Msgr. Richard T. Powers – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Msgr. Richard T. Powers

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1963

Retired (in good standing): 2010

Removed: 2011

Permanently Restricted: 2013

Assigned as follows:

    • Our Lady of Mercy (Philadelphia, PA)
    • St. Patrick (Norristown, PA)
    • Catholic Foreign Mission Service (Venezuela)
    • St. Veronica (Philadelphia, PA)
    • St. Michael (Chester, PA)
    • Incarnation of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
    • St. Michael the Archangel (Levittown, PA)
    • Epiphany of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Richard T. Powers:

Msgr. Richard T. Powers’ 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.”  

Powers’ name appears in the section labeled “Guilty of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.”  According to the summary, Powers “had a sexual relationship with a seventeen year old girl in Caracas, Venezuela, while with the Society of St. James,” and that they occurred sometime before 1989.  Powers was assigned to the Catholic Foreign Mission Service in Venezuela from 1967 to 1976.

Powers retired in good standing in 2010 but he remained at Epiphany of Our Lord parish until he was placed on administrative leave in 2011. He was permanently removed in 2013 after the Archdiocese’s internal review board found him unsuitable for ministry (but made no recommendation on whether the abuse occurred or not).

Powers does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests.  His current status with the Archdiocese is unknown.

Powers is still alive and is believed to be residing in the Darby, Pennsylvania, area.  He is 83 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Philadelphia now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Charles Richard Ginder – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Charles Richard Ginder

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: 1940

Death: 1984

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1940-1942 – St. Gregory, Zelienople, PA and St. Mathias, Evans City, PA
  • 1942-1946 – Society of St. Suplice (NFI)
  • 1946-1950 – Saint’s Simon & Jude, Blairsville, PA
  • 1950-1953 – St. George, Pittsburgh, PA (South Side)
  • 1953-1959 – St. Joseph, Pittsburgh, PA (North Side)
  • 1954-1962 – Censor Librorum
  • 1959-1961 – St. Mary, New Castle, PA
  • 1961-1962 – School Sisters of St. Francis, Bellevue, PA
  • 1962-1963 – Health-related leave of absence
  • 1963-1964 – Our Lady of Mercy Academy (NFI)
  • 1964 – St. Januarius, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1964 – St. John the Baptist, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1964-1967 – Sick Leave
  • 1967-? – St. John the Baptist, Baden, PA
  • 1976 – Relieved of priestly duties

Summary of Allegations Against Father Charles Richard Ginder:

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has been contacted by multiple men accusing Father Charles Richard Ginder of sexual abuse. In 1999, a man called the Diocese and threatened to sue. Media reports reveal that the 40-year-old Seattle man was 15 when Ginder started to abuse him, giving him alcohol and money in addition to showing him pornography and taking him on trips. He later told diocesan officials that he was planning to write a book to publicly expose the abuse he suffered at the hands of Father Ginder and another unnamed Pittsburgh priest. He wanted money from the Diocese for medication and counseling he had needed because of the abuse. The Diocese of Pittsburgh sent him around $4,000 and a Receipt and Release statement in 2007. A 2008 letter in files belonging to the Diocese of Pittsburgh revealed that another male who was abused by Ginder would receive $16,000 as part of a settlement with the Diocese.

A 50-year-old New Jersey man reported abuse in 2002. The abuse took place when the man was between the ages of 15 and 17. He and another boy would drink alcohol and engage in sexual contact with Ginder at the home of the Bishop, who allegedly knew about the abuse. The victim also stated that he lived with Father Ginder for a short time, and called him a “physically abusive monster.”

Another victim came forward in 2007. The 69-year-old male said that he was molested by Ginder in the 1940s when he was a child at St. Mary’s on the North Side. Ginder was assigned to a different church at the time, but in the mornings he would wait for the victim outside St. Mary’s and offer to give him rides. He did not detail the abuse but said he stopped accepting Ginder’s offers for rides and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He had also attempted suicide and had awful nightmares.

