Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Pennsylvania passed new legislation in December of 2019, improving the laws for survivors of sexual abuse. Below you will find Pennsylvania lawsuits news & updates, as well as additional information on Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling a Pennsylvania sexual assault case has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of Pennsylvania settlements and jury awards received by sexual abuse and assault survivors and a list of Pennsylvania’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by the dioceses.
Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
Pennsylvania was previously viewed as one of the least friendly states when it came to its statute of limitations laws (SOLs) for sex crimes against minors. However, PA legislators in November of 2019 reformed the childhood sex abuse laws. Of the 4 new recommendations set forth by the government, 3 new bills were passed and signed into law. Read more below.
Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws for Pennsylvania
In 2005 Pennsylvania extended its SOL to age 50 for crimes related to sexual abuse involving a minor, but prior to the November 2019 reforms, was one of the only states that hadn’t eliminated it completely for felonies. The new bill abolishes the state’s criminal SOL on future cases of childhood sexual abuse. The other bill signed into law, also related to the criminal SOL, was aimed at penalizing those who are considered ‘mandated reporters.’ Under the new law those who fail to report child abuse to law enforcement can be prosecuted. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on their criminal statute of limitation laws, gave Pennsylvania a Criminal SOL score of 3, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 3 is defined as a criminal SOL eliminated for felonies only.
Civil Statute of Limitations Laws for Pennsylvania
The November 2019 bills also extended the civil SOL for childhood sex abuse from age 30 to age 55. The one recommendation that was not passed into law involved adding a 2-year revival window that would have allowed older victims, whose claims were previously time-barred due to SOL, to file civil suits. Those opposed argued that doing so might be unconstitutional and therefore could open up the legislation to a lengthy court battle.
That said, advocates for this window did not give up. The new plan to avoid the unconstitutionality of the bill is to amend the constitution itself. While both the House and Senate approved the amendment, a blunder by the department of state prevented the bill from appearing on the May 2021 ballot. Now the earliest that victims could expect to see this particular bill added to the ballot would be in 2023. After the state department’s failure, proponents of a revival window then introduced another bill, titled ‘Gregory’s bill’, in honor of the author who openly shared his story of being a child sex abuse survivor. While the bill passed in the House on April 7, 2021, as of June 2021, State Republican leaders have declined to hold a final vote on the proposed legislation, again, claiming issues with the state’s constitution.
Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on their civil statute of limitation laws, gave Pennsylvania a Civil SOL Age Cap score of 4, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 4 is defined as a civil SOL age cap for survivors age 50 and older.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused or assaulted in Pennsylvania, contact us now. Those sexually abused as a minor may still have a claim against their abuser, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. Even if the abuser is deceased, you may still have a claim against the organization responsible. Don’t wait to file your claim.
Go to our main sexual abuse page to learn more about the process of filing a sexual abuse claim.
Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Settlements & Jury Awards
It is estimated that the Dioceses in Pennsylvania have paid out over $84,000,000 in compensation to survivors of sexual abuse and molestation at the hands of its clergy. Some of those settlements are outlined below.
April 1994 – A jury awarded $1,570,000 to a 26-year old plaintiff who accused former priest Francis Luddy of molesting him over a 6-year span. The Altoona-Johnston Catholic Diocese, retired Bishop James Hojan, and Luddy were all found liable. This award led to over a decade of appeals. In September of 1996 the verdict was overturned by the state superior court, but in 2000 the decision was affirmed by the Supreme Court. Then in 2000, the Superior court ruled against punitive damages, knocking the award against the church down to ~$800,000. Almost 5 years later, the Supreme Court ruled that the Superior court erred in disallowing the punitive damages, and as a result, in 2006 the Superior Court ruled that the Diocese must pay the $1,7000,000 owed in punitive damages. Note that the delay in paying damages increased the overall settlement amount to $2,569,000.
May 2005 – The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown agreed to pay $3,700,000 to 21 victims of child sex abuse at the hands of priests and a school teacher. In addition, $210,000 of that settlement will go to treatment and counseling for the victims. Those named included Rev. Robert Kelly , a former priest at Our Lady of Victory Church in State College. The other names of the priests were not released.
December 2019 – As of December 2019, the Roman Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania reported that they have collectively paid out over $84,000,000 to 564 survivors of sexual abuse.
*The settlements listed above are offered for educational purposes only and do not guarantee any future outcome or settlement. Each legal situation is different, and past performance does not guarantee future results. We do not maintain that is a full list of all settlements in the state of Pennsylvania but merely a grouping of those we choose to share on our website. Please contact us if you would like additional settlements included or if you notice any inaccuracies on our site. We strive to provide our viewers the most up to date and accurate information as possible.
Pennsylvania Catholic Dioceses Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania have released the names of priests and clergy members who they deemed to be ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse of a child.
