PA Grand Jury Report On Catholic Church: List Of Priests Accused Of Sexual Abuse

PA Grand Jury Report On Catholic Church: List Of Priests Accused Of Sexual Abuse2018-10-03T12:20:20+00:00
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A new Pennsylvania grand jury reports names over 300 priests accused of sexual abuse over the last 7 decades.

  • 300+ abusive priests
  • 1,000 identifiable victims

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Pennsylvania has finally released a long-awaited grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, the Washington Post reports. The culmination of an 18-month investigation, the report is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in American history, spanning nearly 8 decades of Church activity in Pennsylvania.

To jump straight to the list of named priests accused of sexual abuse, click here.

Grand Jury Report Uncovers Widespread Sex Abuse In PA Catholic Churches

"Priests were raping little boys and girls," the grand jury report concludes, "and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades." Few punches are pulled in the report, which covers abuse allegations from 6 Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania:

  • Allentown
  • Erie
  • Greensburg
  • Harrisburg
  • Pittsburgh
  • Scranton

Priest Offering The Eucharist

Two previous grand jury reports, focused on the dioceses of Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown, came to similar conclusions, finding numerous cases of sexual abuse and a Church that used a "playbook for concealing the truth" to hide complaints, even promoting abusive predators to higher positions of authority.

"While each church district had its idiosyncrasies, the pattern was pretty much the same. The main thing was not to help children, but to avoid 'scandal.' That is not our word, but theirs; it appears over and over again in the documents we recovered. Abuse complaints were kept locked up in a 'secret archive.' That is not our word, but theirs; the church's Code of Canon Law specifically requires the diocese to maintain such an archive. Only the bishop can have the key."

1,400 pages long, the report stands as a damning critique of the extraordinary lengths Church leaders went to to conceal evidence of widespread sexual abuse for years. It names over 300 Catholic priests who abused their positions of trust and power to molest and rape young boys and girls.

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The Church's "Secret Archive" Of Sexual Abuse Complaints

Culled from a review of more than 2 million documents, including those held in the Catholic Church's "secret archives," the sexual abuse complaints involve around 1,000 children who were victimized by priests. The grand jury interviewed numerous sexual abuse survivors - the oldest being 83.

The report is filled with graphic descriptions of horrific abuse.

"Most of the victims were boys; but there were girls too. Some were teens; many were pre-pubescent. Some were manipulated with alcohol or pornography. Some were made to masturbate their assailants, or were groped by them. Some were reaped orally, some vaginally, some anally. But all of them were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all."

There are stories of victims who were forced to confess their "sins" to the very same priests who were abusing them. Children were "marked" by special gold cross necklaces as having been "groomed" for sexual abuse. Young boys were drugged with alcohol to make them compliant.

Several deaths have even been linked to the abuse. One man, raped by a priest in Pittsburgh, was violated in such traumatic circumstances that he suffered irreparable spinal damage. Addicted to prescription painkillers, he eventually died of an overdose. Another man died by suicide after being raped by a priest in Berks County.

Needless to say, thousands of other unreported cases could hold similarly-distressing details. And towering over these individual stories are the policies and actions of the Church itself.

Church Worked To Conceal Scandal For Decades

The grand jury report paints a portrait of a powerful organization more interested in protecting its own reputation, along with the reputations of abusive predators, than protecting children. A priest who impregnated a 17-year-old girl and forced her to marry him was allowed to remain in the ministry. Priests who openly admitted to having sexually abused children were promoted. In the Allentown diocese, a priest who abused multiple children was given a work recommendation for Disney World.

Over the years, numerous victims were persuaded to remain silent about abuse. And the Church exerted pressure on local law enforcement officials to stop investigations in their tracks.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who served as bishop of the Pittsburgh diocese from 1988 to 2006, features heavily in the report. At times, Wuerl can be seen preventing abusive priests from re-entering the ministry. At others, he appears to guide them back into new parishes, leaving additional potential victims in harm's way.

