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Delaware Clergy Abuse

Delaware Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against the Roman Catholic Church Archdioceses

Sexual assault of Catholic adults and children committed by Priests, Deacons, Pastors, Bishops, Brothers, and Sisters often requires corrupting the sacred trust between a parishioner and their religious leader. Many victims are harmed by Vincentians, Franciscans, Jesuits, and Christian Brothers in charge of providing them guidance and care to strengthen their faith.

Unfortunately, historically, Church Officials, including the Pope, Cardinals, and Bishops, have turned a blind eye to avoid taking any action to protect the innocent. Many predatory priests have lived and worked among parishioners who have been unaware of their atrocious sexual misconduct.

Some sexually assaulted victims find the great courage required to speak out and identify the one that caused them harm. If you were injured,  a clergy abuse lawyer from the compassionate network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help you or a loved one with legal assistance involving surviving sexual abuse.

Our caring team understands the pain you are feeling and the bravery it takes to talk to others openly about what occurred. Our clergy sexual injury attorneys are here to listen to your story. We use our comprehensive knowledge of Delaware tort law and build your case to ensure that the sexual perpetrator faces their consequences for what they did.

Clergy Sexual Assault – An Ongoing Problem

In 2018, the Department of Justice in Delaware began investigating priests and others working at the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. In September of that year, the Delaware Attorney General’s Office subpoenaed the diocese for records, including documents of abusive religious leaders who were part of the Diocese of Wilmington bankruptcy settlement in 2011. Some of the files revealed that the church had been covering up clergy sexual assault cases involving innocent victims dating back to the mid-1950s.

The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault

Sexual assaulting anyone can cause lifelong devastation that negatively alters the surviving victim’s well-being. Children and adults who have been sexually assaulted can suffer from significant sleeping disorders, ongoing depression, substance abuse, self-injury, and suicide, including suicidal ideation (thinking about suicide). Young children and teenage victims might develop negative eating habits, begin living an over-sexualized lifestyle, or engage in any form of risky behavior.

Justice for Victims

In 2011, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington in Delaware paid out over $77 million to resolve 142 claims filed by victims of sexual assault committed by priests. Some survivors received up to $3 million each due to the severity of the crime.

The payout came two years after the diocese filed for bankruptcy after being financially overwhelmed by the mounting claims of sexual assault committed by clergymen that occurred from the 1950s forward.

The multimillion-dollar settlement was part of the collective $2 billion paid out to victims of sexual assault committed by religious leaders in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. One victim alleges to have been sexually assaulted by Father Francis DeLuca in the 1960s when the survivor was a teenage boy.

He received $3 million as a part of the settlement to resolve a case filed against Saint Elizabeth Parish in Delaware.

Delaware Roman Catholic Church Diocese

In Delaware, the Catholic Church is the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide. The Diocese of Wilmington and its Bishop manage seventy-five parishes and twenty-one Catholic schools across Delaware (listed below). The Church provides services to hundreds of thousands of registered Catholics living in three counties.

Delaware Diocese

Catholic Diocese of Wilmington
1626 N Union St
Wilmington, DE 19806
(302) 573-3100
Bishop: W. Francis Malooly
Cathedral: Cathedral of St Peter

Delaware Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers are Ready to Help

Our network of attorneys understands the challenging situation of speaking out about what occurred by a shameful clergy member. We know how powerful the church is at fighting back to say they have done nothing wrong.

However, with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, working on your behalf, you will never be alone. We will work aggressively to ensure your shocking story will be heard before settling your case or when presenting evidence in front of a judge and jury.

Let us begin working on your case today. Speak out and allow us to file a lawsuit on your behalf. Your action can help ensure no one is ever abused or sexually assaulted by religious authorities again. We will obtain financial compensation for you and your family and protect your rights.

Contact us now at (888) 424-5757. All information you share during an initial, free consultation concerning your case will remain confidential.

All Delaware Parishes:

  • Cathedral of St. Peter
  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Church of the Holy Child Catholic Parish
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Church
  • Holy Angels Catholic Church
  • Holy Cross Catholic Parish
  • Holy Family Catholic Church
  • Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
  • Holy Redeemer (Mission of St. Francis de Sales)
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church
  • Holy Savior (Mission of St. Mary Star of the Sea)
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
  • Mary Mother of Peace (Mission of St. Michael the Archangel)
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mission of St. Ann’s)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
  • Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Parish
  • Parish of the Resurrection Catholic Church
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Parish
  • St. Agnes (Mission of Good Shepherd)
  • St. Andrew (Mission of St. Luke)
  • St. Ann Catholic Church
  • St. Ann Catholic Parish
  • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
  • St. Benedict Catholic Parish
  • St. Bernadette (Mission of St. John the Apostle)
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Parish
  • St. Christopher Catholic Church
  • St. Dennis Catholic Church
  • St. Edmond Catholic Parish
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
  • St. Elizabeth (Mission of Holy Name of Jesus)
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Mission of St. Benedict)
  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
  • St. Francis Xavier Shrine-Old Bohemia (Mission of St. Joseph, Middletown)
  • St. Hedwig Catholic Church
  • St. Helena Catholic Parish
  • St. John (Mission of Sacred Heart)
  • St. John Neumann Catholic Parish
  • St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish
  • St. John the Beloved Catholic Church
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish (Mission of Ss. Peter & Paul)
  • St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Parish
  • St. Jude (Mission of Immaculate Conception)
  • St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church
  • St. Luke Catholic Church
  • St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Parish
  • St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church
  • St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
  • St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish
  • St. Mary Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Parish
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea (Mission of St. Mary Refuge of Sinners)
  • St. Matthew Catholic Church
  • St. Michael Catholic Parish (Mission of Ss. Peter & Paul)
  • St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church
  • St. Patrick Catholic Parish (Inactive Mission of Church of the Good Shepherd)
  • St. Paul Catholic Church
  • St. Paul Catholic Parish
  • St. Peter Catholic Parish (Mission of Our Mother of Sorrows)
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
  • St. Polycarp Catholic Parish
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish (Mission of St. Joseph, Middletown)
  • St. Teresa Catholic Parish (Mission of Good Shepherd)
  • St. Thomas More Oratory Catholic Church
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

Delaware Catholic Schools:

  • Saint Christopher’s Preschool, Queen Ann’s County
  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Preschool, New Castle County
  • Saint Mary’s Preschool, New Castle County
  • The Academy at Saint Polycarp Catholic School, Kent County
  • All Saints Catholic School, New Castle County
  • Christ the Teacher Catholic School, New Castle County
  • Good Shepherd Catholic School, Cecil County
  • Holy Angels School, New Castle County
  • Holy Cross School, Kent County
  • Immaculate Conception School, Cecil County
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary School, New Castle County
  • Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, Worcester County
  • Saint Ann School, New Castle County
  • Saint Anthony of Padua School, New Castle County
  • Saint Elizabeth Lower School, New Castle County
  • Saint Francis de Sales School, Wicomico County
  • Saint John the Beloved School, New Castle County
  • Saint Mary Magdalen School, New Castle County
  • Saint Peter Cathedral School, New Castle County
  • Saint Peter the Apostle School, New Castle County
  • Saints Peter & Paul Elementary School, Talbot County
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