The lists below will be updated as litigation or investigations are concluded so that new names of credibly accused priests in Pennsylvania can be added.
Use the links below to navigate directly to a particular diocese’s clergy list.
- Archdiocese of Philadelphia Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Allentown Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Erie Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Greensburg Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Harrisburg Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Pittsburgh Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Scranton Credibly Accused Priest List
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|1||Brennan||James J.||1989||Pending Canonical Process||Parochial Vicar, St. Andrew, Newtown 06/1989 - 06/1991; Faculty, Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield 06/1991 - 04/1996; Residence: Divine Providence Village 06/1991 - 06/1995; Residence: St. Mary Magdalen, Media 06/1995 - 04/1996; Leave of Absence 04/1996 - 07/1997; Residence: Private Residence 04/1996 - 07/1997; Parochial Vicar, St. Jerome, Phila 07/1997 - 06/1998; Parochial Vicar, Assumption B.V.M., Feasterville 06/1998 - 06/2000; Period of Discernment, Mepkin Abbey 06/2000 - 04/2001; Residence: Private Residence 06/2000 - 09/2000; Residence: Mepkin Abbey 09/2000 - 04/2001; Temporarily Unassigned 04/2001 - 06/2001 Residence: Private Residence 04/2001 - 06/2001; Parochial Vicar, Assumption B.V.M., Feasterville 06/2001 - 01/2006; Chaplain, Archbishop Wood Girls High School 10/1989 - 09/1990; Associate Director, Office for Youth and Young Adults 09/1990 - 04/1996|
|2||Dean||William E.||1976||Pending Canonical Process||Assistant Pastor, St. Ann, Phoenixville 06/1976 - 06/1978; Assistant Pastor, Ss. Philip and James, Exton 06/1978 - 06/1983; Assistant Pastor, St. Isaac Jogues, Wayne 06/1983 - 12/1983; Assistant Pastor, St. Jerome, Phila 12/1983 - 10/1984; Chaplain, Saint Hubert High School, Phila 10/1984 - 04/1986; Leave of Absence 04/1986 - 11/1986; Residence: Saint Luke Institute (Maryland, MD) 04/1986 - 11/1986; Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Concept. (Front St.), Phila (Closed 07/2011) 11/1986 - 06/1991; Parochial Vicar, Patrick, Phila 06/1991 - 11/1991; Parochial Vicar, Holy Angels, Phila 11/1991 - 10/1993; Staff, Catholic Social Services Department 10/1993 - 06/1995; Residence: Old Saint Mary’s, Phila 10/1993 - 06/1995; Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Phila 06/1995 - 07/2012; Chaplain, Camilla Hall (Immaculata, PA) 07/2012 - 10/2020; Associate Director, CYO Regional (Region 18 - Chester/Montgomery) 09/1977 - 06/1978; Chaplain, Archbishop Carroll High School for Boys (Radnor, PA) 09/1983 - 10/1984|
|3||McCormick||Andrew D.||1982||Pending Canonical Process||Assistant Pastor, St. Adalbert, Phila 06/1982 - 09/1986; Parochial Vicar, St. John Cantius, Phila 09/1986 - 10/2000; Parochial Vicar, St. Bede the Venerable, Holland 10/2000 - 06/2004; Parochial Administrator, Sacred Heart, Swedesburg 06/2004 - 06/2005; Pastor, Sacred Heart, Swedesburg 06/2005 - 06/2014; Residence: Sacred Heart, Swedesburg 06/2004 - 03/2011; Residence: Private Residence (Pottstown, PA) 03/2011 - 05/2015|
|4||Meyers||John F.||1983||Pending Canonical Process||Assistant Pastor, St. Michael, Phila 06/1983 - 02/1984; Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, Aston 02/1984 - 06/1985; Assistant Pastor, St. Gabriel, Norwood 06/1985 - 11/1988; Parochial Vicar, St. John Bosco, Hatboro 11/1988 - 09/1990; Parochial Vicar, Cathedral SS. Peter/Paul, Phila 09/1990 - 06/1992; Leave of Absence 11/1991 - 06/1992; Residence: Saint Luke Institute, Maryland 11/1991 - 06/1992; Parochial Vicar, St. Mark, Bristol 06/1992 - 10/1993; Parochial Vicar, St. Philomena, Lansdowne 10/1993 - 06/1997; Parochial Vicar, St. Dominic, Phila 06/1997 - 06/1999; Parochial Vicar, St. Katharine Drexel, Chester 06/1999 - 06/2000; Coord. Hispanic Ministry, Hispanic Ministry (Bucks County) 06/2000 - 06/2005; Residence: St. Charles Borromeo, Bensalem 06/2000 - 03/2003; Residence: St. Mark, Bristol 03/2003 - 06/2003; Residence: St. Charles Borromeo, Bensalem 06/2003 - 09/2004; Residence: St. Frances Cabrini, Fairless Hills 09/2004 - 