The Diocese of Manchester in New Hampshire received a complaint about Father Charles Richard Ginder in 2011. He said he was 15 or 16 when, in 1980, Ginder fondled his genitals when he was driving the victim home after he was almost assaulted by a different man. Another man came forward in 2013 and said he was abused by Ginder in 1960s. He described being touched inappropriately in Ginder’s car after he had befriended the priest.

According to media reports from 2004, law enforcement officials found photos of underage boys engaged in sexual acts and written records of Ginder’s own sexual activities in 1969. He received 10 years probation.

Ginder was also well-known as a columnist when he was a priest. He published a book critiquing the church’s opinions on sexuality in 1976 and his priestly duties were revoked. He was convicted of anally raping two 16-year-old boys in 1978, resulting in up to 4 years in prison.

Ginder died in a car accident in 1984.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. John A. Geinzer – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father John A. Geinzer

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1967

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1968-1973 – Parochial Vicar, St. Paul (Butler, PA)
  • 1973-1975 – Special Assignment, Office of Religious Education, Diocese of Pittsburgh Pastoral Center
  • 1973-1975 – Duquesne University – Graduate Studies
  • 1975-1980 – Assistant Director, Adult Religious Education, Diocese of Pittsburgh Pastoral Center
  • 1980-1990 – Associate Spiritual Director, Mount St. Mary Seminary (Emmitsburg, MD)
  • 1990-1991 – Parochial Vicar, Holy Innocents (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1991-1994 – Assistant Chaplain Nursing Home, McGuire Memorial Home (New Brighton, PA)
  • 1991-1994 – Administrator, St. Cyril & Methodius (New Brighton, PA)
  • 1994-2000 – Pastor, St. Colman (Turtle Creek, PA)
  • 2000-2007 – Chaplain Military -US Navy, Archdiocese for Military Services (Washington, DC)
  • 2007-2008 – Administrator, St. Barbara (Bridgeville, PA)
  • 2008-2011 – Parochial Vicar, St. John the Baptist (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 2011-2018 – Chaplain, Little Sisters of the Poor (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 2018 – Restricted from public ministry/Retired

Summary of Allegations Against Father John A. Geinzer:

A Diocesan document from 1995 revealed that the son of a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said he was fondled by Father Geinzer in 1980 when he was 13 years old. In 2009, when Geinzer requested Bishop David Zubik’s endorsement to serve as a chaplain on a cruise ship, his request denied due to the accusations of sexual abuse in his file.

In 2014, a woman called the Diocese of Pittsburgh concerning Father John A. Geinzer’s behavior around her eight-year-old son and other adolescent boys. She said that Geinzer made comments about how handsome her son was, touched him frequently, and overall seemed too interested in him. Her son said to her that he did not want Geinzer touching him and was upset by the thought of talking to him. The woman added that she saw Father Geinzer touching a 13-year-old boy and making comments about his clothing. These uncomfortable instances occurred at Little Sisters of the Poor, where the woman and her family visited her parents.

Another memorandum in 2014 detailed a discussion between Father Eckman and Father Geinzer in which Eckman stated that Geninzer was making young boys uncomfortable by touching their backs for too long in public. He did not do this to the girls. Geinzer was advised not to touch any minors.

Even after these reports, the Diocese of Pittsburgh still referred to Father John A. Geinzer in letters as a priest in “good standing” and said that no allegations of misconduct had ever been directed at him. They also said that he was not known to have inappropriate contact with minors. Father Geinzer was not restricted from public ministry until the fall of 2018.

Geinzer is still living and is believed to be residing in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area.  He is 77 years old. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Joseph M. Ganter – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Joseph M. Ganter

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: 1922

Death: 1965

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1922-1923 – Saint’s Peter & Paul (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1923-1932 – St. Martin Church (West End, Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1932-1942 – St. Athanasius Church (West View, PA)
  • 1942-1964 – St. Boniface Church (Penn, PA)
  • 1964 – Retired

Summary of Allegations Against Father Joseph M. Ganter:

Accusations of sexual abuse against Father Joseph Ganter surfaced in 2008. The Diocese of Pittsburgh was contacted by an 80-year-old male who said he was abused when he was about ten years old in the 1930s at St. Anthanasius. He said he knew of five other adolescent boys that had inappropriate sexual relations with Ganter. The Diocese of Pittsburgh then reviewed Father Ganter’s file and discovered accusations of sexual abuse from 1944.

