Father Aloysius H. Vath
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Retired (in good standing): 1979
Continued assignments in ministry 1979-1998
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Aloysius H. Vath:
Father Aloysius H. Vath’s name appeared on a February 1994 memo from William Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Secretary for the Clergy, to James Molloy, the Vicar for Administration for the Archdiocese. The purpose of the memo was to catalog the sexual abuse allegations kept in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Secret Archives, which are files traditionally accessible only by the archbishop and, sometimes, one of his designees. Under Canon Law, the Archdiocese is required to maintain any potentially scandalous information in the Secret Archives. Of the summaries Lynn wrote, “only basic information is contained in this report so as not to have too much in writing on this matter.”
Vath’s name appears in the section labeled “Guilty of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.” According to the summary, there were multiple allegations “with young boys over a period of eighteen years.” No additional information about the allegations is publicly available.
Vath died in 1998. It appears from his listings in The Official Catholic Directory that he remained in ministry at St. Francis Xavier parish in Philadelphia until his death.
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