Father Neil P. McLaughlin
Diocese of Scranton
Assigned as follows:
- 1961 – 1983: Taught at Scranton Preparatory School, Scranton, PA
- 1965-1983: Supply work, Georgetown University Hospital pastoral care program, Washington, DC
- 1971 – 1995: Celebrated weekend masses at St. John Bosco, Conyngham, PA
- 1985 – 1986: Served as the Assistant Director of Campus Ministries, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
- 1985 – 2006: Administrative jobs with the Alumni Association at the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
- 1990s: Celebrated weekend masses at St. Mary of the Assumption, Scranton, PA
- 1996 – 2006: Ministered part-time at St. Thomas More, Lake Ariel, PA
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Neil P. McLaughlin:
Father Neil McLaughlin was a Jesuit priest from the Maryland Province of the Society
of Jesus, which had a Jesuit Community within the Diocese of Scranton.
When Bishop Martino was installed as the Bishop of Scranton, he directed that a comprehensive review of all allegations of sexual misconduct involving clerics of the Diocese of Scranton be conducted. A concern about McLaughlin was discovered.
In 2002, McLaughlin’s niece alleged that she was touched in an inappropriate manner by priest as a child. While in therapy, the niece had recovered a memory that in 1959, McLaughlin hugged her in a sexual manner at his ordination. According to media reports, officials at the Maryland Province of the Jesuits first became aware of the allegation in 1990. In 2010, the allegations were deemed “credible” during an internal review by the Jesuits.
McLaughlin was sent for an evaluation and was diagnosed as a latent pedophile in 2002. The Jesuits recently sent McLaughlin for another evaluation; the professional conducting that evaluation purportedly opined that there was an error in the first evaluation and that McLaughlin was not a threat to children.
In 2006, the Diocese of Scranton received notification from the Jesuit community that it was recommended that McLaughlin continue ministry but that it be restricted to ministry that did not involve children.
In 2007, McLaughlin was assigned to the Jesuit Provincial Community in Baltimore, Maryland. McLaughlin was notified by the Diocese of Scranton that his faculties were withdrawn.
In 2008, an adult female reported to the Jesuits that McLaughlin touched her in an inappropriate manner in 1963 when she was 10 years old. The allegation was reported to the local police department in Maryland but wasn’t made public until 2010.
According to the most recent records, McLaughlin was last living at Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore, Maryland. He is 91 years old.
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