Fr. Carmen Taraborelli – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Carmen F. Taraborelli

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. Carmen Taraborelli Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Placed on administrative leave: 1999

Inpatient treatment: 1999

Permanent restriction from ministry: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1971 St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1970-1971 St. Maria Goretti High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1971-1974 St. Veronica (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1974-1975 St. Bonaventure (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1975-1979 Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1979-1983 St. Ephrem (Bensalem, PA)
  • 1979-1983 Bishop Conwell High School (Levittown, PA)
  • 1983-1986 St. Monica (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1986-1989 St. Anastasia (Newtown Square, PA)
  • 1989-1993 Our Lady of Loreto (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1993-1999 St. Callistus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1999 St. Laurence (Upper Darby, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Carmen Taraborelli:

According to the 2005 grand jury report, Father Carmen Taraborelli was accused of sexually abusing a fifth grade altar boy at St. Ephrem in Bensalem in the early 1980s. The report was made in September 1999.  Taraborelli was removed from ministry a month later and sent for a psychological evaluation at Villa St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

There is no indication if Taraborelli admitted to the allegation or if he disclosed additional victims during the course of his psychological evaluation.  That he never again returned to ministry suggests that he did, but we cannot be certain of that without reviewing his personnel files during the course of litigation.  

In 2004, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia permanently restricted Taraborelli’s ministry.  Taraborelli agreed to waive his Canonical rights to a trial and accept a “supervised life of prayer and penance” without faculties to minister.  The extent of his daily supervision is unknown, however.

Taraborelli is still alive and believed to be residing in the Morton, Pennsylvania, area. He is 75 years old.

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