St Philomena Roman Catholic Church Rev John J Laferrera

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voice for the children

Chester, PA

#1 Sep 13, 2009
Alligation were made, that father laferrera of st Philomena livingston had sexual misconduct with a minor in late 70's early 80's.
Today at the Catherdral in Newark there was a letter handed out stating the abuse took place when Father Laferrera was a parish priest at Immaculate Conception Parish in Newark. This is very disturbing and should be investigated because he does support the BSA and Parents should be on alert. Parishoners should question these alligations to keep our children safe.

The diocese still proceded to honor Laferrera even know they were made aware of these alligations without any investigation. We must put a stop to this evil that has infotrated the catholic church. Speak up and let your voices be herd so our children can have a chance to be abuse free...
voice for the children

Chester, PA

#2 Sep 13, 2009
just to add. After googling I have descoverd that St Philomena is in association with aquinas academy. Please parents talk to your children and ask questions. You can never be to safe.
fact checker

Oyster Bay, NY

#3 Sep 14, 2009
voice for the children wrote:
Alligation were made, that father laferrera of st Philomena livingston had sexual misconduct with a minor in late 70's early 80's.
Today at the Catherdral in Newark there was a letter handed out stating the abuse took place when Father Laferrera was a parish priest at Immaculate Conception Parish in Newark. This is very disturbing and should be investigated because he does support the BSA and Parents should be on alert. Parishoners should question these alligations to keep our children safe.
The diocese still proceded to honor Laferrera even know they were made aware of these alligations without any investigation. We must put a stop to this evil that has infotrated the catholic church. Speak up and let your voices be herd so our children can have a chance to be abuse free...
Get all of the facts before you make a dumbass post. This incident has been investigated and this priest has been cleared of all charges. It is because of idiots like you that destroy innocent lives. Why don't you go out tomorrow and accuse your boss of sexual harrassment just for sh*ts and giggles
Voice for the children

Chester, PA

#4 Sep 14, 2009
Investigated by who? Cleared by who? and what about the lives that have been destroyed because they were sexual abused. Should I be more specific? Anally raped, masterbated, oral rape, lied to, groomed by there perps collar, etc...
if you go to wwww.bishopsaccountability.org you will see the lives that have been destroyed. The children that are now adults that have been lied to and souls that have been stolen. Are you that blind that you have no clue of what has been happening with cardinals, bishops, pastors, etc... and how they covered up for fellow priest, moved them around and even changed there names. These are facts. So bottom line is this post was not "dumbass" rather you are just blinded and uneducated because of your blindness or you are one of those people covering up for these sick people.

By the way let me know who investigated these alligations and cleared this man of these alligations I would love to hear your facts.
Voice for the children

Chester, PA

#5 Sep 14, 2009
Dont want anybody to call me a "dumbass". Correction

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/
Jim Goodness

United States

#6 Sep 15, 2009
The allegation was presented to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. The investigation was conducted by the Archdiocesan Review Board, a group of individuals with backgrounds in law enforcement, law, investigation and clinical work. The board interviewed a number of individuals related to the allegation, and the information they uncovered did not support the allegation that was brought against this priest.
voice for the children

Chester, PA

#7 Sep 15, 2009
Jim ,

So the "review board" cleared this priest of these alligations? Do you know if the victim was interviewed infront of the entire board? Do you know if the victim went to the review board or if the review board requested and interview after the Essex County Prosecutors office was informed? Do you know who reported this alligation to the Essex County prosicutor? and who would the review board interview in relations to this alligation?

Can you tell me more about other priest that alligations have been made agianst or is this instense the only one?

Also the Prosicutors office would have no say because most likely the statue of limitations is protecting the wrong person. It is not protecting the child that the man was and can not let go of.
voice for the children

Chester, PA

#8 Sep 15, 2009
Below is a direct quote from :::
More alleged victims of Jersey City priest's sex abuse come forward
by Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal
Monday August 24, 2009, 4:36 PM

"Archdiocese of Newark spokesman Jim Goodness said today that the archdiocese informed the Servants of the Paraclete, who operated the counseling center in New Mexico, about Sita's background and church officials here assumed that the Servants made that information available to the Jefferson City Diocese, however there is no way of knowing what the bishop there was told."

This article I just recently read made me think of Jim Goodness. Im not sure if you are the same person but if you are the problem is right in the direct quote from the spokesman for the newark diocese Jim Goodness. "assumed" so i ask, arent we one church/religion. Assuming is just the same as washing your hands clean. Pushing the problem around in hopes it will go away. Sorta like a game of hot potato. So please do not answer my previos questions because if you are this same jim goodness i and many others see through you and see that you are in damage control. Good luck with trying to save what is left. Your words fall upon deaf ears. I would much rather you say from now on , no comment.

