Father Joseph McCafferty
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph McCafferty:
Father Joseph F. McCafferty’s name appeared on a secret February 1994 memo from William Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Secretary for the Clergy, to James Molloy, the Vicar for Administration for the Archdiocese. The purpose of the memo was to catalog the sexual abuse allegations kept in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Secret Archives, which are files traditionally accessible only by the archbishop and, sometimes, one of his designees. Under Canon Law, the Archdiocese is required to maintain any potentially scandalous information in the Secret Archives. Of the summary nature of the list Lynn wrote, “only basic information is contained in this report so as not to have too much in writing on this matter.” McCafferty’s name appears in the section labeled “Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors with No Conclusive Evidence,” along with the majority of priests listed in the 6 page memo.
McCafferty was not discussed in the 2005 grand jury report. His name does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of accused priests.
No information is publicly available about the nature or context of the allegations made.
McCafferty died in 2004.
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