Father William J. Dougherty – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father William J. Dougherty

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. William Dougherty Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Laicized: 2006

Placed on Leave: 1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969-1970 St. Augustine (Bridgeport, PA)
  • 1970 All Saints Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1970-1993 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1970-1973 Our Mother of Mercy Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1973-1977 Nativity B.V.M. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1975-1996 Military Chaplain, U.S. Air Force-Reserve
  • 1977-1978 Nazareth Academy Convent
  • 1978-1980 St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1983 Holy Child (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1983-1986 Holy Angels (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1986-1994 St. Jerome (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1993-1994 Mercy Vocational High School
  • 1994-1996 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Doylestown, PA)
  • 1996 Leave of Absence
  • 1996 Rochester Treatment Center
  • 1996-1998 Mother of Divine Providence (King of Prussia, PA)
  • 1998-1999 Nativity (Warminster, PA)
  • 1999-2006 Leave of Absence
  • 1999 Saint John Vianney Center
  • 1999-200 Villa Saint Joseph

Summary of Allegations Against Father William J. Dougherty:

According to the 2005 Grand Jury Report, Father William Dougherty was accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a female high school student. No date or description of the abuse was given. According to the report, Father William Dougherty had been placed on administrative leave back in 1999. In 2004, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia accepted the review board assessment stating that the allegation against Father William Dougherty was credible. In 2004 his ministry was restricted and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that the Vatican was reviewing laicization. Later in 2004 Father Dougherty’s ministry was further restricted and ultimately Father William Dougherty was laicized in 2006.

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