"The primary task of a chancellor in the Roman Catholic Church is to serve as the chief record keeper of the diocese. In that capacity, Ciangio oversees files that date back to 1853 and are kept in an array of deep metal cabinets at the archdiocese offices on Clifton Avenue in Newark, as well as at Seton Hall University.
The Caldwell resident is presiding over those documents at a precarious moment in the history of the Catholic Church: The investigation of priests for alleged sexual misconduct across New Jersey is underway. And calls about predator priests have been pouring in since this summer's Pennsylvania grand jury report.
We are searching through the files for criminality. We are getting the information out and complying with all the requests. We've reported everything to the Prosecutor's Office," Ciangio said firmly, adding that there are fewer than 10 investigations from the diocese that are actively being pursued and it's unknown when they will be completed..."