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NEWARK, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Mothers with young families continue to protest outside Cdl. Joseph Tobin's chancery, hoping for a canonical investigation into the New Jersey prelate's potential crimes related to sex abuse cover-up.
A group of parents, joined by others, has been protesting outside of the archdiocese of Newark's cathedral on a regular basis. The group, Rebuild My Church: NJ Catholics Against Sexual Abuse, is demanding an independent investigation into civil and ecclesiastical crimes committed in the archdiocese.
Church Militant spoke with one of the protesters, who said, "Our support has been growing," noting many abuse victims and New Jersey State Senator Joseph Vitale attended the protest on Sunday. The protests are usually attended by "tons of children" but many of the children were kept out of the cold and rain on Sunday.
The Archdiocese has since 2002 reported all accusations of child sexual abuse to the appropriate county prosecutors in New Jersey, per the guidelines established by a Memorandum of Understanding among the NJ Attorney General, the New Jersey Catholic Dioceses, and the county prosecutors. We will cooperate with the task force that the NJ Attorney General recently announced.
On Thursday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the creation of a task force to investigate priestly sex abuse and cover-up. The goal of this task force is to present evidence to a state grand jury with the authority to subpoena documents and call witnesses.
"There are some Catholics who feel like their job is done when it has just begun," the protester said.
They plan on continuing the protests, saying, "The most important message here is that there is something wrong and that we will remain because we love the Church."
Anyone wishing to join the protests or volunteer to help spread the word to other New Jersey Catholics can find more information on their Facebook page.