Former pastor of St. Catherine’s Parish, Cedar Grove, NJ, accused of sexual abuse

Road to Recovery
August 16, 2014

Rev. Robert Gibney allegedly sexually abused in Newark and Cedar Grove parishes

Newark Archdiocese needs to alert parishioners and the general public about allegations of sexual abuse against Fr. Robert Gibney

What: A demonstration and leafleting alerting the parishioners of St. Catherine’s Parish, Cedar Grove, NJ to the allegations of sexual abuse leveled against their former pastor, Rev. Robert Gibney.

When: Saturday, August 16, 2014 before and after the 5:00 and 6:00 PM Masses Sunday, August 17, 2014 – after the 7:15 AM Mass; before and after the Masses at 9:15 AM, 10:45 AM, and 12:15 PM

Where: On the public sidewalk outside St. Catherine Roman Catholic Church, 339 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Who: Members of a victim/survivor advocacy group known as Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why: Two sexual abuse victims of Fr. Robert Gibney, former pastor of St. Catherine’s Parish, Cedar Grove, NJ, have come forward to claim that they were sexually abused by Fr. Robert Gibney. One of the victims alleges that he was sexually abused at Sacred Heart Parish in Newark in the 1960s when Fr. Robert Gibney was assigned to that parish. Another victim has alleged that he was abused when Fr. Robert Gibney was pastor of St. Catherine’s Parish. Fr. Robert Gibney was also stationed at St. Mary’s Parish, Dumont, NJ, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Ridgewood, NJ. He was also a seminary dean and a military chaplain. Demonstrators will urge other sexual abuse victims of Fr. Robert Gibney to come forward to begin healing.

Contacts: Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President, Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250


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