Since: Sep 09

United States

#9 Sep 16, 2009
The review board interviewed the individual who made the allegation in person. They also interviewed other individuals whom the person who had made the allegation suggested would know about the allegations. Those individuals said that what was claimed didn't happen.

I won't speak about any other allegations. I made the report directly to the Essex County Prosecutor.
John A

Flushing, NY

#10 Sep 16, 2009
I have know the accused priest for over 30 years and can attest to his high moral character and judgement. He comes from a strong and large family who love him very much. He has done more good for people than the majority of people in this world.
The accuser has now twice accused different priests of this behavior. The first accustation was unfounded. I find it hard to believe that the same person had this happen twice to them. Where has he/she been for the last 30 years?
We live in a country where people are innocent until proven guilty no? This seems to be a plea to get some hush money from the church by the accuser.
voice for the children

Chester, PA

#11 Sep 16, 2009
John True you are "we live in a country where people are inocent untill proven guilty". This is why they are called alligations. A question I have for you John A is, If a person comes from a large family and has done lots of good for people does that automaticaly make the alligation untrue? As for victims being abused by more then one abuser, you need to do some research on known cases where multible abusers were guilty towards one victim. I personally was only abused by one priest not two or three and in some cases like the case from Philedelphia where a boy was brought to a bath house and passed around to multiple abusers. I am sure this accused priest was nice to many people, but the alligations were not made by the ones he did good things for. The victims are ones he did bad things for and it would only be natural that they are the ones who speak up. This is why we are in the crisis we are in today. because somany knew of what was happening and dont say anything because he is "father" and "does so much good".
No hush money, first of all the church by law cannot offer hush money anymore(which they have many, many, many times in the past) and second it is not about the money it is about getting the life of victims back...
voice for the children

Chester, PA

#12 Sep 16, 2009
Jim Goodness wrote:
The review board interviewed the individual who made the allegation in person. They also interviewed other individuals whom the person who had made the allegation suggested would know about the allegations. Those individuals said that what was claimed didn't happen.
I won't speak about any other allegations. I made the report directly to the Essex County Prosecutor.
Well let us see. We know that the average age for someone to come forward about being abused as achild is mid 30's. We also know that if someone is not ready to deal with there experience as a child, then they will not. Also how intimedating would it be to get a call from the church out of the blue(if the victim doest know where these others are then how does the church?) pretty interesting I would say. Like I said before "damage control"...
John A

Clinton, NJ

#13 Sep 16, 2009
You cannot just go around making accusations about people. We live in a lawful society. If we picketed in front of your home saying something terrible but untrue about you, that would be an accusation as well. There are proper ways to handle something like this. Go through the authorities. That's it.

Just because you know that the church isn't giving out any more cash doesn't mean eveyone else knows that. You can't just take the law into your own hands. There are good people in the world and priests are included in that.

I know there have been way too many instances of this problem and it is truly sad. I am in no way trying to minimize that this behavior is very wrong.
voice for the children wrote:
John True you are "we live in a country where people are inocent untill proven guilty". This is why they are called alligations. A question I have for you John A is, If a person comes from a large family and has done lots of good for people does that automaticaly make the alligation untrue? As for victims being abused by more then one abuser, you need to do some research on known cases where multible abusers were guilty towards one victim. I personally was only abused by one priest not two or three and in some cases like the case from Philedelphia where a boy was brought to a bath house and passed around to multiple abusers. I am sure this accused priest was nice to many people, but the alligations were not made by the ones he did good things for. The victims are ones he did bad things for and it would only be natural that they are the ones who speak up. This is why we are in the crisis we are in today. because somany knew of what was happening and dont say anything because he is "father" and "does so much good".
No hush money, first of all the church by law cannot offer hush money anymore(which they have many, many, many times in the past) and second it is not about the money it is about getting the life of victims back...
voice for the children

Chester, PA

#14 Sep 17, 2009
John,
I appreciate this conversation we are having. I would hope that you do not support the Statue of Limitations in the state of NJ. The law is supposed to protect everyone. The law in this perticular case has limited the man who made these alligations. Yes the victim, and yes these are alligations.
Leafliting and presenting information about Child Sexual Abuse is the same as several thounsands of people marching washington for what ever cause they are trying to get across.
Walking infront of my home has no value as choosing locations and times that would reach the largest audience. The bottom line is EDUCATION, there is plenty of documented proof(convictions, confessions and documents) that trust has been invaded by priest. We must as good God bearing citizens (victims and nonvictims alike) Speak up and protect our children and assist the victims. If you are truely innocent untill proven guilty and you know you are innocent then the ones that have been alledged to have done such horrific crimes should stand up and charge the BULL. If you do not support child abuse(and I hope noone would) then speak up. When it comes to clergy most people will turn a blind eye. FATHER is a good man, FATHER has helped me in so many ways, FATHER is a man of GOD, FATHER would never do such a thing.
I can see through your post that you are a good person and that you have known this perticular priest for many years. Well let me say to you, My family for years thought my abuser was a good man because of "ALL THE GOOD FATHER DID" and friends at first could not believe it because "FATHER DID SUCH GOOD". I am not saying all glergy are bad but that there are "GOOD" ones that can do such evil things. These evil people know that they are doing evil and that is why they would never talk about it like they would talk about "how can I help you with your mothers death, childs death, rocky relationship, addictions, church fuctions, abortion, gay relationships, greed, poverty". These examples are excepted by society to be talk about but to talk about how these evil people enjoy sexual contact with children is not and unless they want to go to jail asap they will never do so. So it is understandable how most people that come in contact with these evil people will have good experiences. The people that have good experiences are not part of there secret life of sexual desire with children the victims are.
It is sad that the churches(all religions) have been effected so deeply.
rev robert hoatson

