Father John Pascal Sabas
Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)
Named in a civil lawsuit: 1989
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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