In a statement, he said the report "will be reminder of the grave failings that the church must acknowledge and for which it must seek forgiveness." Wuerl now serves as the archbishop of Washington, D.C. He replaced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who stepped down last month after being accused of sexually abusing a string of children and adults.

Over 300 Catholic Priests Named As Sexual Abusers

Below is a list by Diocese of all the priests named in the report. Some names have been redacted because they are the subject of active litigation. Around 24 priests petitioned the grand jury to have their names held from publication. Attorney General James Shapiro is now fighting to have a full version of the report released, without redactions.

To jump straight to your diocese, click on one of the links below:

Priests From Diocese Of Scranton Named In the Grand Jury Report

  • Philip A. Altavilla
  • GirarF. Angelo
  • MarG. Balczeniuk
  • Redacted - pending litigation
  • Joseph P. Bonner
  • Martin M. Boylan
  • RoberJ. Braque
  • Francis T. Brennan
  • Joseph W. Bucolo
  • GeralJ. Burns
  • RoberN. Caparelli
  • Christopher R. Clay
  • Anthony P. Conmy
  • J. Peter Crynes
  • RaymonL. Deviney
  • Redacted - pending litigation
  • DonalJ. Dorsey
  • Redacted - pending litigation
  • John M. Duggan
  • John J. Dzurko
  • EriS. Ensey
  • James F. Farry
  • James F. Fedor
  • Ralph N. Ferraldo
  • Angelus Ferrara
  • Austin E. Flanagan
  • Joseph D. Flannery
  • Martin J. Fleming
  • RoberJ. Gibson
  • Joseph G. Gilgallon
  • Joseph A. Griffin
  • Joseph T. Hammond
  • P. Lawrence Homer
  • MarA. Honart
  • Joseph F. Houston
  • Redacted - pending litigation
  • Redacted - pending litigation
  • Francis G. Kulig
  • AlberM. Libertore, Jr.
  • John A. Madaj
  • Redacted - pending litigation
  • James M. McAuliffe
  • NeiMcLaughlin
  • Joseph F. Meighan
  • RusselE. Motsay
  • James F. Nolan
  • W. Jeffrey Paulish
  • John A. Pender
  • Benedict J. Vader Putten
  • Carlos Urrutigoity
  • MarT. Rossetti
  • EdwarJ. Shoback
  • ThomaP. Shoback
  • ThomaD. Skotek
  • John J. Tamalis
  • Virgil B. Thetherow
  • RoberM. Timchak
  • Carlos Urrutigoity
  • LawrencP. Weniger
  • Joseph B. Wilson

