Fr. John Pascal Sabas (Diocese of Allentown)

Father John Pascal Sabas

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Ordained: 1954

Named in a civil lawsuit: 1989

Died: 1996

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955-1957        Vocations Director (New York)
  • 1957-1958        House DIscretus and Purser (New York)
  • 1958-1960        St. Vincent de Paul (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1960-1962        Sacred Heart (Yarmouth, ME)
  • 1962-1963        St. Joseph (Portland, ME)
  • 1963-1964        St. Francis of Assisi (Minersville, PA)
  • 1964-1965        St. Francis of Assisi (Allentown, PA)
  • 1965-1966        St. Patrick (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1966-1967        BIshop’s Relief Agency (West Schuylkill, PA)
  • 1967-1977        St. Vincent de Paul (Girardville, PA)
  • 1977-1980        St. Ignatius Loyola (Sinking Spring, PA)
  • 1980-1983        Diocesan chancery assignments
  • 1983-1985        St. George (Shenandoah, PA)
  • 1985            Return to religious life
  • 1986            St. Anthony (Easton, PA)
  • 1987-1989        St. John the Baptist (Shillington, PA)
  • 1989-1991        Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1991            Retired

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John P. Sabas:

It appears from his assignment history that Sabas was originally ordained a priest of a religious order, rather than for the Diocese of Allentown, though the name of the Order is not disclosed in the grand jury report.  At some point, he likely became incardinated into the Diocese of Allentown, though it appears he unsuccessfully tried to return to the Order in 1985.  There are numerous red flags in his assignment history that would merit additional investigation in the event a lawsuit were filed against the Diocese of Allentown as they may suggest a history of abuse allegations.

In 1974, a young man approached the Diocese of Allentown and reported that he was sexually abused by Sabas at the age of 14, in 1964.  He recalls that Sabas abused him in the basement of the boy’s family home, at school, and in the church after mass. The abuse ended when Sabas was transferred to a new parish.

In 1989, the man sued the Diocese of Allentown and obtained a monetary settlement.  Notably, Sabas was not removed from ministry until after the lawsuit was filed, more than 15 years after the Diocese of Allentown first became aware of the allegations.

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