A Mendham man charged with destroying a memorial for sexual abuse at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church with a sledgehammer has applied for a public defender and has a hearing scheduled for after the new year. Meanwhile, Paterson Diocese officials said Monday that the memorial, a black basalt millstone considered one of a kind because of its location at a Catholic church, would be replaced without significant changes. That statement came one day after the St. Joseph’s pastor, Monsignor Joseph Anginoli, said a replacement would take a different form.

Ken Mullaney, the diocese attorney, said the church pastor wants to add something to the memorial that would be “a symbol of hope for the future,” like a statue of Jesus embracing a child. “He has no intention of replacing the millstone, that’s for sure,” Mullaney said.

Gordon Ellis has been charged with criminal mischief, defacement of property, desecration of a memorial and possession of a weapon, the sledgehammer, for an unlawful purpose.

COMMENT: Well, I think I've had an idea for a replacement memorial which should please (or annoy, of course) everybody involved and which contains an appropriate message. It might even appeal to the bloke who smashed it up.



  1. My thought would be that Mr. Ellis doesn’t want the whole millstone placed about his neck when he’s thrown into the sea. That would certainly explain why the Monsignor wouldn’t want to replace it. *coughs delicately*

  2. Too much meaning to fully process here.

    I’d like to know what the VICTIMS of child sexual abuse (by priests) think of the memorial? Originally, and as “altared” (in several ways)?

  3. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mk. 9:42)

    The victims? They’re RC laity and cloaked in guilt (but I repeat myself). You act as if they are people, JCF, and that they matter. Just ask the Irish catholic laity about how wrong you are.

    (angry and bitter Tim is angry and bitter)