forward in 1/18. He said Jenik would ply him with alcohol and abuse him during overnight stays in the rectory, and at a country home in Tivoli. Jenik denied the allegations. Vatican to investigate. On archdiocese’s list 4/26/19. Canonical process pending. Vatican announced in 10/19 that the pope had accepted Jenik’s resignation. Accused in an 8/20 lawsuit of trafficking a 14-year-old boy to convicted child molester, Paul Gruber, at the parish school, in the 1980s. The suit claimed Jenik was also abusing children at the time.

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