Law firm releases 300 names of Catholic priests and others accused of abuse in NJ

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BY , North Jersey Record

Edward Hanratty doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that four abusive priests wound up at his parish in Ridgefield Park.

In his Irish Catholic community, nobody ever questioned the church, which was at the epicenter of the community, recalled Hanratty, a victim of clergy abuse who has become an advocate for victims.

“The church sent these people knowingly,” he said. “I feel like our entire town was groped. Why was our church a target and there are other churches that never had a single abuser?”

Now he wants answers. He has filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey and the New Jersey Catholic Conference demanding that New Jersey’s bishops release the identities, backgrounds and histories of all clergy accused of sexual misconduct with minors. He says most of the information has been concealed.

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