06/2005; Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima, Bensalem (merged 06/2014) 06/2005 - 06/2011; Pastor, St. Martin of Tours, Phila 06/2011 - 01/2017; Parochial Vicar, St. Anthony of Padua, Ambler 01/2017 - 06/2017; Rector (Pro-Tem.), Saint Joseph's-in-the-Hills Retreat House 06/2017 - 11/2017; Residence: Saint Joseph's-in-the-Hills Retreat House 06/2017 - 11/2018; Rector, Saint Joseph's-in-the-Hills Retreat House 11/2017 - 11/2018; Residence: Private Residence (Tucson, AZ) 11/2018 - 11/2018; Chaplain, Archbishop Prendergast High School for Girls, Drexel Hill 09/1988 - 11/1988; Moderator, Cursillo Movement 02/1991 - 04/1994; Coord. Hispanic Ministry, Our Lady of Fatima, Bensalem (merged 06/2014) 06/1999 - 06/2000; Parochial Administrator, St. Mark, Bristol 03/2003 - 06/2003; Spiritual Advisor, Cursillo Movement (Region II) 09/2004 - 10/2017|
|5||Reardon||John D.||1973||Pending Canonical Process||Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph the Worker, Fallsington (merged 06/2014) 06/1973 - 09/1977; Assistant Pastor, St. Leo, Phila (merged 07/2013) 09/1977 - 06/1982; Assistant Pastor, St. Bridget, Phila 06/1982 - 06/1987; Assistant Pastor, St. Colman, Ardmore 06/1987 - 06/1988; Parochial Vicar, Nativity, Warminster 06/1988 - 03/1994; Residence: Nativity, Warminster 06/1988 - 12/1993; Residence: Presentation B.V.M., Wynnewood 12/1993 - 03/1994; Staff, Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal 03/1994 - 06/1998; Residence: Seven Dolors, Wynnewood (Closed 07/2003) 03/1994 - 06/2000; Secretary, Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal 06/1998 - 06/2005; Residence: St. Genevieve, Flourtown 06/2000 - 06/2005; Pastor, St. John of the Cross, Roslyn (closed 09/2016) 06/2005 - 05/2012; Leave of Absence 03/2011 - 07/2020; Associate Director, CYO Regional (Region 19 - Lower Bucks County) 09/1974 - 09/1977; Associate Director, CYO Regional (Region 1 - Northeast Philadelphia) 09/1978 - 06/1982; Chaplain, Saint Hubert High School, Phila 09/1980 - 06/1982; Newman Chaplain, Philadelphia College of Textile & Science 10/1982 - 06/1987; Associate Director, CYO Regional (Region 5 - Germantown - Manayunk) 10/1982 - 06/1987; Part Time Advocate, Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal 07/1988 - 03/1994; Defender of the Bond, Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal 06/1994 - 03/2011|
|6||Dowling||Philip J.||1956||Permanently Restricted||Student Priest, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome 07/1956 - 08/1957; Assistant Pastor, Corpus Christi, Phila (Closed 1987) 08/1957 - 09/1957; Faculty, Roman Catholic High School, Phila 09/1957 - 06/1958; Residence: Corpus Christi, Phila (Closed 1987) 09/1957 - 05/1959; Seminary Professor, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook 06/1958 - 05/1970; Residence: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook 06/1958 - 08/1964; Residence: Cardinal's Residence 08/1964 - 06/1968; Residence: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook 06/1968 - 06/1973; Executive Secretary, Cardinal's Commission on Human Relations 05/1970 - 09/1970; Executive Director, Cardinal's Commission on Human Relations 09/1970 - 06/1973; Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Phila (Closed 1993) 06/1973 - 06/1987; Pastor, St. Louis, Yeadon 06/1987 - 09/1991; Pastor, St. Patrick, Phila 09/1991 - 06/2004; Residence: Private Residence 06/2004 - 06/2005; Canonical Notary, Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal 02/1958 - 09/1970; Student Priest, Villanova University 09/1958 - 06/1959; Approved Advocate, Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal 01/1960 - 01/1962; Defender of the Bond, Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal 01/1962 - 01/1973; Executive Secretary, Cardinal's Commission on Human Relations 05/1964 - 05/1970; Coordinator, Permanent Diaconate - Black Diaconate 06/1980 - 01/1994; Coordinator, Office for Black Catholics 01/1984 - 09/1987|
