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Fr. Mark Gaspar – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Mark S. Gaspar

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1998

Suspended: 2011

Permanently removed: 2013

Current status with Archdiocese of Philadelphia: unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Mark Gaspar:

Father Mark Gaspar was one of 21 priests suspended by Cardinal Justin Rigali in 2011 following the release of the second grand jury report, which indicated that more than 30 active priests had allegations of sexual misconduct during their priesthood.  No information was offered to the general public about the nature or details of the allegation(s) against Gaspar.

In April 2013, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that its internal review board determined the allegation against Gaspar, a relatively young priest, had been substantiated and he would be permanently removed from ministry.  The review board determined that Gaspar violated the standards of ministerial conduct and was therefore unsuitable for ministry.

No additional information about those violations was provided to the public, except for a general statement that priests removed for that reason generally had “boundary issues with children.” According to media reports, “Church officials have declined to release details on specific accusations but say boundary issues can include inappropriate talk or contact, sharing alcohol or pornography with minors or other conduct that may be construed as “grooming” a victim.”

Additionally, no explanation was offered as to why Gaspar, who only became a priest in 1998, was allowed to remain in ministry despite an allegation that could apparently be proven.  

Gaspar’s name does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests, so his current status with the Archdiocese is unknown.  For all we know, he continues to work as a priest in some capacity. It is not clear why the Archdiocese of Philadelphia continues to cover up for him even today.

Gaspar is now 48 years old.  He is believed to be residing in the Philadelphia area.

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. Joseph Gausch – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Joseph Gausch

Archdiocese of PhiladelphiaFr. Joseph Tausch Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1945

Suspension/Inpatient treatment: 1948-1949

Retired/named Pastor Emeritus 1992

Died: 1999

Named in civil lawsuits: 2004, 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1945-1948 St. Joseph (Jim Thorpe, PA)
  • 1947-1948 St. Alphonsus (Maple Glen, PA)
  • 1948-1949 Leave of Absence
  • 1949-1953 St. Anthony of Padua (Easton, PA)
  • 1953-1956 Our Lady Help of Christians (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1956-1961 St. Stanislaus (Lansdale, PA)
  • 1961-1964 Our Lady of Peace (Milmont Park, PA)
  • 1964-1973 St. Bridget (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1973-1977 Queen of the Universe (Levittown, PA)
  • 1977-1980 St. Aloysius (Pottstown, PA)
  • 1980-1999 Good Shepherd (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Gausch:

According to the 2005 grand jury report, “Father Joseph Gausch began serving as a priest in the Philadelphia Archdiocese in December 1945 and based on the Secret Archive file provided, he started to abuse young boys almost immediately thereafter…There is every reason to believe that Fr. Gausch continued his reign of terror throughout his 54 years of service in the Archdiocese.  Yet because of the manner in which complaints of abuse were handled, neither the Grand Jury nor anyone else will be able to determine just how many victims this priest left in his wake.”

  • IN 1948, A FELLOW PRIEST TURNS OVER GRAPHIC LETTERS DESCRIBING SEXUAL ATTRACTION AND ACTIVITIES WITH TEENAGE BOYS

In 1948, Gausch was sent to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to a notorious pedophile priest treatment facility to do “penance for perversion and homosexuality.”  He was sent there by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia after another priest discovered letters Gausch had written to a third priest, Fr. Charles L.G. Knapp.  Knapp, an Augustinian priest, and Gausch were likely classmates at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and bonded over their attraction to young boys, apparently.  The letters described, in great detail, sexual contact that Gausch was having with teenage boys.

In a 1946 letter to Knapp, Gausch described going to see a high school football game, lamenting that he had to act interested in the game and not the players themselves. The “trick,” he said, “will be to appear interested in the game and not the players…The latest obstacle to my spiritual advancement is a 14 year old 7th grader…and sex has already made itself a nice place in his life.”

