Fr. H. Cornell Bradley – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father H. Cornell Bradley

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1965      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) 
  • 1965-1966      De Nobili School (Dhanbad, India)
  • 1970-1971      Georgetown University (Washington, DC)  
  • 1971-1972      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) 
  • 1972-1976      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)   Residence: Holy Trinity Church (Washington, DC) 
  • 1976-1979      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) 
  • 1979-1981      Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau (Baltimore, MD)   Residence: Jesuit Community of Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1981-1988      Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau (Baltimore, MD) Residence: Wheeler House Jesuit Community (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1988-1989      Jesuit Community of St. Therese (Mooresville, NC) 
  • 1989-1993      St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Church (Boone, NC) 
  • 1993-1994      Provincial Residence (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1994-1999      St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1998                Jesuit Community of St. Therese (Mooresville, NC) 
  • 1999-2006      Jesuit Community at St. Joseph’s University (Merion Station, PA)
  •  2006-2007      Jesuit Community of St. Isaac Jogues (Wernersville, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father H. Cornell Bradley:

Father H. Cornell Bradley was a Jesuit priest. According to media reports, in 1993, he was first removed from the ministry after accusations surfaced that he had engaged in “sexual misconduct” with three people, including two 15 year-old boys and a woman. 

In 1995, he was sent for treatment. He then returned to the ministry and was assigned to St. Joseph University.

In 2006, Father Bradley was again accused of sexual misconduct with an adult male during the early 1980s. As a result of this and four other credible allegations involving minors and adults over the course of three decades, Father Bradley was again removed from the ministry. 

By March 2007 five more people came forward, several with reports that Father Bradley had engaged in sexual misconduct with minors in the 1960s and ’70s at Gonzaga College High School, in Washington, DC, where he spent much of his career pre and post-ordination. Others complained that he had made inappropriate sexual comments involving a student and staff member at St. Joseph’s University.

In 2007, Father Bradley left the order and was said to be living under supervision in a Jesuit community on the East Coast. 

In December 2018, Father H. Cornell Bradley was named publicly as accused on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. 

In March 2019, a police report was filed in Charlotte, NC by a man alleging Father Bradley and another priest each abused him as a teen in NC in the 1990s. The alleged victim said, “At 13 I attempted suicide after the assault with Bradley by jumping off the side of the church, and since that point forward, it’s been a revolving door in and out of psychiatric institutions trying to get treatment and discussing the assaults that took place.”

In February 2019, Father Bourbon’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of credibly accused priests. In December 2019, his name was added to the Diocese of Charlotte’s list.

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