Pope Francis’ appointee to investigate sexual abuse by New York clergy has himself been accused of child sexual abuse. An attorney informed Catholic officials that he is preparing a lawsuit on behalf of a client, Mark Matzek, 56, who alleges Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio molested him in the 1970s while serving as an altar boy at St. Nicholas Church.
Bishop DiMarzio says he emphatically denies the allegations and is “confident” he “will be fully vindicated.”
“In my nearly 50-year ministry as a priest, I have never engaged in unlawful or inappropriate behavior and I emphatically deny this allegation. I am confident I will be fully vindicated.”
DiMarzio has complete his investigation, which has been sent to the Vatican. Matzek’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, is demanding $20 million in compensation for the damages Matzek’s allegedly suffered.