|7||Grumm||Thomas J.||1975||Permanently Restricted||Parochial Vicar, St. Patrick, Norristown 06/1975 - 06/1977; Faculty, Cardinal Dougherty High School, Phila 06/1977 - 06/1987; Residence: Visitation B.V.M., Phila 09/1977 - 10/1979; Residence: St. George, Phila 10/1979 - 06/1981; Residence: St. Joan of Arc, Phila 06/1981 - 08/1985; Residence: Nativity B.V.M., Phila 08/1985 - 06/1987; Faculty, Archbishop Kennedy High School 06/1987 - 01/1990; Residence: St. Justin Martyr, Narberth 06/1987 - 06/1988; Residence: St. John the Baptist, Phila 06/1988 - 04/2002; Faculty, Cardinal Dougherty High School, Phila 01/1990 - 04/2002; Residence: Guest House (Rochester Treatment Center) 03/1992 - 06/1992; Leave of Absence 04/2002 - 02/2005; Residence: Saint John Vianney Center 04/2002 - 02/2003; Residence: Private Residence 02/2003 - 02/2005; Assistant Pastor, St. Martin of Tours, New Hope 06/1977 - 09/1977|
|8||Hoffman||Gerard J.||1973||Permanently Restricted||Assistant Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila, Valley Forge 06/1973 - 06/1976; Faculty, Saint Pius X High School, Pottstown 06/1976 - 06/1988; Residence: St. Basil the Great, Kimberton 09/1976 - 03/1977; Residence: St. Isaac Jogues, Wayne 03/1977 - 06/1988; Faculty, Saint John Neumann High School, Phila 06/1988 - 07/1990; Residence: King of Peace, Phila 06/1988 - 07/1989; Residence: St. John the Evangelist, Phila 07/1989 - 06/1990; Residence: Saint Mary of Providence Center 06/1990 - 06/2002; Principal, Saint Pius X High School, Pottstown 07/1990 - 06/1993; Principal, Roman Catholic High School, Phila 06/1993 - 06/2002; Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Doylestown 06/2002 - 07/2008; Leave of Absence 07/2008 - 05/2009; Residence: Private Residence 07/2008 - 03/2009; Assistant Pastor, Cathedral SS. Peter/Paul, Phila 06/1976 - 09/1976; Chaplain, Saint John Neumann High School, Phila 06/1988 - 07/1990|
|9||Hummell||John F.||1965||Permanently Restricted||Assistant Pastor, St. Cecilia, Coatesville 06/1965 - 06/1966; Assistant Pastor, SS. Simon & Jude, West Chester 06/1966 - 05/1967; Leave of Absence 05/1967 - 06/1967; Assistant Pastor, Corpus Christi, Phila (Closed 1987) 06/1967 - 06/1968; Faculty, Roman Catholic High School, Phila 06/1968 - 09/1979; Residence: St. Aloysius, Phila (Closed 07/2003) 09/1968 - 03/1976; Residence: St. Joseph, Cheltenham 03/1976 - 06/1977; Residence: Epiphany, Phila 06/1977 - 09/1979; Faculty, Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote 09/1979 - 06/1990; Residence: St. Joseph, Ambler 09/1979 - 06/1981; Residence: Seven Dolors, Wyndmoor (Closed 07/2003) 06/1981 - 06/1985; Residence: St. John of the Cross, Roslyn 06/1985 - 06/1990; Parochial Vicar, St. Gabriel, Norwood 06/1990 - 01/1992; Parochial Administrator, St. Callistus, Phila 01/1992 - 06/1996; Pastor, St. Callistus, Phila 06/1996 - 06/1999; Pastor, Sacred Heart, Oxford 06/1999 - 01/2008; Leave of Absence 06/2006 - 01/2008; Assistant Pastor, St. Dominic, Phila 06/1968 - 09/1968|
|10||Kornacki||Matthew J.||1973||Permanently Restricted||Assistant Pastor, St. Ephrem, Bensalem 06/1973 - 11/1977; Assistant Pastor, Holy Saviour, Norristown 11/1977 - 03/1981; Assistant Pastor, Good Shepherd, Phila (Closed 06/2004) 03/1981 - 11/1985; Parochial Vicar, St. Isidore, Quakertown 11/1985 - 06/1992; Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Phila 06/1992 - 06/1997; Parochial Vicar, St. Martin of Tours, Phila 06/1997 - 08/1998; Parochial Administrator, Transfiguration, Phila (Closed 7/2000) 08/1998 - 12/1998; Parochial Vicar, St. Martin of Tours, Phila 12/1998 - 06/1999; Parochial Administrator, St. Barbara, Phila 06/1999 - 12/1999; Parochial Vicar, St. Martin of Tours, Phila 12/1999 - 03/2000; Parochial Administrator, Immaculate Conception, Levittown 03/2000 - 06/2000; Assistant Director, Department of Continuing Formation for Diocesan Priests 06/2000 - 08/2003; Residence: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook 06/2000 - 08/2003; Director, Spiritual Year Program, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook 06/2003 - 08/2003; Leave of Absence 08/2003 - 09/2010; Coordinator, Cardinal's Commission on Human Relations 09/1974 - 10/1985; Chaplain, West Catholic Girls High School 03/1982 - 10/1985; County Coordinator, Cardinal Commission on Human Relations & Urban Ministry 01/1986 - 07/1987; Seminary Professor, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook 06/2000 - 06/2003; Assistant Director, Pastoral/Apos. Formation, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook 06/2000 - 06/2003|
