Diocese in bankruptcy, insurers push to protect accused clergy

By Jeannie O’Sullivan (April 6, 2022, 7:05 p.m. EDT) – A Catholic diocese in New Jersey on Wednesday urged a bankruptcy judge to shield the names of diocesan clergy and staff accused of sexually abusing children, arguing that the information should be kept confidential since the claims have not been adjudicated.

In a remote hearing before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jerrold N. Poslusny Jr., the Diocese of Camden said the names at issue — which appear in redacted exhibits from the diocese’s Chapter 11 filing — do not appear on the diocese’s public list of “credibly accused” by clergy and, therefore, the allegations have not been investigated internally or by law enforcement.

“It raises defamation…

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