Father John J. Delli Carpini – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Father John J. Delli Carpini

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1976

Placed on leave: 1998, 2002

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1976-1979 St. Luke the Evangelist (Glenside, PA)
  • 1979-1982 St. John the Evangelist (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1979-1982 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1982 Immaculate Conception (Jenkintown, PA)
  • 1982-1986 Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1985-1986 Temple University
  • 1986-1998 St.Charles Borromeo Seminary (Overbrook, PA)
  • 1998-2002 St. Cabrini Home (West Park, PA)
  • 1998-2002 Office of the Chancellor

Summary of Allegations Against Father John J. Delli Carpini:

According to the 2005 Grand Jury Report, Father John Delli Carpini was accused of abuse of two youths over a period of several years both before seminary and after ordination. He was initially placed on leave in 1998 and then returned to duty.  However, he was placed on leave again in 2002. 

The report also details how that in 1998, Father John J. Delli Carpini began writing homilies and speeches for Cardinal Bevilacqua. He also became a writer in the Cardinal’s Communications Office, working for its director, Catherine Rossi, and helping to represent the  Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s views during a time that sexually abusive priests were becoming a national scandal. He did so even though, as Cardinal Bevilacqua well knew, Father Delli Carpini had just a few months before admitting to molesting a 13-year-old boy from his first assignment at Saint Luke the Evangelist in Glenside. Cardinal Bevilacqua tried to conceal his association with Father DelliCarpini and also made sure that the priest kept quiet his authorship of the Cardinal’s homilies and pronouncements. This arrangement continued until March 2002.

Before writing for Cardinal Bevilacqua, Father Delli Carpini taught at Roman Catholic High School and was a dean at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for 12 years. The molestation he admitted began in 1977 when the boy was an 8th-grader in Saint Luke’s parish; it continued for seven years. When the victim informed the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of his abuse in 1998, he also reported that he had seen Father Delli Carpini in the act of molesting a 15-year-old, and had walked in on the priest as he appeared to be preparing to abuse an 8-year-old boy. Cardinal Bevilacqua permitted Father Delli Carpini to continue in ministry anyway and to live in a parish rectory. He did so after receiving a psychological evaluation reporting “a sexual disorder and a severe personality disorder.” Attempting to justify these decisions to the Grand Jury, the Cardinal testified that he generally relied on the advice of therapists to decide whether a priest guilty of abuse should be given an assignment. According to the report the documents in Father Delli Carpini’s file, however, show that it was Cardinal Bevilacqua who made the initial determination to keep him in ministry. The therapists, who worked for the Archdiocese, then tailored the priest’s treatment to fit the Cardinal’s decision.

DelliCarpini was laicized in 2005.  He is still living and is believed to be residing in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area.  He is 69 years old. 

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