Father Gabriel M. Patil
Diocese of Allentown/Barnabites
- 1973-1983: Bethlehem Catholic High School (Bethlehem, PA)
- 1984-2006: James Church (Ontario, Canada)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gabriel M. Patil:
Fr. Gabriel Patil, a priest of the Barnabite Fathers religious order, was accused of sexually abusing five minors while serving Bethlehem Catholic High School during the late 1970s and early 1980s when the victims were seven to nine years old.
Correspondence between the Diocese and the Barnabites shows that, in 2003, a victim reported to the Diocese that Fr. Patil abused him and four of his friends on school property. The victim stated that Patil would invite the boys into his residence to play hide and seek, where Patil would then engage in sexual acts.
Lawsuits were filed but ultimately dismissed since the statutory limits had expired. At the time the abuse was reported, and lawsuits filed, Patil was a Provincial Superior at St. James in Ontario, Canada.
Patil served as a priest in the Dioceses of Buffalo, New York, Youngstown, Ohio, and then with a delegation in India’s country. In 2010, Patil requested that he be allowed to return to the Diocese of Allentown and exercise his public ministry, which was denied.
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