August 16, 2018
I write to you today in reference to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report released this past Tuesday. One of the names included in the report is that of Father Greg Uhrig, who serves at Our Lady of Lourdes and in the Diocese of Metuchen. While he was alerted in May of his inclusion, he was forbidden by the Grand Jury to speak on this serious matter before the release of the report Aug. 14.
I want to make you aware, in case you are not, that the allegation noted in the report was previously addressed and resolved.
In 2010 - at the time that the allegation was first received - it was reported to law enforcement in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Father Uhrig was placed on leave from priestly ministry in October 2010 and prohibited from engaging in any ministry of any kind until the matter was fully investigated, determined and resolved
Father Uhrig went through a canonical trial which concluded that the charge was not proven. This was publicly reported at the time of Father's subsequent return to ministry. After reviewing the facts of the trial, the Holy See's Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith accepted the court's decision and declared it a closed matter.
I ask that you refer to the Diocesan statement explaining the handling of the allegation, including the canonical trial process, and the reinstatement letter from then-Bishop Paul Bootkoski, who is now retired. Should you have any further questions about this matter, please contact Erin Friedlander at (732) 562-2463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join me in praying for all victims of abuse, that they may have the courage to report the crime to law enforcement and to seek the necessary help that will lead to healing.
In Christ Jesus Our Lord,
Fr. Len Rusay