Msgr. Charles Schaeflein – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Msgr. Charles Schaeflein

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Msgr. Charles Schaeflein Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1949

Retired: 1989

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1949-1950 Holy Trinity (Morrisville, PA)
  • 1950-1952 St. Ann (Phoenixville, PA)
  • 1952-1963 Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1952-1954 Mater Dolorosa (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1954 St. Alphonsus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1954-1956 Ascension (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1956-1963 St. Richard (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1963-1965 Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA)
  • 1963-1965 St. Bernadette (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • 1965-1977 Bishop Conwell High School (Fairless Hills, PA)
  • 1965-1977 St. Joseph the Worker (Fallsington, PA)
  • 1977-1989 St. Andrew (Newtown, PA)
  • 1989-2005 Chaplain, Mount Nazareth Convent (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Charles Schaeflein:

According to a 2005 statement to media, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia put Msgr. Charles Schaeflein on permanent restriction following a credible allegation of sexual abuse.  All the Archdiocese said about the allegation was that it was made before 1990. No details about Schaeflein’s assignment at the time of the abuse, nor the age or gender of the victim was provided.  

Schaeflein’s name appeared on a 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 summaries Lynn wrote, “only basic information is contained in this report so as not to have too much in writing on this matter.”  

Schaeflein’s name appears in the section pertaining to those against whom an allegation had been made but for whom no corroborating evidence had been found, which is by far the longest part of the memorandum. Given the grand jury’s findings that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia avoided investigating claims beyond obtaining the priest’s statement, this is not surprising.  

Shaeflein died in 2013 as a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  According to the Archdiocese, he resided at Villa St. Joseph in Darby, Pennsylvania, where other accused priests reside, at the time of his death.

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