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Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua – Diocese of Brooklyn

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1949

Elevated: 1991

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1950: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and St. Stephen’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1951-1953: Holy Cross (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1954-1956: On Duty Outside the Diocese; North American College (Rome, Italy) 
  • 1957: Motherhouse and Novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph (Brentwood, NY)
  • 1958-1965: Assistant-Chancellors and Notaries; Holy Name (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1966-1973: Vice-Chancellor (Brooklyn, NY); Holy Name (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1973-1975: Vice-Chancellor, Diocese of Brooklyn, NY; Chancery Residence (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1976-1978: Chancellor, Diocese of Brooklyn, NY; Chancery Residence (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1979-1983: Chancellor, Diocese of Brooklyn, NY; Curial Residence (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1981-1983: Auxiliary to the Bishop (Brooklyn, NY)  
  • 1983-1985: Bishop of Pittsburgh, PA; St. Paul’s Cathedral (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • 1984-1987: Bishop of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • 1988-2003: Archbishop of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua:

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua earned a Doctorate in Canon Law (J.C.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and a civil law degree from Saint John’s University. He held several influential positions in the Chancery of the Diocese of Brooklyn prior to being appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1983. He was installed as Archbishop of Philadelphia in 1988, then elevated to Cardinal in 1991. 

According to media reports, Bevilacqua testified on at least 10 occasions before multiple Grand Jury proceedings and investigations regarding Philadelphia priests accused of sexual abuse of minors. In 2018, he was named in a child sexual abuse lawsuit for allegedly abusing a minor girl in the 1980s at St. Gabriel’s in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. The victim stated that he went to adjust her school uniform and groped her.

Bevilacqua retired in 2003 and died in 2012.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1949

Death: 2012

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1983-1987: Bishop of Pittsburgh
  • 1988-1991: Archbishop of Philadelphia
  • 1991-2003: Cardinal
  • 2003: Retired

Summary of Allegations Against Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua:

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua was ordained a priest in 1949, who served as Bishop in the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 1983 to 1987. He took over as Archbishop of Philadelphia in 1987 and served in the role until 2003. According to media reports, in September 2018, he was named in a civil lawsuit filed by a San Diego woman, alleging that the priest repeatedly sexually assaulted her for years as a child between 1978 and 1985. The alleged abuse began when she was 5 years old and continued until she was 13.

The victim said that Father Bevilacqua visited St. Gabriel’s, took the victim behind a partition, and inappropriately touched her chest. This lawsuit was filed by lawyer Alan Perer along with a second lawsuit against the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It is alleged that Bishop David Zubik and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Diocese of Pittsburgh knew of the abuse and predatory nature of Bevilacqua and two other priests yet continued to place them in ministry.

In a 2011 grand jury report, Father Bevilacqua was reported to have moved problem priests to other parishes without warning of their history of sexual abuse.

Bevilacqua died in January 2012.

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 may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.