Diocese of Allentown Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status|
|1||Bender||Thomas J.||Diocese of Allentown||Laicized in 2005|
|2||Benestad||Thomas J.||Diocese of Allentown||Retired in 2009|
|3||Flanagan||Bernard A.||Diocese of Allentown||Removed in 2010|
|4||Fromholzer||Francis J.||Diocese of Allentown||Removed in 2002|
|5||Gaffney||James F.||Diocese of Allentown||Laicized in 2015|
|6||Galko||Joseph D.||Diocese of Allentown||Laicized in 2010|
|7||Giuliani||Richard J.||Diocese of Allentown||Laicization in process|
|8||Halabura||Stephen J.||Diocese of Allentown||Removed in 2019|
|9||Hulko||Joseph D.||Diocese of Allentown||Removed in 2003|
|10||Kean||Joseph H.||Diocese of Allentown||Laicized in 2007|
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Year of Ordination / Incardination|
|2||Arseneault||Father David||Placed on leave from public ministry||1981|
|5||Bodziak||Father Charles||Placed on leave from public ministry||1967|
|7||Bunn||James||Removed from Public Ministry||1964|
|9||Cingle||Father Martin||Placed on leave from public ministry||1973|
Diocese of Erie Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status|
|1||Allison||Ronald Keith||Diocese of Erie||Former lay teacher|
|2||Amy||Michael J.||Diocese of Erie||Laicized (removed from ministry and later voluntarily resigned from the clergy)|
|3||Barletta||Michael G.||Diocese of Erie||Forbidden to function as a priest|
|4||Borkowski||Jonathan J.||Diocese of Erie||Former lay employee|
|5||Bower||Robert F.||Diocese of Erie||Forbidden to function as a priest|
|6||Butler||Andre C.||Diocese of Erie||Former lay agency employee|
|7||Byrd||Randolph A.||Diocese of Erie||Former lay teacher|
|8||Chludzinski||Dennis C.||Diocese of Erie||Laicized|
|9||Cooper||Charles R. (Rick)||Diocese of Erie||Former lay teacher|
|10||Fecko||Megan E.||Diocese of Erie||Former lay teacher|
Diocese of Greensburg Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status|
|1||Biena||Michael||Diocese of Greensburg||Deceased|
|2||Clark||James||Diocese of Greensburg||Removed from ministry|
|3||Dellamalva||Dennis||Diocese of Greensburg||Deceased|
|4||Flohr||Gregory||Diocese of Greensburg||Deceased|
|5||Guth||Charles||Diocese of Greensburg||Deceased|
|6||Lesniak||Francis||Diocese of Greensburg||Deceased|
|7||Lukac||Raymond||Diocese of Greensburg||Deceased|
|8||Marcinek||Henry||Diocese of Greensburg||Deceased|
|9||Moslener||Robert||Diocese of Greensburg||Removed from ministry|
|10||Oris||Fabian||Diocese of Greensburg||Deceased|
Diocese of Harrisburg Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|1||Agudelo Cano||Alexander Darío||Diocese of Harrisburg (seminarian)||Alive||Unassigned Seminarian|
|2||Allen||John||Diocese of Harrisburg||Alive||Gettysburg, Saint Francis Xavier, 1976; Harrisburg, Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 1971-1976; Harrisburg, Saint Francis of Assisi, 1976-1978; Harrisburg, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, 1995-2002; Lancaster, Saint Joseph, 1986-1992; Lebanon, Our Lady of Fatima Mission, 1970-1971; New Cumberland, Saint Theresa, 1993-1995; Selinsgrove, Saint Pius X, 1980-1986; Steelton, St Ann (1901) Italian, 1978-1980|
|3||Allen II||Francis (Scotty)||Diocese of Harrisburg (seminarian)||Deceased||Unassigned Seminarian|
|4||Bach||Francis||Diocese of Harrisburg||Deceased||Danville, Saint Joseph, 1970; Harrisburg, Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 1965-1970; Harrisburg, Holy Family Parish, 1977-1983; Hershey, Saint Joan of Arc, 1974-1975; Lebanon, Our Lady of Fatima Mission, 1983-1994; Mcsherrystown, Annunciation BVM, 1976-1977; Millersville, Millersville University, 1974; New Cumberland, Saint Theresa, 1962-1964; York, Saint Patrick, 1964-1965; York, Saint Rose of Lima, 1975-1976|
|5||Barajas Arias||Luis Jesus||Order of Most Blessed Trinity||Alive||Lebanon, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (1988) Hispanic, 1987-1989|
|6||Barry||Richard||Oblates of Mary Immaculate||Unknown||Dallastown, Saint Joseph, 1981-1983; Harrisburg, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, 1984-1986|