The first victim from this file was around 14 years old when Ganter requested he perform a sex act in Ganter’s office. The boy panicked and cried, then Ganter gave him money and told him not to say anything about it to anyone. The second victim was 15 when the same thing happened to him. Like the first victim, this boy refused. Ganter then gave him a bingo ticket and some money and told him not to tell anyone. The third victim was a teenager when he and Ganter were seen engaged in sexual activity in the parish house by another boy.

Ganter requested that a Justice of the Peace look into these accusations in 1945. The victims gave inconsistent stories and denied participating in sexual activity with Father Joseph Ganter.

Ganter died in 1965.

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Fr. John (Jack) Fitzgerald – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father John (Jack) Fitzgerald

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1974

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1974-1977 – St. Thomas, Braddock, PA
  • 1974-1977 – St. Michael, Braddock, PA
  • 1977-1982 – St. Michael the Archangel, Butler, PA
  • 1982-1983 – St. Alexis, Wexford, PA
  • 1983-1988 – All Saint’s, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1988-1989 – St. Anselm, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1989-1991 – St. Teresa of Avila, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1991-1995 – St. Anthony, Bessemer, PA
  • 1994-1996 – Pittsburgh International Airport
  • 1995 – St. Lawrence, Hillsville, PA
  • 1995-1996 – St. John Neumann, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1996-2009 – Pittsburgh International Airport
  • 2009-2014 – Our Lady of Peace, Conway, PA
  • 2014-2017 – Administrative leave
  • 2017 – Retired

Summary of Allegations Against Father John (Jack) Fitzgerald:

Media reports and documents from the Diocese of Pittsburgh show that there was one victim who came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Father John Fitzgerald. A priest contacted the Diocese in 2014 to report that a male family member of his had been abused by Father Fitzgerald. The abuse occurred when Fitzgerald was staying at Holy Trinity Church and working at the Pittsburgh International Airport. According to the victim, Father Fitzgerald took him to his airplane multiple times and groped his genitals. He also said that he made him give Fitzgerald oral sex approximately six times. The victim noted that Fitzgerald threatened to similarly sexually abuse the boy’s mother and sister if he told anyone.

Father John (Jack) Fitzgerald thoroughly denied these allegations. Though the Diocesan Review Board believed that there was some truth to the allegations, they also found Fitzgerald’s denial of the abuse to be very convincing. Some drug treatment and counseling expenses were provided to the family by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and Bishop David Zubik granted Fitzgerald’s request to begin his retirement in 2017.

Fitzgerald is still living and is believed to be residing in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. He is 70 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Ralph Esposito – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Ralph Esposito

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1967

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1967-1978 – Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Mother of Sorrows (McKees Rock, PA)
  • 1978-1981 – Diocese of Little Rock
  • St. Michael Church (Van Buren, AR)
  • 2002 – Retired

Summary of Allegations Against Father Ralph Esposito:

According to media reports, Father Ralph Esposito is accused of molesting an adolescent boy starting in 1973 and continuing for three years. The boy was ten years old when the sexual abuse started at Mother of Sorrows Parish in McKees Rock, Pennsylvania. Father Ralph Esposito transferred to the Diocese of Little Rock in Arkansas in 1978, but there was nothing in his record about sexual abuse. The victim was named in a 2004 lawsuit and he was part of a larger settlement deal with the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2007.

Esposito is still living and is believed to be residing in the New Castle, Pennsylvania, area. He is 77 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. David F. Dzermejko – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father David F. Dzermejko

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1974

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1974 -1979 – Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Natrona Heights, PA
  • 1979-1984 – St. Teresa of Avila, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1984-1991 – St. Susanna, Penn Hills, PA
  • 1991-1992 – St. Jerome, Charleroi, PA
  • 1992-2009 – Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi, PA
  • 2009 – Leave of Absence
  • 2009-2013 – Resides at St. John Vianney Manor, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2015 – Laicized

Summary of Allegations Against Father David F. Dzermejko:

Records subpoenaed from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as well as other pertinent filed concerning Father David Dzermejko, reveal that he had sexually abused multiple young boys. The first of these victims was reported to the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2009 when his wife called the Diocese. She said that her husband, who had committed suicide a few months before her call, had told her that Dzermejko inappropriately touched him as a boy. She described two instances of Father Dzermejko fondling the victim, one in the priest’s car and one on a ferris wheel at a carnival.