In a second letter to Knapp from 1946, Gausch expressed envy that Knapp was working with adolescents in his latest assignment.  He said, “I only hope it is less dangerous than my own escapades with male teenagers. I sometimes feel that it is just a question of when I am going to reach out and snatch.  I’ve come THAT close so often…” (emphasis in original).

In a third letter, Gausch described his happiness with his latest conquest, “Teddy,” and how much he looked forward to spending time with Teddy “after school” and his housebound grandmother.

In a 1948 letter, the excitement that Gausch felt about being asked to be alone with a small group of hand-picked 8th grade boys was palpable.  He wrote:

Letter from Fr. Gausch to Fr. Knapp Horowitz Law

Upon review of the letters, Cardinal Dennis Dougherty suspended Gausch and shipped him off to Wisconsin for eight months to deal with his “homosexuality.”  According to Church leaders, the age of the boys did not matter when evaluating the priest’s misdeeds- only their gender did.

There was no attempt to identify the teenagers involved or to contact their parents.

  • NOT SURPRISINGLY, GAUSCH IS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING A BOY AFTER HIS RETURN TO MINISTRY

After he completed his “penance” in Wisconsin, Gausch was assigned to St. Anthony of Padua in Easton, Pennsylvania.  He remained there until a transfer to Our Lady of Peace in Milmont, where he was again accused of molesting a boy.

According to a 1974 memo in Gausch’s personnel file, in 1964 he brought a boy he met at a local swimming pool back to the OLP rectory and molested him.  There were no other details in the personnel file reviewed by the grand jury, except to note that Gausch was immediately transferred to St. Bridget in North Philadelphia when the Chancery learned of the incident (which was not long after it happened).

At St. Bridget, Gausch regularly and repeatedly molested a 12 year old altar boy, who felt he could not tell anyone what was happening because of his family’s devotion to the tenets of the Catholic faith, including that priests were infallible messengers of God.  Gausch also told the child that no one would believe the boy if he told anyone because “nobody would believe a colored boy” over a priest. While it affected every aspect of his adult life, the altar boy told no one about the abuse until after Gausch died in 1999.

  • THE SOLUTION TO THE ST. BRIDGET “PROBLEM” IS A TRANSFER TO QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE – WHERE GAUSCH SOON ADMITS TO MOLESTING A BOY ALMOST AS SOON AS HE ARRIVED

In 1973, Gausch was transferred to Queen of the Universe in Levittown. Not long after, the Chancery received information that Gausch was abusing the son of a prominent parishioner, and, according to the nuns in the school, he made “familiar advances toward the boys in the school” repeatedly.  

When finally confronted with all of the allegations against him in 1974, Gausch admitted that they were all true.  The Chancery’s reaction to this admission? According to an internal memo, the Chancellor concluded “because of the scandal which has already taken place and because of the possible future scandal, we will transfer him in the near future.”  It was left up to Gausch to decide if he needed psychological help himself.

  • ANOTHER TRANSFER, ANOTHER ALLEGATION – AND TWO PROMOTIONS

Gausch was then transferred to St. Aloysius in Pottstown.  He would receive one more transfer in his career – to Good Shepherd – which would also be a promotion to pastor.  In that role, he would be unsupervised his daily activities. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia took it one step further by honoring him with the title of Pastor Emeritus when he retired in 1992.  

In 1994, a 27 year old man reported that he was sexually abused as an altar boy at Good Shepherd in 1980.  He as 12 years old at the time. He also identified another boy that he witnessed being abused by Gausch during the period of his abuse. During a meeting with former Secretary for Clergy Msgr. William Lynn, Lynn asked the man if it was possible he simply “misinterpreted” Gausch’s actions, which included masturbating the child.  