|7||Beeman||James||Diocese of Harrisburg||Deceased||Bloomsburg, Saint Columba Parish, 1961-1964; Camp Hill, Camp Hill Correctional Institute, 1983-1991; Carlisle, Saint Patrick, 1958-1959; Danville, Saint Joseph, 1959-1961; Harrisburg, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, 1964-1973; Inner City Ministry; Harrisburg, Saint Francis of Assisi, 1968-1969; Lancaster, Assumption BVM, 1953-1958; Lykens, Sacred Heart Mission, Williamstown, 1975; Milton, Saint Joseph, 1968; Mount Carmel, St Ignatius of Loyola (Centralia 1869), 1968; Shippensburg, Our Lady of the Visitation, 1964-1968|
|8||Bolen||John||Diocese of Harrisburg||Deceased||Hanover, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 1953-1964; Mount Carmel, Our Lady of Mount Carmel (1886), 1926; Steelton, St James (1878) Irish, 1926-1927; Trevorton, Saint Patrick, 1945-1953|
|9||Bostwick III||John||Diocese of Richmond||Alive||Harrisburg, Saint Catherine Laboure, 1976-1990; Lebanon, Our Lady of Fatima Mission, 1991-1992; Rohrerstown, Saint Leo the Great, 1990-1991|
|10||Bradel||Frederick||Diocese of Harrisburg||Deceased||Abbottstown, Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1973-1974; Camp Hill, Good Shepherd, 1966-1973; Carlisle, Saint Patrick, 1948-1949; Harrisburg, Holy Family Parish, 1958-1964; Harrisburg, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, 1954-1958; Lebanon, Our Lady of Fatima Mission, 1949-1950; Middletown, Seven Sorrows BVM, 1964-1966; Mount Carmel, St Ignatius of Loyola (Centralia 1869), 1947-1948; Palmyra, Holy Spirit, 1974-1975; Shippensburg, Our Lady of the Visitation, 1951-1954; York, Saint Joseph, 1950-1951|
Diocese of Pittsburgh Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status|
|1||Bauer||John||Removed from ministry|
|2||Chatt||Charles||Removed from ministry|
|3||Costello||Bernard||Removed from ministry|
|4||Dacal||Rosendo||Removed from ministry|
|5||Diskin||M. Eric||Removed from ministry|
|6||Doherty||John F.||Removed from ministry|
|7||Dorsch||Richard||Removed from ministry|
|8||Dzermejko||David F.||Removed from ministry|
|9||Hoehl||John||Removed from ministry|
|10||Huff||Edward||Removed from ministry|
Diocese of Scranton Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Date of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|1||Altavilla||Philip A.||Diocese of Scranton||1992||Permanently removed from ministry||Saint Mary of Mount Carmel, Dunmore, PA, 7/7/1992; Holy Trinity, Nanticoke, PA 6/30/1995; Diocesan Director of Ecumenism and Inter-faith Affairs, 7/8/1996; Saint Patrick, Holy Cross, Saint John the Baptist and Immaculate, Heart of Mary Chapel, Scranton, 7/8/1996; Immaculate Conception Taylor (Administrator), 3/27/2000; Immaculate Conception and Saint John the Baptist, Taylor, (Pastor), 7/5/2000; Presbyteral Council, 6/30/2002 (three year appointment); Saint Thomas More, Lake Ariel, 11/10/2004 to 7/10/2007; Episcopal Vicar for the Northern Pastoral Region of the Diocese, 7/10/2007; Our Lady of the Snows, Clarks Summit, (in residence), 7/10/2007; Holy Cross Regional High School System, (Board of Directors), 11/2/2007; Nativity, Scranton, 2/20/2008; Holy Cross High School, Dunmore (Chaplain), 7/15/2009 to 9/22/2009; Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and Saint John the Evangelist, Scranton, 9/4/2009; Scouts of America in the Diocese of Scranton, (Chaplain), 7/13/2010; Immaculate Conception, Scranton, 7/6/2010 to 11/18/2010; Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, 7/11/2011|
|2||Angelo||Girard F.||Diocese of Scranton||1955||Deceased 2009||Saint Matthew, Stroudsburg, 6/20/1955; Saint Thomas, Archbald, 10/5/1955; Saint Lucy, Scranton, 9/24/1959; Saint Francis, Scranton, 9/19/1962; Mater Dolorosa, Williamsport, 7/1/1963; Our Lady of Grace, Hazleton, 9/3/1969; Saint Raphael, Harleigh, 3/2/1972; Saint Raphael, Harleigh, 9/4/1973; Sacred Heart of Jesus, Harleigh (Pastor Emeritus), 7/3/2003|
|3||Balzceniuk||Mark||Diocese of Scranton||1983||Deceased 2018||Saint Thomas, Archbald, 11/10/1983; Saints Peter and Paul, Plains, 9/6/1984; Holy Trinity, Swoyersville, 9/4/1985; Maternity of Blessed Virgin Mary, Wilkes-Barre, 7/9/1990; Our Lady Help of Christians, Dorrance, 9/17/1997; Saint Peter and Paul, Hazleton and Transfiguration, West Hazleton, 7/6/2006 -7/15/2009; Saint Stanislaus, Hazleton and Saint Joseph, Hazleton (while remaining at SS. Peter and Paul and Transfiguration), 12/30/2008|