Later in 2009, a second victim contacted the Diocese of Pittsburgh to report that Father David Dzermejko had sexually abused him from 1979 to 1972. This was when he was in fifth, sixth, and seventh grades at St. Teresa of Avila, where he was also an altar boy at the church. This victim said that his family was close to Dzermejko and referred to him as “Father Dave.” He said that he was anally raped by Dzermejko in addition to being given oral sex and forced to perform oral sex. Some of this inappropriate contact took place within the victim’s own home.

Another adult male reported abuse by Father Dzermejko to the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2012. When he was first introduced to Djermejko, the victim did not know he was a priest and Dzermejko said he was a “hospital administrator.” He told the Diocese that Dzermejko had performed oral sex on him in the late 1980s when he was 15 or 16 years old. He would take him to bars in both Pittsburgh in West Virginia and he touched the boy inappropriately at many different locations, including Dzermejko’s boat, outside of a restaurant, in the rectory in a church in Charleroi, and more.

Father David F. Dzermejko was placed on administrative leave in mid-2009. He was ordered to become a resident of Villa St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. In 2013, law enforcement raided his residence in St. John Vianney and found child pornography, illegal drugs, and firearms. He was arrested for possession of child pornography. He admitted to everything from having child porn for the last 10 years to traveling to Thailand to engage in sexual contact with teenage boys. He pled guilty to his child pornography charges and began a 3-year sentence in 2014. He was officially dismissed by the Vatican at the request of Bishop David Zubik in 2015. Djermejko received financial assistance from the Diocese of Pittsburgh for a year or more into his prison sentence.

Dzermejko is still living and is believed to be residing in the Braddock, Pennsylvania, area.  He is 70 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Richard J. Dorsch – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Richard J. Dorsch

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1970

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1970-1975 – Parochial Vicar, St. Basil, Carrick, PA
  • 1975-1977 – Parochial Vicar, St. Philip, Crafton, PA
  • 1977-1983 – Parochial Vicar, All Saints, Etna, PA
  • 1983-1985 – Parochial Vicar, St. Michael, Butler, PA
  • 1985-1991 – Pastor, St. Francis De Sale, McKees Rocks, PA
  • 1991-1994 – Administrator, St. Coleman, Turtle Creek, PA
  • 1994 – Team Ministry, Risen Lord, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1994 – Leave of Absence
  • 1996 – Withdrawn from Ministry

Summary of Allegations Against Father Richard J. Dorsch:

Diocesan documents revealed six victims that came forward with allegations against Father Richard Dorsch. The first victim was 13 years old in 1994 when he told his doctor that he had been touched inappropriately by Father Dorsch. At the time, he was serving as pastor at Risen Lord. He was arrested shortly after the Allegheny County Police Department investigated the allegations and the Diocese of Pittsburgh put him on administrative in addition to scheduling an evaluation for him at St. Luke Institute, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests located in Suitland, Maryland.

Diocesan files show that Dorsch admitted to touching the boy. He said that he put the boy on his lap, stroked his stomach, and played with his nipples. When asked, he said that he did not think he touched the boy’s genitals. He also admitted that he avoided being alone with adolescent boys because he knew he was attracted to them.

Father Richard Dorsch was convicted of indecent assault and corrupting the morals of a minor in 1995. He only spent a week in prison before being released on parole, even though he was originally sentenced to 11.5 to 23 months.

