Unpublished Sandy Hook Files: Rev. John Castaldo’s Tenure at the Bridgeport Diocese

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Adam Lanza and his mother, Nancy Lanza were attendees of St. St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, which is located about just about a mile and half away from Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Newtown, like Fairfield and Stamford, is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport, which got into legal trouble in 2001 due to lawsuits by 23 victims of pedophilia committed by priests.

In 2005, the “Connecticut Post” reported that a lawsuit in Connecticut Superior court was proceeding against the Diocese of Bridgeport. The lawsuit claimed that the church hierarchy failed to protect children from a man named Rev. John Castaldo, who was also accused of sexually molesting one of the altar boys.

Also named as defendants was the estate of the late Walter W. Curtis, bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport from September 1961 through June 1988, and Cardinal Edward Egan, later an Archbishop of New York, who was at that time, the Bridgeport bishop from 1988 through May 2000.

During a similar civil trial in federal court in New Haven in 1997, Egan, testifying by videotape, claimed that neither he nor the 268 priests in the Diocese of Bridgeport are diocesan employees.  “Every priest, like every minister or every rabbi, is self-employed,” he said. That testimony so upset parishioners that Egan wrote a letter, which was read at Mass in every church in the diocese, to explain his testimony.

Nonetheless, Rev. John Castaldo was then reassigned to St. Rose of Lima in Newtown until 2000.  It has been alleged that Adam Lanza did attend Sandy Hook elementary school, but was pulled out due to bullying by other students. Did Adam’s mother, Nancy Lanza then enroll him at the private school at St. Rose of Lima?

In 2001, John Castaldo, later was re-assigned to as Director of Trinity Catholic High
School. Not long thereafter, he was was sentenced to one weekend in jail and five years probation for having sexually explicit online conversations with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy. He has since been sued for sexual molestation. Castaldo was
eventually defrocked in 2001.

Castaldo then bounced around on new assignments, probably due to the accusations against him. A few years later, in 2004,  Castaldo was sued by a “John Doe” alleging sexual molestation at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull, Connecticut which is also part of the Diocese of Bridgeport. That case was settled in 2005. The amount of that settlement was kept secret. In that case, Castaldo admitted in a deposition to having a “sickness” before and during his assignment to St. Theresa’s.

In 2010, in another lawsuit, the Courts issued a judgment against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. The judgment was only issued after the diocese did not comply with the judge’s order to turn over hundreds of secret documents purporting to detail abuse of children by priests at St. Theresa’s Church.

Shortly thereafter, a fourth lawsuit filed against the Bridgeport Diocese by other people who claimed they were also abused by John Castaldo.

Castaldo also worked at least four other parishes that fell under the rule of the Bridgeport
Diocese. St. Mark’s in Stratford (1992-1994), St. Edward the Confessor in New Fairfield (1994-1998), St. Rose of Lima in Newtown (1998-2000), St. Maurice’s in Stamford (2000-2001), and Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford (1984-1986, when it was known as Stamford Catholic, and again from 1999-2001).

When known Catholic pedophile priest Castaldo was “working” in Newtown, CT, the accused shooter Adam Lanza would’ve been 7 years old. Like most Catholic priest rape victims, Adam Lanza may have remained silent his whole life, trying to deal with the incomprehensible psychological trauma of thinking he was being stabbed to death by “Christ on earth”, as these priests like to call themselves, while he was being raped.

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Unpublished Sandy Hook Files: Rev. John Castaldo’s Tenure at the Bridgeport Diocese

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