Fr. William Killian – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father William Killian

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1935

Died: 1965

Summary of Sexual Abuse allegations against Fr. William Killian:

In 2002, a woman gave an interview to the Philadelphia Inquirer and identified Father William Killian as the priest who sexually abused her as a young child in the 1950s at St. Richard in South Philadelphia.  In a separate interview, a man told the reporter that Killian would dress him and other children in skimpy costumes and make them dance around. He even forced one girl to dance for him totally naked.

Killian was also named in a 2006 civil class-action RICO lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that was later dismissed by a judge.

Killian’s name does not appear on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s list of credibly accused priests.  He was not identified in the 2005 grand jury report.

Killian died in 1965 as a priest in good standing.

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