Fr. H. Cornell Bradley – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father H. Cornell Bradley

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

H. Cornell Bradley Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

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 Cornell Bradley:

Father Cornell Bradley was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1969 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. 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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