Editor's note: Bishop Serratelli threatened to sue Church Militant over publication of this article, sending a cease and desist letter ordering that we take the article down. Church Militant stands by the veracity of this report.
In spite of repeated requests for comment or explanation over the course of several weeks, the bishop, priests and various diocesan personnel involved in this report refused to explain these priests' relationship or reassure Church Militant that the bishop would investigate the matter. As of press time, both priests remain in active ministry, supported by laity money.
Intimate photos of two priests in the diocese of Paterson, New Jersey reveal a questionable relationship that sources say the local ordinary is ignoring. Church Militant obtained a series of selfies taken by the two priests, along with a screenshot of the source's email alerting Bp. Arthur Serratelli in November.
Father Dulibber G. Gonzalez and Fr. Marcin Bradtke have reportedly been friends since before their respective ordinations. Father Gonzalez was ordained in May of 2018, and Fr. Bradtke was ordained in May of 2016.
The string of intimate selfies were allegedly taken at Fr. Bradtke's parish in May of 2018, right after Fr. Gonzalez's ordination.
Church Militant contacted both priests, their respective 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 himself. We received no response, although shortly after contacting Fr. Gonzalez, he deleted one of his two Facebook accounts. (A day after this story went to press, Bradtke made his Facebook account private, and Gonzalez deleted his Facebook account altogether -Ed.)
Father Bradtke was born in Poland and grew up there. In 2007, he entered the seminary in Kraków, earning his master's degree in 2014. He arrived in the United States sometime toward the end of 2014 and was ordained a deacon in May of 2015. As a deacon, Bradtke was assigned to St. Vincent Martyr in Madison, and after his ordaination he was assigned to Our Lady of the Lake in Sparta, his currentl assignment.
Father Gonzalez arrived in the United States at the end of 2015, studying English as a second language at Rutgers University. He lived at Bartimaeus House in Boonton while studying English at Rutgers and completed theology studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut in 2017. He has served as transitional deacon at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Branchville, and after his priestly ordination in 2018, he was assigned to St. Anthony of Padua in Passaic.
Father Gonzalez reportedly remained at St. Anthony of Padua for only a few months and was then transferred to St. Therese in Succasunna, after his pastor allegedly discovered his relationship with Fr. Bradtke. Church Militant reached out to the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua for comment and received no response.
The selfies were sent by a source to Bp. Serratelli and several members of his administrative staff on November 21, 2018, informing him that these photos would be sent to Church Militant if nothing is done. To date, Bp. Serratelli has never responded, and both Fr. Bradtke and Fr. Gonzalez remain at their assignments in good standing with the diocese.
The source told Church Militant that Fr. Gonzalez and Fr. Bradtke went on a trip together to Europe in early January. When Church Militant reached out to Fr. Gonzalez for comment on January 8, an automatic reply indicated he was on a trip and would not be returning until January 14. On Fr. Bradtke's Facebook page, he tagged himself at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on January 7.
In August 2018, Church Militant produced a special report titled "Episcopal Sodomy: Gay Seminarian Pipeline" revealing that Bp. Serratelli and Bp. Mansell of the diocese of Hartford, Connecticut were known to be bringing homosexual seminarians into the Church in the United States:
Former seminarians tell Church Militant that the involvement of Mansell and Serratelli in moving around gay seminarians became well known by Church officials as both these bishops had large numbers of seminarians within their dioceses, and they needed to scatter them around in different seminaries so as not to draw too much attention to their exceptionally high number when the Church in the United States was experiencing a massive drop in the numbers of seminarians.
The South American homosexual pipeline was exposed by Fr. John Lavers, hired by Holy Apostles Seminary in 2012 to investigate the matter, which led to the expulsion of multiple seminarians. Holy Apostles has publicly confirmed the existence of the investigation and its results.
Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy which is a special gift of God by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and are able to dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and humanity.
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
1/23/2019: This report was updated with news that Fr. Bradtke deleted his Facebook account after this article was published, and Fr. Gonzalez deleted his account altogether.