Joseph Anthony Galante
|Joseph Anthony Galante|
|Bishop Emeritus of Camden|
|See||Camden, New Jersey|
|In office||2004 – 2013|
|Predecessor||Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio|
|Successor||Dennis J. Sullivan|
|Ordination||May 16, 1964|
|Born||July 2, 1938
|Previous post||Bishop of Beaumont
Coadjutor Bishop of Dallas
Joseph Anthony Galante
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
Life and career
Born in Philadelphia, Galante attended Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood (where he received his BA in 1960), and the Pontifical Lateran University (where he received his doctorate in canon law in 1968) in Rome. Galante was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1964.
In a 2011 letter to Catholics in his diocese, he announced that he was suffering from chronic kidney disease caused by diabetes, but indicated that he could continue to serve as Bishop of Camden. In 2012 he requested to resign for health reasons, and served until his resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on January 8, 2013.
On April 2, 2008, Galante announced large scale mergers and closings of half of the parishes in the Camden diocese.
In January 2011, parishioners of the closed St Mary's Church of Malaga NJ re-entered the church and began an around-the-clock vigil that attracted regional and national media attention.
Involvement in the Vati-Con scandal
On July 18, 2008 the New York Post reported Galante's involvement in the so-called Vati-Con scandal involving Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri, billionaire investor Ronald Burkle and Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway. The Post reports that Bishop Galante sold Follieri a private beach house for $400,000 in 2007 and that one of Galante's priests misrepresented himself to potential investors. At the time Follieri was negotiating with the Diocese of Camden and other North American Roman Catholic dioceses to buy churches with Burkle money and sell the properties for later profit. In October, 2008, Follieri pleaded guilty to charges, and Manhattan Federal Judge John Koeltl imposed a 4 1/2 year prison sentence. The Galante/Follieri beach house in North Wildwood, New Jersey was put back on the market in 2008 and sold almost two years later for $310,000. As of January 2013[update], Galante does not face any charges related to the scandal.
- Emily Babay (January 8, 2013). "New bishop 'delighted' to lead Camden diocese". philly.com.
- "Renegade parishioners defy order to close church", The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- "A Deal with the Devil", New York Post, July 18, 2008
- Fletcher, Juliet. "N. Wildwood condo sale links bishop, accused developer / Galante property buyer had Vatican endorsement", The Press of Atlantic City, July 17, 2008. Accessed May 28, 2013. "When Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph Galante decided to put a North Wildwood townhome up for sale in 2006, the head of the Camden diocese dropped it into conversations he had with a jet-setting Italian developer."
- Zillow.com 749 W Oak Ave., North Wildwood NJ.
|Catholic Church titles|
Bernard J. Ganter
|Bishop of Beaumont (Texas)
Curtis J. Guillory
Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio
|Bishop of Camden (New Jersey)
Dennis J. Sullivan