Gausch denied the newest allegations and assailed his accuser’s “home life” as the reason he would concoct the allegations.  Gausch insisted he had overcome his past “problems” and refused to address them again. Lynn told Gausch that he had the full s support of the Archdiocese and would turn his efforts to investigating the accuser’s  background instead. No more investigation went into the allegations (or Fr. Gausch). Instead, Lynn tracked down former teachers and principals at Good Shepherd, who recalled that the victim was sometimes absent from school and was generally a below average student.  No attempt was made to contact the second boy identified.

Lynn, and subsequently Cardinal Bevilacqua, deemed the allegations unfounded as they concluded from those two facts that the victim was only after money.  Of course, they did not take into account that Gausch had been repeatedly accused of similar abuse in his past, and that the victim had no way of knowing that since the Archdiocese never told parishioners.

  • THE MOUNTAIN OF ALLEGATIONS CONTINUES TO BUILD AFTER GAUSCH’S DEATH

In 2000, yet another man reported abuse by Gausch at Good Shepherd.  The victim worked in the church rectory as a boy in the early 1980s. He reported seeing Gausch act inappropriately with other boys in the parish too.  Cardinal Bevilacqua personally read the letter and forwarded it to Lynn with directions to read it and file it away.

In 2002, another man reported to Lynn that he was abused as an 18 year old at St. Stanislaus parish (sometime between 1956 and 1961).  

Also in 2002, the Archdiocese received a report from a man who says he was abused by Gausch from 1963-1964 while serving as an altar boy at Our Lady of Peace in Milmont.  He says that, at the time it was happening, he told his father, who immediately confronted Gausch and told the parish pastor, Fr. Noll, what was happening. The abuse ended with Gausch’s transfer to St. Bridget’s not long after.  Of course, according to internal memos from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the reason for the St. Bridget’s transfer was related to the molestation of a different boy.

The number of allegations received since the publication of the grand jury report in 2005 is unknown, as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has never provided that information to the public voluntarily.  

Gausch has been named in at least four civil lawsuits since 2004.

Gausch died in 1999.  At the time, he was a retired priest in good standing who never once had his faculties restricted despite his admission that he was a serial sexual predator.

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.

 

Msgr. Francis Giliberti – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Msgr. Francis Giliberti

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. Francis Giliberti Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Psychological evaluation: 2002

Retired (in good standing): 2003

Permanently restricted: 2004

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1973 Our Lady of the Assumption (Strafford, PA)
  • 1971-1973 Archbishop Carroll Boys High School
  • 1973-1978 Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA)
  • 1973 St. Patrick (Kennett Square, PA)
  • 1973-1987 Nativity B.V.M. (Media, PA)
  • 1978-1987 West Catholic Boys High School
  • 1987-1991 St. Barbara (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1991-2003 Nativity B.V.M. (Media, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Giliberti:

The case of Msgr. Francis Giliberti – and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s handling of the allegations against him – was examined in great detail by the 2005 grand jury.

Giliberti was known to run a “sort of boot camp to stop masturbation” at his house on the Jersey Shore.  One of his “methods” involved walking in on boys as they masturbated. He convinced the boys that they were terrible sinners who could be subject to eternal damnation if they masturbated.  One victim told criminal investigators that Giliberti would “inspect” his penis to determine if it was “traumatized” by masturbation. Giliberti would order the boy to get an erection by masturbating in front of the priest – and Giliberti offered to perform oral sex on him if it would help – so that he could look at it.  One victim became so disgusted by his penis that he doused it in lighter fluid and set it on fire.

In April 2002, a 40 year old man reported to former Secretary for Clergy Msgr. William Lynn that he had been abused by Giliberti as a 15 year old sophomore at Cardinal O’Hara High School in 1977.  He reported graphic discussions about sex in his theology class, and that he thought he was going to hell because he masturbated. Fortunately for him, Giliberti assured the boys that he – their trusted priest – could help them.  When Jay asked for help, Giliberti told him to come by the rectory at Nativity B.V.M. to discuss his concerns. Once there, he directed the boy to remove his pants and obtain an erection. Giliberti told the child that he needed to see how traumatized the boy’s penis was.  The “inspection” included taking the boy’s penis his hand, stroking it, and giving the child alcohol. Other times, the priest made the boy masturbate in front of him to see the child’s technique, or he offered to perform oral sex on the boy.