|4||Bonner||Joseph||Diocese of Scranton||1953||Deceased 2007||Saint Ann, Freeland, 6/12/1953; Saint Nicholas, Wilkes-Barre, 9/18/1954; Ascension, Williamsport, 3/5/1964; Saint Francis, Nanticoke, 6/26/1964; Saint Cecilia, Wyoming, January 28, 1970; Saint Juliana, Rock Lake, 9/8/1970; Resurrection, Muncy, 1/25/1972; Saint Patrick, Milford, 6/23/1981; Saint Paul, Scranton, 6/22/1982; Saint James, Pleasant Mount, 9/9/1982; Sacred Heart of Jesus, Weston, 9/4/1985; Pastor Emeritus, Sacred Heart, Weston, 7/1/1998|
|5||Boylan||Martin M.||Diocese of Scranton||1980||Ongoing canonical process||Saint Jude, Mountaintop, 9/1980; Saint Gabriel, Hazleton, 6/22/1982; Saint Patrick, Scranton, 9/6/1983; Saint Peter’s Cathedral, 9/4/1985; Blessed Sacrament, Wilkes - Barre, 2/19/1986; Saint Mary, Wilkes - Barre, 9/4/1986; Bishop Hannan High School, Scranton, (Chaplain and Procurator), 9/1/1987; Saint Clare (in residence), 9/1/1987; Bishop Hannan High school, Scranton, (Director of Religious Formation), 9/1/1988; Marywood College, Scranton, (Chaplain), 95/1989 to 7/7/1993; Sabbatical leave, 7/7/1993; Saint Luke, Stroudsburg (in residence), 1/24/1994; Saint Rita, Gouldsboro, 7/6/1994; Saint John the Evangelist, Honesdale, 7/5/2001; Saint Joseph, White Mills (remaining Pastor at Saint John the Evangelist), 7/30/2007; Saints Peter and Paul, Towanda, Saint Michael, Canton, Saint John Nepomucene, Troy, and Saint Aloysius, Ralston, 7/15/2009 - 7/11/2011; Saint Patrick, Scranton, 7/11/2011; Sabbatical leave, 8/20/13 to 12/1/2013|
|6||Brague||Robert J.||Diocese of Scranton||1970||Deceased 1997||Epiphany, Sayre, (while a deacon), 6/1969; Saint Patrick, Olyphant, (while a deacon), 9/1969; Saint Boniface, Williamsport, (while a deacon), 2/1970; Saint Ann, Tobyhanna, 5/1970; Saint Peter, Wellsboro, 9/8/1970; Saint John the Evangelist, Pittston, 4/14/1972; Seton Catholic High School, Pittston, (Director of Religious Formation), 1/18/1977; Saint Maria Goretti, Laflin, 6/6/1980; Saint Ann, Tobyhanna, 9/2/1980; Saints Peter and Paul, Towanda, 9/6/1984|
|7||Brennan||Francis J.||Diocese of Scranton||1954||Deceased 1974||Saint Therese, Shavertown, 6/16/1954; Marian Convent, Scranton, (Chaplain), 6/25/1965; Saint Maria Goretti, Laflin, 9/8/1970|
|8||Broderick||John||Diocese of Scranton||Broderick was not a Diocese of Scranton priest. He was ordained in the Diocese of Syracuse(New York). Pertinent records are with that Diocese.|
|9||Bucolo||Joseph||Diocese of Scranton||1954||Permanently removed from ministry||Saint Patrick, Milford, 6/16/1954; Precious Blood, Hazleton, 9/18/1954; Mount Carmel, Carbondale, 9/14/1966; Saint Lucy, Scranton, 9/14/1967; Saint Anthony, Dunmore, 1/26/1971; Our Lady of Grace, Hazleton, 9/5/1972; Saint Thomas the Apostle, Elkland, 4/24/1973; Saint Nazarius, Pardeesville, 9/3/1974; Saint Mary, Lattimer Mines, 6/22/1992; Pastor Emeritus, Saint Nazarius, Pardeesville and Saint Mary, Lattimer Mines, 7/3/2002|
|10||Burns||Gerald J.||Diocese of Scranton||1950||Deceased 1999||Saint Ann, Shohola, 6/20/1950; Saint Patrick, Wilkes-Barre, 9/19/1950; Saint John, Honesdale, 9/28/1950; Saint Peter, Wellsboro, 6/24/1952; Saint John the Evangelist, Wilkes-Barre, 6/12/1953; Saint Dominic, Wilkes-Barre, 9/28/1962; Mercy Heights Hospital, Scranton, (Chaplain), 9/2/1968; Dunmore Central Catholic High School, (Principal), 9/2/1968; Blessed Sacrament, Wilkes-Barre, 9/8/1970; Bishop Hoban High School, Wilkes-Barre, 10/5/1970; Saint Gabriel, Hazleton, 6/22/1982; Saint John the Evangelist, Pittston, 9/6/1984; Pastor Emeritus, Saint John the Evangelist, Pittston, 1/24/1994|
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Pennsylvania Catholic Dioceses Establish Victims Compensation Fund for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors For Short Period of Time
In November of 2018, seven of the eight dioceses in Pennsylvania launched a victim’s compensation fund, allowing survivors a small window to apply and receive compensation through the church without having to file suit, and without exception to those whose statute of limitations may have already passed. The fund, run by Kenneth Fienberg, is said to have paid out an average of $148,000 per victim, but no one payment was to exceed $500,000. As of December of 2019, it’s estimated that 1,500 claims have been submitted, 500 reviewed, and 391 settlements paid out.
