PATERSON, New Jersey (ChurchMilitant.com) - A McCarrick-ordained New Jersey bishop has moved a homosexual priest caught in a risqué photos scandal to a new parish.
On June 13, Bp. Arthur Serratelli of the diocese of Paterson, New Jersey reassigned Fr. Marcin Bradtke to St. Virgil in Morris Plains. He had previously been assigned to Our Lady of the Lake in Sparta. An unpublicized change, however, has Bradtke instead moving to St. Pius X in Montville, a parish with many youth ministry programs (predominantly for grades 9–12). Those programs include monthly meetings, feeding the hungry, caring for those with AIDS and HIV, and retreats with overnight sleep-aways.
In January, Church Militant reported on Bradtke's homosexual relationship with Fr. Dulibber Gonzalez, publishing selfies of the two cuddling and kissing in the rectory at Our Lady of the Lake parish.
After Church Militant's report, Serratelli appeared at Bradtke's parish posing in public photos with the priest, appearing in a show of moral support. Parishioners who have spoken with Church Militant have expressed frustration with Serratelli's inaction against the priests, with one active parishioner quitting and leaving in disgust.
In February, Fr. Gonzalez threatened legal action against Church Militant on copyright grounds for using his images without permission. Church Militant consulted an attorney and replaced the images with a screenshot, removing the copyright claim.
Before Church Militant's January report, multiple queries had been sent to both priests, their pastors, the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the diocese, the Vice-Chancellor/Priest Secretary to the bishop, the Director of Clergy Personnel and Chair of the Presbyteral Council, the Judicial Vicar, and Bp. Serratelli, without any response.
Once the story was published, Serratelli threatened Church Militant with a lawsuit and sent a cease and desist letter demanding the story be removed.
Church Militant did not comply and continues to stand by the veracity of this story.
Serratelli was ordained a bishop September 8, 2000; the principal consecrator was then-Archbishop Theodore Edgar McCarrick.
Contact information for Bp. Serratelli and his executive staff:
Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, STD, SSL, DD
(973) 777-8818 X 246
Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, PhD
Pastor: Corpus Christi, Chatham; Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia
(973) 777-8818 X 205
Rev. T. Kevin Corcoran
Vice-Chancellor/Priest Secretary to Bishop
(973) 777-8818 X 206
Rev. Msgr. John E. Hart, JCL
Pastor, Assumption of BVM, Morristown; Director of Clergy Personnel; Chair, Presbyteral Council
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Kurtyka, JCD, PA
Pastor: St. Paul, Prospect Park/Judicial Vicar
(973) 777-8818 X 229