Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark
Religious Order: Jesuit
In 12/10 testimony before NJ Senate Judiciary Comm., one man said he was abused by Pecklers and a deacon while a teenager in 1976 at St. Paul’s in Jersey City. Pecklers was only 17 or 18 himself at beginning and was music director. Abuse went on for almost 1 yr. Pecklers is now Jesuit scholar on staff at Pontifical Gregorian Univ., Rome. Plaintiff settled with Diocese in 2008. When asked about allegation, Pecklers said no abuse because he was a minor himself at the time. He is still active priest as of 7/14.
Star Ledger 12.12.10; SNAP Statement 12.13.10; SNAP Statement 12.14.10; Jersey Journal 01.09.12; SNAP Statement 07.03.14; http://bishop-accountability.org/