Fr. Charles McColgan – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Charles McColgan

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1964

Died: 1993

Named in civil suit: 1994

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Charles McColgan:

The allegations against Father Charles McColgan came to light during a lawsuit against the Diocese of Camden (New Jersey).  In 2002 trial testimony, a man said that was sexually abused by New Jersey priest John P. Kelly, who eventually introduced him to McColgan at age 12 or 13.  According to the victim-witness, McColgan sexually abused him a bathhouse where Kelly often brought him.

The Diocese of Camden’s official response to the media was to say that since the victim eventually became a doctor, he should have realized he was a victim of abuse before he turned 20 and that the entire matter should be dismissed due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.  Ultimately, a judge agreed and dismissed the case.

McColgan was not discussed in the 2005 grand jury report.  He does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests.  

McColgan died in 1993.  

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