In an earlier case on behalf of a man named Justin Hoffman, a NJ suit had been filed in May 2019 naming Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as a defendant during his time as the Bishop of Camden, for his part in covering-up and facilitating the activities of an alleged serial sex offender priest named Brendan Sullivan, now deceased. In that case it is alleged that as Bishop, DiMarzio failed in his duty to warn and protect children under his care
Hoffman's claims follow a pattern that involved Bishop DiMarzio in the matter of another serial abuser priest. In that older case, Philadelphia's Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua threw Bishop DiMarzio and the Camden Dioceses under the bus in a case involving a multiple offender priest named John P. Connor, who had served under Bevilacqua both in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia --- Bevilacqua claimed that when Connor had transferred from Camden, NJ to Bevilacqua's Diocese in Pittsburgh, they did not inform the Pittsburgh Diocese about Connor's history as an admitted offender in Camden --- in the end, Connor returned and served under DiMarzio in Camden before his voluntary withdrawal from the priesthood
Even though the Hoffman case was widely reported upon back in May in the Camden and Philadelphia area, there was hardly a ripple back in Brooklyn or in the NYC media, in spite of DiMarzio's having been named as a defendant, DiMarzio's allegedly having been actively involved in the cover-up of the priest's activities, and DiMarzio's failure to respond to press inquiries at the time the suit was filed..
Since DiMarzio is a Bishop in Brooklyn and had been the Papal selection to investigate and report on the Buffalo Diocese priest sex abuse scandal, the local Brooklyn press as well as the city-wide papers need to pursue all of DiMarzio's litigation coming out of his time as a priest and bishop in various New Jersey Dioceses.
As the movie "Spotlight" clearly demonstrated, the bigger picture of the bigger problem of the institutional corruption of the Roman Catholic Church requires the press to connect the dots and show the overall pattern, rather than look at each case individually.
Once DiMarzio's whole history, or even a big chunk of it, becomes part of the public record, he and his supporters won't be able to claim that he has a good record when it comes to dealing with priestly sexual abuse and/or relations with the victims of priestly sexual abuse and the Church's cover-ups of those cases.