Diocese Of Pittsburgh Priests Named In the Grand Jury Report

  • Redacted - litigation pending
  • James R. Adams
  • James L. Armstrong
  • John M. Bauer
  • John E. Brueckner
  • Leo Burchianti
  • RoberCastelucci
  • Mauro JamesCautela
  • Charles J. Chatt
  • Anthony J. Cipolla
  • John P. Connor
  • John DaviCrowley
  • Richard Deakin
  • Ferdinand B. Demsher
  • Myles EriDiskin
  • Richard J. Dorsch
  • DaviF. Dzermejko
  • Redacted - litigation pending
  • John P. Fitzgerald
  • Joseph M. Ganter
  • John A. Genizer
  • Charles R. Ginder
  • James G. Graham
  • William Hildebrand
  • John S. Hoehl
  • James Hopkins
  • John J. Huber
  • EdwarG. Huff
  • EdwarJoyce
  • Marvin Justi
  • BernarJ. Kaczmarczyk
  • Joseph D. Karabin
  • John Keegan
  • Redacted - litigation pending
  • HenrKrawczyk
  • Redacted - litigation pending
  • EdwarL. Kryston
  • Anujit Kumar
  • George Kurutz
  • FideliLazar
  • Redacted - litigation pending
  • Albert Leonard
  • Casimir F. Lewandowski
  • John P. Maloney
  • Julius May
  • Dominic McGee
  • DonalW. Mcllvane
  • ThomaMcKenna
  • Albert McMahon
  • John H. McMahon
  • Frank Meder
  • Redacted - litigation pending
  • Arthur R. Merrell
  • Redacted - litigation pending
  • Joseph Mueller
  • LawrencO'Connell
  • ThomaM. O'Donnell
  • William P. O'Malley, III
  • Ernest Paone
  • George Parme
  • Paul E. Pindel
  • Pittsburgh Priest #1
  • Francis Pucci
  • John W. Rebel
  • Raymond R. Rhoden
  • CarRoemele
  • Michael C. Romero
  • OswalE. Romero
  • DaviScharf
  • Richard Scherer
  • RaymonT. Schultz
  • FranciSiler
  • Rudolph M. Silvers
  • EdwarP. Smith
  • James E. Somma
  • Bartley A. Sorensen
  • RoberE. Spangenberg
  • Paul G. Spisak
  • LawrencF. Stebler
  • RicharGerard Terdine
  • Redacted - litigation pending
  • Charles Thomas
  • John William Wellinger
  • Joseph S. Wichmanowski
  • George A. Wilt
  • RoberG. Wolk
  • William B. Yockey
  • TheodorP. Zabowski
  • George Zirwas
  • Richard Zula
  • Pittsburgh Priests #2-10

Priests From Diocese of Harrisburg Named In the Grand Jury Report

  • FranciJ. Allen
  • John G. Allen
  • FranciA. Bach
  • Jesus Barajas
  • Richard J. Barry
  • James Beeman
  • John Bostwick
  • Donald Cramer
  • Walter Emala
  • Paul R. Fisher
  • Harrisburg Priest #1
  • Augustine Giella
  • Harrisburg Priest #2
  • Donald"Tim" Hackman
  • T. Ronald Haney
  • John Herber
  • Philip Hower
  • Kevin Kayda
  • Edward Konat
  • George Koychick
  • ThomaKujovsky
  • ThomaLawler
  • RoberLogue
  • Arthur Long
  • DaviH. Luck
  • Robert Maher
  • Daniel Mahoney
  • GuMarsico
  • John M. McDevitt
  • Anthony McGinley
  • James McLucas
  • Ibarra Mercado
  • Redacted - pending litigation
  • Joseph Pease
  • Charles Procopio
  • Guido Miguel Quiroz Reyes
  • James Rush
  • Redacted - pending litigation
  • Bryan Schlager
  • HerberShank
  • Patrick Shannon
  • Timothy Sperber
  • CarJ. Steffen
  • Frederick Vaughn
  • Salvatore V. Zangari

Greensburg Diocese Priests Named In the Grand Jury Report

  • Father Dennis Dellamalva
  • Father Greg Flohr
  • Father Charles B. Guth
  • Father Francis Lesniak
  • Father Raymond Lukac
  • Father HenrJ. Marcinek
  • "Greensburg Priest #1"
  • Father Robert Moslener
  • Father Fabian G. Oris
  • EdmonA. Parrakow
  • Father George R. Pierce
  • Father Gregory F. Premoshis
  • Father Thomas W. Rogers
  • Father Leonard Sanesi
  • Father Roger A. Sinclair
  • Reverend Joseph L. Sredzinski
  • Father John T. Sweeney
  • Reverend Joseph Anthony Tamikowski
  • Father Roger J. Trott
  • Father Charles Weber, OSB

