Fr. Charles Ruffenach (Diocese of Allentown)

Father Charles Ruffenach

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Ordained: 1930

Died: 1980

Assigned as follows:

  • 1930-1931        Holy Ghost (Bethlehem, PA)
  • 1931-1934        St. Mary of the Assumption (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1934-1979        St. John the Baptist (Stiles, PA)
  • 1979-1980        Holy Family Villa

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Ruffenach:

Ruffenach was ordained for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and incardinated into the Diocese of Allentown when it was formed in 1961.

In 2001, the Diocese of Allentown received an allegation that Ruffenach abused a young boy from approximately 1945 until 1953 (Grades 1-8) at St. John the Baptist.  Ruffenach referred to the inappropriate touching as “washing his penis” to normalize it with the boy.

According to documents reviewed by the grand jury, the victim confronted Ruffenach in the 1980s and he denied any wrongdoing.  Instead, Ruffenach told the man that it was his doing, that he (the boy) had asked Ruffenach to wash his penis.

Ruffenach died in 1980. The Diocese of Allentown stated that he retired in 1979.

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