The child wanted nothing more than to be perfect and pure for his ‘very ethical’ parents.  He was so ashamed that he could not stop masturbating despite the priest’s efforts, so he doused his penis with lighter fluid and set it on fire.  

Eventually, the boy grew into a man who attended St. Charles Borromeo seminary for two years.  He told two priests there what Giliberti had done – they told him to “let go” of it because it was his word against the Church’s.  Msgr. Lynn underscored their point by telling the victim he was the only person who ever accused Giliberti of wrongdoing.

When confronted, Giliberti denied sexually abusing the boy.  He remembered the child but said their relationship was limited to hearing one confession from him.  He said the child had several problems during that time period – one of which was masturbation – but the seal of the confessional prevented him from disclosing them to Lynn.  

No action was taken in response to the report.  Giliberti remained at Nativity B.V.M. – which also had a grammar school. One week after Lynn met with the man who set his own body on fire because of the priest’s manipulation, Cardinal Bevilacqua announced at a press conference: “I can assure all the people here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that there is no priest in any parish or any ministry whatsoever that was credibly accused of misconduct with a minor.”  

In September 2002, a 44 year old man contacted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to report that he was sexually abused by Giliberti in the mid-1970s when he attended Cardinal O’Hara High School.  Giliberti was his freshman theology teacher who convinced him that anyone who masturbated was headed for damnation. He came to the priest after school one day to express his fear about his soul’s future.  Giliberti assured the child he could help him stop masturbating and save himself from damnation. He mentioned a house on the Jersey Shore where he sometimes helped other boys struggling with the same issue.  The boy was too scared to go and did not take Giliberti up on his offer.

However, during his senior year, he went back to Giliberti because he had recently had an issue trying to have sex with his girlfriend.  The boy worried he might be gay because he had a hard time performing. Giliberti offered to introduce him to “half a dozen gay men in downtown Media if I thought I wanted to try it out.”  When the boy scoffed, Giliberti ordered him into the rectory bedroom to prove to “himself” that he could get an erection anytime. The boy acquiesced to the command and found himself naked on the priest’s bed.  When he struggled to obtain an erection as Giliberti watched, he was devastated. He never returned to church.

In October 2002, Giliberti was sent for a psychological examination, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia opted to use a small consulting firm, rather than their usual team at St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests that the Archdiocese also happened to own.  The Giliberti team concluded that there was no data to suggest that either of the allegations made about Giliberti could be true; they opined “there is no reason to conclude from the interview or the test data that Monsignor Giliberti is a threat to the physical or emotional health of those to whom he ministers.”  

Since neither victim had threatened to sue or go to the media, there was no threat of public scandal by leaving Giliberti in ministry.  Now, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia also had a self-serving “evaluation” that said the priest was safe to be around parishioners. He remained at his post as the unsupervised head of Nativity B.V.M. parish.

For reasons that are not entirely clear – perhaps because a secret grand jury had been convened – the Archdiocese of Philadelphia asked its internal review board to re-examine the two allegations against Giliberti, who was still in active ministry.  The review board concluded that both allegations were credible and substantiated. By that point, Giliberti had been “encouraged to retire,” so the findings and recommendations to the Cardinal simply meant that Giliberti would no longer have faculties to perform public ministry.  

In April 2004, a third man came forward to report that he was sexually abused by Giliberti while Giliberti was in seminary.  He also witnessed another boy being abused by Giliberti at the same time. The abuse occurred at a house on the Jersey Shore when Giliberti brought six boys for an overnight trip. He forced three of the boys to share a bed with him, and abused at least two of them during the night.  

In October 2004, the retired and aging Giliberti agreed to surrender his remaining faculties and live a “supervised life of prayer and penance” rather than go through a canonical trial to remove him from the priesthood (involuntary laicization).  When asked by the grand jury what was meant by “supervision,” retiring Cardinal Bevilacqua testified that he did not know. 