Clergy Members From Erie Diocese Named In the Grand Jury Report

  • Michael J. Amy
  • Michael G. Barletta
  • DonalC. Bolton
  • RoberF. Bower
  • DenniChludzinski
  • Donald Cooper
  • Michael R. Freeman
  • GregorP. Furjanic
  • Chester "Chet" Gawronski
  • HerberG. Gloeker
  • RoberE. Hannon
  • James P. Hopkins
  • BarrM. Hudock
  • Joseph W. Jerge
  • Stephen E. Jeselnick
  • ThomaC. Kelley
  • GarL. Ketcham
  • Thaddeus Kondzielski
  • GerarKrebs
  • Jerry (John) Kucan
  • LouiLorei
  • SalvatorP. Luzzi
  • RicharD. Lynch
  • Daniel Martin
  • Redacted - pending litigation
  • Leon T. Muroski
  • Edmundus Murphy
  • John L. Murray
  • Giles L. Nealen
  • Jan Olowin
  • AndrePawlaczyk
  • John A. Piatkowski
  • DaviL. Poulson
  • William Presley
  • John Philip Schanz
  • Samuel B. Slocum
  • ThomaSmith
  • ThomaSnyderwine
  • John Tome
  • Patrick Vallimont
  • Redacted - pending litigation

Priests From Allentown Diocese Named In the Grand Jury Report

  • ThomaJ. Bender
  • ThomaJ. Benestad
  • RoberG. Cofenas
  • DaviConnell
  • FranciJ. Fromholzer
  • James Gaffney
  • Joseph Galko
  • Edward George Ganster
  • FranciT. Gillespie
  • EdwarR. Graff
  • JiGross
  • RicharJ. Guiliani
  • Joseph D. Hulko
  • Timothy Johnson
  • William E. Jones
  • Joseph H. Kean
  • ThomaJ. Kerestus
  • Michael S. Lawrence
  • FranciJoseph McNelis
  • Gabriel Patil
  • Henry Paul
  • Paul G. Puza
  • DenniA. Rigney
  • Joseph A. Rock
  • GeralRoyer
  • Charles J. Ruffenach
  • J. Pascal Sabas
  • William J. Shields
  • Stephen F. Shigo
  • DaviA. Soderlund
  • HenrE. Strassner
  • Bruno M. Tucci
  • A. GregorUhrig
  • AndreAloysius Ulincy
  • RonalYarrosh
  • Joseph A. Zmijewski
  • Redacted - pending litigation

Holding The Church Accountable: Proposals For Reform

"Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability," the grand jury writes.

1. Extend The Statute Of Limitations

Tragically, while many of the priests implicated in the report are still alive, the grand jury report is unlikely to lead to many criminal prosecutions. "We all wish more charges could be filed," says Josh Shapiro, Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, "but due to the church's manipulation of our weak laws in Pennsylvania, too many predators were out of reach."

At this point, only two priests have been formally charged based on the grand jury's findings. That's a tragedy, but it's also proof that sexual abuse is still occurring within the Church. The problem lies in the statute of limitations, a state law that limits the amount of time victims have to press criminal charges or file a civil lawsuit for compensation.

In Pennsylvania, the criminal statute of limitations to prosecute a predator for child sexual abuse ends when the victim turns 50. The civil statute of limitations for bringing a child sex abuse lawsuit against the predator, the Catholic Church and all those who enabled this to happen expires when the victim turns 30 years old.

Those time limits are far too short, advocates say, to prosecute many of the priests named in the report. Due to an extremely unfortunate twist of state law, many abusive priests may be able to evade justice, even though their names have now been released to the public.

"This is the murder of a soul," said James VanSickle, now 55-years-old, who was sexually abused by a priest in Erie during the 80s. VanSickle stood beside Attorney General Josh Shapiro at the press conference announcing the grand jury report's completion. Despite his having come forward, the priest who abused VanSickle cannot be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations.

The grand jury report calls on lawmakers to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child victims of sexual abuse. It also calls for an extension in the civil statute of limitations, which would allow survivors more time to file private lawsuits against their abusers and the Church.

2. Open Retroactive "Window" For Civil Filings

Attorney General Shapiro has even spoken about opening a temporary "window" in the statute, which would allow older victims whose cases are now barred by the statute of limitations to press their claims in court for a pre-defined period of time.

3. End The Use Of Non-Disclosure Agreements

Among its other recommendations, the grand jury report demands an end to the use of nondisclosure agreements, which hold victims to silence after they settle their cases.

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