West Orange, NJ

#15 Sep 25, 2009
Jim Goodness reported the allegation to the Essex County Prosecutor. He never says that the allegation is too old for the prosecutor to investigate. Why does the public not call for the laws regarding child abuse to change so the allegation in this case can be verified and prosecuted by appropriate authorities. Jim Goodness, the "doctor of Archdiocesan spin," needs to tell the whole story.
As for the Review Board, the only reason this allegation was found to be uncorroborated is because there has only been one victim...so far. The Archdiocese loves when there is only one victim because it gives them the "out." They can say (wrongly and unfairly) that "it's the priest's word against the victim's." They have an obligation to conduct a thorough investigation, but they don't. And, if they claim their investigation is thorough, they need to tell the public what the investigation consists of, what and whom they
The Archdiocese of Newark is responsible for having independent people investigate, not the "Archbishop appointed" Review Board. Besides, the Review Board did not interview the victim. A group of three (3) members interviewed the victim. That hardly constitutes a quorum to make a finding on such a critical issue.
Did the Archdiocese go to Immaculate Conception Parish in Newark to ask the parishioners if they have any information about their former parish priest? NO! The victim will do so this weekend.
Did the Archdiocese of Newark advertise for more victims of this alleged perpetrator to come forward? NO!
Did the Archdiocese of Newark tell the victim and his lawyer WHY the claims that were reported were not corroborated? NO!
Did the Archdiocese follow the mandates of the United States Bishops' Charter to protect children? NO, because one allegation is supposed to be enough to have a priest removed.
Unless and until the Archdiocese of Newark uses independent investigators for its cases against priests, there is NO reason to believe it.
Jim Goodness is a paid Church "spin doctor." His job is to mislead!
Shame on the Archdiocese of Newark!
PLEASE SUPPORT THE ABUSED!
Gino

Elizabeth, NJ

#16 Oct 6, 2009
fact checker wrote:
<quoted text> Get all of the facts before you make a dumbass post. This incident has been investigated and this priest has been cleared of all charges. It is because of idiots like you that destroy innocent lives. Why don't you go out tomorrow and accuse your boss of sexual harrassment just for sh*ts and giggles
I could NOT AGREE MORE with you... Find out what's what before posting this crap
fred norton

Livingston, NJ

#17 Oct 31, 2009
Maybe someone can explain to me why it takes 30 years before someone comes forward to accuse a priest of sexual misconduct. I have four daughters and a granddaughter. If such abuse were brought to my attention, and I did nothing to address the issue, I would feel as if I were as guilty as the cleric if the abuse continued and I put my head in the sand. Secondly, priest or no priest, I would be at the local police department immediately.
needs the truth

Caldwell, NJ

#18 Nov 8, 2009
It is Nov. 2009...has anything else been discovered about Father John Laferrera? We have known him many
years...I hope this is not true.
fred norton

Livingston, NJ

#19 Nov 8, 2009
Is it because of our own sins that we hope to find the sin in others? The evil men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones. Crucify Him, crucify Him!!! Why? What evil has He done? I see the man as a dedicated priest; for me, that is enough for now.
fred norton

Livingston, NJ

#20 Nov 13, 2009
Recently, I saw a picture in the Star-Ledger showing Governor Corsine, Governor Elect Christie and Archbishop Meyers joining hands in a "photo shoot". With all respect to Archbishop Meyers, I felt uncomfortable seeing the Archbishop joining hands with a man who supports the killing of the innocent. What kind of impression does such a picture convey to Pro-Choice Catholics? I would not think that the Archbishop would join hands with Dr. Kevorkian. Corsine is not only pro-abortion, pro-partial birth abortion, pro stem cell research, but also pro gay and lesbian marriage. The Archbishop should have politely refused to be a part of the "shoot". I truly believe that Archbishop Meyers was used by the liberal press. I am also fearful of the potential backlash the picture may have.

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