He resided at Villa St. Joseph with other accused priests who accepted the same “plea deal,” until he was moved to a specialized nursing home where he eventually died in April 2018.

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.

 

Msgr. John Gillespie – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Msgr. John Gillespie

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. John Gillespie Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Inpatient evaluation: 2000

Suspended from ministry: 2002

Permanently restricted: 2005

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1953-1954 Holy Family (New Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1954-1962 Immaculate Conception (Levittown, PA)
  • 1962-1967 Norristown State Hospital
  • 1962-1967 St. Francis of Assisi (Norristown, PA)
  • 1967-1978 St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • 1978-1984 Our Lady of Lourdes (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1984-2000 Our Lady of Calvary (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2000-2002 Motherhouse, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Gillespie:

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s management of the allegations against Father John Gillespie were examined in great detail by the 2005 grand jury.  According to the grand jury report, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received the first indication that Gillespie molested children through a self-report to Mgsr. William Lynn, the former Secretary of Clergy.  

  • GILLESPIE’S 1994 “SELF-REPORT” TO MSGR. WILLIAM LYNN THAT IS “JUST HEARSAY”

In 1994, Gillespie met with Lynn to report that he received two troubling phone calls: the first came from the mother of two former altar boys at Immaculate Conception, where Gillespie was assigned from 1954 to 1962.  The mother said that her two sons reported that Gillespie molested them and she wanted answers. A few weeks later, one of the boys called Gillespie himself, and confronted the priest with graphic details of his allegations.  

The purpose of Gillespie’s meeting with Lynn was so that Gillespie could provide the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with two letters that Gillespie sent to the boys (who were grown men by then).  While he denied touching the boys in a sexual manner, he did admit to, and apologize for, touching them on their bellies and other places. He closed each letter by begging the boys to “give him the benefit of the doubt” and “allow him to finish out his remaining years as a pastor without scandal.”   Lynn ordered Gillespie never to write to them again.

When called before the grand jury, Cardinal Bevilacqua testified that he always found Gillespie’s language concerning, and even the priest’s denials seemed “odd.”  Yet, he took no action on the report, except to call his attorney. His handwritten notes say that he believed Gillespie and referred to “the priest’s alleged experience of ‘false accusations,’” inferring that there had been prior allegations (plural) made against Gillespie at some point. Gillespie remained in ministry.

  • IT IS NOT A PROBLEM THAT GILLESPIE IS ASKING 12 YEAR OLDS IF THEY LIKE TO HURT PEOPLE FOR SEXUAL PLEASURE BECAUSE IT IS IN THE CONFESSIONAL, ACCORDING TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

In 1997, the mother of a boy at Our Lady of Calvary wrote to Cardinal Bevilacqua, threatening to tell police about a “situation…between one of your priests and my 12 year old son.”  She was concerned about graphic sexual questions that Gillespie asked the boy in the confessional, including whether he has ever hurt himself or anyone else for sexual pleasure. Lynn never spoke with the priest about the allegation; instead he called the mother into the Chancery and directed her, as a “good Catholic,” never to mention the incident to the priest because it was a breach of the seal of the confessional.  He told her that her son, not Gillespie, was therefore the sinner, and that they would never ask Gillespie about the matter since he respected the seal. Cardinal Bevilacqua agreed with Lynn’s handling of the matter.

  • A POLICE OFFICER MAKES A REPORT AND GILLESPIE IS IMMEDIATELY SENT FOR A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAM; GILLESPIE IS DIAGNOSED AS “DANGEROUS”

In 2000, a 29 year old policeman reported to the Archdiocese that he was an altar boy at Our Lady of Calvary who often served with Gillespie.  Gillespie molested him for all four years of high school. He told Lynn that had been in therapy and now wanted to make sure that no other children could be hurt by Gillespie.   When confronted a few days later, Gillespie again offered a qualified admission: he admitted to rubbing the boy’s stomach, reaching into his pants, and touching his pubic area, but never his penis.  When reminded of the first set of allegations, Gillespie again denied ever touching anyone’s penis.