At the end of September 2019, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with the Diocese of Pittsburg, Scranton and Allentown closed applications on their victim compensation fund.
For more information about this fund, or for filing a sexual abuse claim against the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, call our office at 1-800-941-7209. Even though the fund is not accepting new applicants, we may still be able to help you file a claim against the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. Your call is completely confidential.
Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: News & Updates
State Senate Republican leaders have declined to hold a vote on legislation that would open a revival window for expired sexual abuse claims. Click the headline to read more…
PA Legislators Forced to Take Two-Track Approach to Help Sexual Abuse Survivors After State Department Blunder
Pennsylvania law makers seek to pass ‘Gregory’s Bill’ in an effort to open a rival window for child sex abuse survivors whose claims are time-barred due to the state’s current statute of limitations laws. Click the headline to read more…
Failure to advertise a constitutional amendment for a child sex abuse ‘revival window’ could likely delay justice for victims for at least 2 additional years. Click the headline to read more…
The Diocese of Scranton is facing additional sexual abuse lawsuits alleging the Diocese covered up priest sex abuse. Click the headline to read more…
Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments involving priest abuse. Its decision will have major implications for clergy abuse victims throughout the state. Click the headline to read more…
Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee approves a proposal to seek statute of limitations reform regarding childhood sexual abuse cases. This is a positive step forward for PA childhood sexual abuse victims. Click the headline to read more…
Father Andrew M. Kawecki and Father Emil Payer are facing claims they abused minors during their time in the Greensburg diocese. Click the headline to read more…
Even without a specific ‘revival window’ law, attorneys for Pennsylvania clergy abuse survivors continue fighting to hold the church accountable. Click the headline to read more…
Devereux, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been accused of multiple incidents of sexual abuse by its staff members.Click the headline to read more…
Attorney Derek Braslow has filed a suit against the Diocese of Erie for fraudulent concealment stemming from years of covering up clergy sexual abuse. Click the headline to read more…
Josh Shapiro, head of Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General, is proud of the work done by his office to help protect survivors of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania. Click the headline to read more…
A lawsuit was filed against Bishop James Timlin and Bishop Joseph Bambera for their part in covering up years of alleged sexual abuse by priests in the Diocese of Scranton. Click the headline to read more…
The altar boy claims that the diocese failed to protect him from the abuse even after knowing his abuser, Reverend Robert G. Cofenas, was a pedophile. Click the headline to read more…
While over $13 million has been paid to over 100 childhood sexual abuse victims by the Harrisburg Diocese, church officials believe there may be more than 200 additional survivors who could bring claims; sparking the Diocese to file for bankruptcy protection. Click the headline to read more…
Many believe that the grand jury report that released the names of 300 credibly accused Pennsylvania clergy gave the state some much needed momentum to help both lawmakers and sexual abuse survivors. Click the headline to read more…
A lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she was repeatedly molested by her priest in the 1970s and 1980 was reinstated after a court originally dismissed the case due to statute of limitations issues. Click the headline to read more…
Josh Shapiro, the Attorney General in PA, is gathering evidence which he believes will prove repeated cover ups of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness Church. Click the headline to read more…