October 16, 2005

Camden Diocese escapes scrutiny

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Craig R. McCoy and Nancy Phillips
Inquirer Staff Writers

One priest in the Camden Diocese was accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy - but was left in place. He abused more young boys.

Other priests passed teenage boys around in a "sex ring" that shuttled victims from South Jersey to Rhode Island.

In another case, a priest was called in by his bishop and "did not deny" years of attacks on two brothers. In response, the bishop quietly transferred him to a new parish.

In all, The Inquirer has identified by name 25 priests in the six-county Camden Diocese who have been accused of sexually abusing children and teenagers during the last five decades, most during the tenure of Bishop George H. Guilfoyle in 1970s and 1980s.

Some were defrocked and sent to jail. Others escaped punishment because superiors kept the crimes quiet.

Posted by kshaw at October 16, 2005 10:00 AM