Father James J. McHale
Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)
Assigned as follows:
- 1960-1962 Sacred Heart (West Reading, PA)
- 1962-1965 Notre Dame of Bethelhem (Bethlehem, PA)
- 1965-1983 Holy Family Manor (Bethlehem, PA)
- 1974-1983 Holy Family Villa for Priests (Bethlehem, PA)
- 1983-1994 St. Vincent de Paul (Minersville, PA)
- 1994-1997 Sacred Heart (Bath, PA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James McHale:
Not much is known about McHale’s history in the Diocese of Allentown. His name appeared on the Diocese of Allentown’s August 2018 list of credibly accused priests. According to its disclosure, the first allegation about McHale was received after his death in 1997. No details were provided as to the dates of the abuse, age of the victim(s), and context of the abuse. McHale was not discussed in the August 2018 grand jury.
McHale was named in a 2009 lawsuit against the Diocese of Allentown that was filed in Delaware by a woman who says she reported her abuse by McHale in 1991, but no action was taken by the Diocese of Allentown. According to her allegations, she was abused in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Pennsylvania and on a family trip to Rome during which McHale was a special guest. She reported the incidents as a young woman to another priest, Fr. William Geiger, who she later learned was himself an accused priest in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
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