Dorsch’s second victim came forward late in 1994. He said he was 10 years old in 1981 when the abuse began at the All Saints church. He described being kissed on the head and told to touch Dorsch’s bare chest. The victim also said that in 1991, Dorsch fondled the victim’s genitals while they were naked in a hot tub together. In another instance, Dorsch was with a small group of young boys (including the victim) and one of the other boys told the victim that Father Dorsch had tried to touch his testicles while they were swimming in a lake. The second victim estimated that Dorsch had abused him 50 to 70 separate times and he filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Dorsch had another stay at St. Luke Institute in 1996. A 1997 letter from Dorsch to Bishop Donald Wuerl asked Wuerl about Dorsch’s monthly stipend. Dorsch continued to receive a $1,000 stipend from the Diocese of Pittsburgh until 2007. Members of the Diocese also attempted to help Dorsch find a job elsewhere so as to not stir up any more controversy in the Pittsburgh area.

A third victim’s allegations were revealed in 2004. The victim, who was an adult in 2004, was an altar boy and went to school at All Saints. He alleged that when he was in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades from 1982 to 1985 he was abused by Father Dorsch. He mentioned that Dorsch would make the boy sit on his lap while they were in the hot tub, make him inappropriately touch Dorsch when he was driving, and that he would place his hands in the boy’s pants. He later added that abuse included anal and oral sex. Dorsch admitted to inappropriate contact with this victim in 2008. After this third victim attempted suicide in 2008, the Diocese of Pittsburgh paid for his therapy. The victim committed suicide in 2010, a few months after the Diocese told him they would stop paying for his mental health treatment.

The fourth victim came to the Diocese in 2012 as a 45-year-old man. He said that Father Richard Dorsch abused him in the seventh and eighth grades, which resulted in him becoming a heavy drinker by the end of eighth grade. The Diocese of Pittsburgh paid for this victims bus pass and bed, as he was homeless at the time.

In 2012, the Diocesan Assistance Coordinator contacted the mother of the fifth victim. Aged 32 when his mother was contacted, the victim was only 13 or 14 years old when the abuse took place. The mother of the fifth victim said that she discovered the abuse in the mid-90s when Dorsch was arrested but her pastor told her not to contact the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The family had privately paid for the victim’s therapy.

In 2016, an adult male told Diocesan officials that he was 10 or 11 when he was abused by Father Richard Dorsch. He said that Dorsch would fondle him in Dorsch’s bed and in the rectory, as well as get into a hot tub with the victim when both of them were naked.

Dorsch is still living and is believed to be residing in the Greensburg, Pennsylvania, area.  He is 74 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. John F. Doherty – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father John F. Doherty

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: 1961

Summary of Allegations Against Father John F. Doherty:

According to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Father John F. Doherty was removed from ministry in 1986. No information was made public concerning the nature of the allegations against him.

Doherty is still living and is believed to be residing in Pennsylvania.  He is approximately 81 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. John Reardon – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John Reardon

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1973

Suspended from ministry: 2011

Faculties suspended: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1977 St. Joseph the Worker (Fallsington, PA)
  • 1977-1982 St. Leo (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1982   St. Hubert High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1982-1987 St. Bridget (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1987-1988 St. Colman (Ardmore, PA)
  • 1988-1994 Nativity (Warminster, PA)
  • 1993-1994 Presentation B.V.M. (Wynnewood, PA)
  • 1994-2000 Seven Dolors (Wynnewood, PA)
  • 1998-2005 St. Genevieve (Flourtown, PA)
  • 2005-2012 St. John of the Cross (Roslyn, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Reardon:

Father John Reardon  was one of 21 priests removed by Cardinal Justin Rigali in March 2011 after he publicly stated (quite incorrectly) that no priests assigned in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had been accused of sexual abuse.   

In 2012, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board determined that an allegation of abuse previously made was credible.  No information about the allegation was provided to the public, except to say that it was sexual misconduct with a minor child.

Reardon’s name appears 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.”  

Reardon’s name appears in the section labeled “Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors with No Conclusive Evidence.”  No additional information about the allegations contained in the secret files is publicly available.

It is unclear if the review board investigated the allegation(s) referenced in the 1994 memorandum or if it was a different allegation.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says that it has revoked Reardon’s faculties to minister.  He is awaiting the outcome of the Vatican’s “canonical process,” according to the Archdiocese, but it is not clear if Reardon requested laicization or if the Archdiocese is seeking to have him laicized involuntarily.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Philadelphia now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.