Thursday, September 20, 2018

New Jersey Dioceses Release Victims From Non-Disclosure Agreements

This week, Patrick Brannigan, executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, announced that victims of priest sexual abuse are free to ignore confidentiality agreements they signed in settling their claims with dioceses in New Jersey.  Such agreements were used in settlements prior to 2002. reports on this statement issued by Brannigan:
Cardinal Joseph Tobin and the other Catholic bishops of New Jersey have no issue if someone who had signed a settlement agreement prior to 2002 speaks publicly about his or her ordeal. In fact, we tell survivors who come forward that we will inform law enforcement of their allegations, and we encourage them to do the same.