A response by the Diocese of Trenton to media reports on the Christopher Naples case


A response by the Diocese of Trenton to media reports on the Christopher Naples case 

6/3/2014 

An article published by the Star Ledger and posted to nj.com on June 2 presented inaccurate and, in 
some instances, false information about the civil suit against the Diocese of Trenton by Christopher 
Naples over charges that he was sexually abused as a minor by Father Terence McAlinden 
beginning in the mid 1980s. 
These allegations  date back to 2007, at which time the Diocese responded swiftly and responsibly, 
contrary to the information and interviews published in the article.  At that time, the Diocese took a 
series of actions out of an abundance of concern for the victim, the parish and the public. 
The Diocese has taken the complaints filed by Mr. Naples very seriously since the day they were 
first brought to our attention. The Diocese's own investigation found the charges to be credible and 
Father McAlinden was immediately removed from ministry by then­ Bishop John M. Smith. Father 
McAlinden's priestly faculties were suspended, meaning that he could not celebrate Mass, wear a 
collar or present himself as a priest anywhere.  
 
Only days after Father McAlinden’s removal, Bishop Smith and a team of diocesan officials held a 
town meeting with 1,000 of Father McAlinden's parishioners and reported the allegations against their 
pastor and the actions that were taken.  Repeated appeals were made by the Diocese for anyone 
else who may have suffered abuse by Father McAlinden, or who knew someone who had, to come 
forward.  Press releases were issued to the media, posted to our website and published in our 
diocesan newspaper about the charges against Father McAlinden and his removal.  Every attempt 
was made to inform the public about this case.  
Furthermore, our outreach to Mr. Naples was immediate.  The Diocese’s Victim’s Assistance 
Coordinator met with him and offered to arrange for counseling.  He was also offered the opportunity 
to meet with the Diocesan Review Board.  Instead, he chose to take his case to court – in the State 
of Delaware – and name the Diocese as a culpable party.  We worked hard to try to resolve the case, 
as we have resolved others, but without success. 
Pieces of an oral argument clipped from a transcript and made by an attorney in defending the 
Diocese against Mr. Naples' multi­million dollar lawsuit in Delaware are now being used to obscure 
the very real efforts made by the Diocese on Mr. Naples' behalf. The basis of that lawsuit were two 
incidents that were reported to occur in Delaware when Father McAlinden had taken Mr. Naples on a 
trip. The attorney's position, which related only to those two incidents, was that these were not
church­ related trips, and that Father McAlinden, in the commission of criminal acts, was most 
certainly not acting in his ministerial role as a priest.  The Delaware Supreme Court agreed. 
We also refute Father McAlinden’s reported claim that he is a “retired priest.”  In May, 2011 Bishop 
David M. O'Connell, C.M., permanently removed Father McAlinden from any possibility of public 
ministry or functioning as a priest after reports surfaced that Father McAlinden was continuing to 
celebrate Masses in his home in violation of the order given by Bishop Smith at the time of Father 
McAlinden’s suspension. 
 
Furthermore, the conduct with teens acknowledged by Father McAlinden in his testimony and 
described by him as “standard practice" is anything but “standard.” It is thoroughly reprehensible and 
in no way represents conduct that would ever be condoned by the Diocese of Trenton or the Church 
anywhere.  

The Diocese remains committed to helping Mr. Naples. We renew our offer to work with him to 
resolve this case. 

Once again, we reach out to anyone who may have been abused by Father McAlinden or who has 
any knowledge of such abuse.  You are encouraged to report that abuse to your local law 
enforcement agency, and to the Diocese by calling 1­888­296­2965. 
  
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My Note: A very typical response from a protector and apologist from the RCC.
 

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on July 10, 2014, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Papal Nuncio, Pedophile Priests, Perverted Priests, Pope Benedict, Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, Roman Curia, Uncategorized, Vatican and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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