Father Michael J. Amy – Diocese of Erie
Absent on Sick Leave: 1991-1993
Inpatient evaluation/treatment 1991
Removed from ministry: 1993
Assigned as follows:
- 1978-1979 Our Lady of Peace (Erie, PA)
- 1979-1985 Cathedral Preparatory School (Erie, PA)
- 1979-1981 Blessed Sacrament (Erie, PA)
- 1981-1985 Holy Trinity (Erie, PA)
- 1985-1988 Elk County Catholic High School
- 1985-1986 Holy Rosary (Johnsonburg, PA)
- 1985-1986 St. Callistus (Kane, PA)
- 1985-1988 Holy Rosary (St. Mary’s, PA)
- 1988-1990 Bradford Central Christian High School (Bradford, PA)
- 1988-1990 St. Bernard (Bradford, PA)
- 1989-1991 St. Callistus (Kane, PA)
- 1991-1993 Absent on Sick Leave
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Amy:
In 1993, Father Michael Amy first admitted in writing that he sexually abused boys in his care. According to a letter he wrote to a Diocese not identified in the grand jury report, he “took the opportunity to touch the genitals of several boys” while working at Camp Notre Dame as a seminarian in 1974 or 1975. According to Amy, one of the boys ran away and reported his molestation when he was located by Pennsylvania state police. Amy was taken into custody but no criminal charges were ever filed.
Amy was ordained in 1978. He admitted to patronizing male prostitutes throughout his career as a priest, including his assignments in the Pittsburgh and Baltimore dioceses.
In 1991, a man contacted the Diocese of Erie to report he was sexually abused as a 14 year old boy in the early 1980s. He was working as a prostitute to support a drug habit. Amy would give him money for sex, some of which occurred in the rectory at Holy Trinity parish. Amy was removed and sent for a psych eval at St. Luke Institute, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in Suitland, Maryland.
In 1993, the Diocese of Erie took the unusual step of seeking to have Amy removed from the priesthood (involuntary laicization), no doubt due to the scandalous nature of his ongoing conduct. Information was provided that priests who oversaw Amy’s seminary education had actual knowledge that he was sexually abusing children even before he became a priest. One even said, “I personally wondered when these things would resurface,” according to the documents reviewed by the grand jury.
The priest who ran Camp Notre Dame flatly denied any knowledge of negative incidents involving Amy, including that which resulted in Amy being taken into custody by Pennsylvania state police.
In late 2002, a second victim reported to the Diocese of Erie that he was sexually abused by Amy as a student at Cathedral Prep High School in the early 1980s. The abuse began in the confessional with inappropriate questions from the priest, and let to multiple instances of fondling the child.
Amy never returned to ministry after his removal in 1991.
Amy is still alive and resides in Niceville, Florida. He is 66 years old.
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