Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua – Diocese of Brooklyn

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1949

Elevated: 1991

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1950                Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and St. Stephen’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1951-1953      Holy Cross (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1954-1956      On Duty Outside the Diocese; North American College (Rome, Italy) 
  • 1957                Motherhouse and Novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph (Brentwood, NY)
  • 1958-1965      Assistant-Chancellors and Notaries; Holy Name (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1966-1973      Vice-Chancellor (Brooklyn, NY); Holy Name (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1973-1975      Vice-Chancellor, Diocese of Brooklyn, NY; Chancery Residence (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1976-1978      Chancellor, Diocese of Brooklyn, NY; Chancery Residence (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1979-1983      Chancellor, Diocese of Brooklyn, NY; Curial Residence (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1981-1983      Auxiliary to the Bishop (Brooklyn, NY)  
  • 1983-1985      Bishop of Pittsburgh, PA; St. Paul’s Cathedral (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • 1984-1987      Bishop of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • 1988-2003      Archbishop of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua:

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua earned a Doctorate in Canon Law (J.C.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and a civil law degree from Saint John’s University. He held several influential positions in the Chancery of the Diocese of Brooklyn prior to being appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1983. He was installed as Archbishop of Philadelphia in 1988, then elevated to Cardinal in 1991. 

According to media reports, Cardinal Bevilacqua testified on at least 10 occasions before multiple Grand Jury proceedings and investigations regarding Philadelphia priests accused of sexual abuse of minors. In 2018, he was named in a child sexual abuse lawsuit for allegedly abusing a minor girl in the 1980s at St. Gabriel’s in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. He retired in 2003 and died in 2012.

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