In February 2000, Gillespie was sent to St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, for an evaluation.  Notably, according to documents reviewed by the grand jury, the reason he was sent for an evaluation this time, and not with the first set of allegations, was because the allegation came directly to the Chancery from a victim, rather than through another person.  The allegations self-reported by Gillespie earlier were mere “hearsay” that required no action, apparently.

Treatment professionals concluded that Gillespie had committed sexual abuse of one or more children, had a sexual disorder as well as a personality disorder, and had no awareness of the impact his behavior has on others.  Therefore, they concluded that this “makes Monsignor dangerous to others.” They also warned the Archdiocese of Philadelphia – which owned St. John Vianney – that a return to ministry was dangerous not just for kids, but because of Gillespie’s “strong desire to make amends” that “could bring forth both difficulty for himself and legal jeopardy.”  

  • GILLESPIE CONTINUES IN MINISTRY UNTIL HE CAN BE GIVEN AN HONORARY PROMOTION AND SENT TO THE SCHOOL RUN BY LOCAL NUNS

Based upon the recommendation of the therapists, Cardinal Bevilacqua asked Gillespie to resign from Our Lady of Calvary voluntarily.  He agreed, but was permitted to remain as the unsupervised pastor for three more months until a new one could be named. As a reward, he was honored with the title of Pastor Emeritus and remained in ministry, albeit less active than before.  Gillespie then moved to the Motherhouse of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in Yardley. He regularly heard the confessions of the children attending the private school on the convent grounds.

In November 2001, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received yet another report of abuse by Gillespie.  This time, a man said that Gillespie abused him at the age of 15 at Mother of the Divine Providence in King of Prussia. The report was made to Lynn by another priest, whose parishioner was concerned that Gillespie was interacting with children at the convent school.  Lynn took no action to investigate the allegations but did tell Gillespie that, “in order to preserve his reputation and the reputation of the Church,” he should strongly consider retiring.

  • GILLESPIE IS FINALLY REMOVED AFTER THE SCANDAL ERUPTS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON

In February 2002, Gillespie remained in active ministry, having never retired.  At that time, the depth of the scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston was becoming national news.  Gillespie, along with several other priests, was suddenly suspended from public ministry by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in early 2002.  

Gillespie, who moved to Villa St. Joseph retirement home, lived a generally unsupervised life after his removal.  In late 2004 – more than two years after his suspension – the Chancery learned that he had continued to hear the confessions of parishioners even though he was not supposed to.  Cardinal Bevilacqua testified before the grand jury that he did not know what supervision, if any, Gillespie and other accused priests had at Villa St. Joseph.

In February 2005, Gillespie agreed to a total restriction of his faculties and a life of “supervised prayer and penance” at Villa St. Joseph in lieu of a canonical process to remove him from the priesthood (laicization).  Again, the level of said supervision is unknown.

It is not known how many more people have come forward to report abuse by Gillespie since the grand jury report was published in 2005 because the Archdiocese of Philadelphia does not provide that information to the public.

Gillespie died in 2008.  

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. David Givey – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father David Givey

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. David Givey Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Suspended: 2011

Permanently removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Katherine of Siena (Way, PA)
  • Archbishop Carroll High School (Radnor, PA)
  • Archbishop Pendergast High School (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • Sisters of Mercy Convent (Merion, PA)
  • St. Agatha/St. James (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Our Lady of Peace (Milmont Park, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Father David Givey:

Givey was one of 21 priests placed on administrative leave in 2011 following the release of the second grand jury report, which identified more than 30 priests in active ministry who had been accused of sexual abuse children.  No information was offered to the public about the nature or context of the allegation(s) against Givey.  

In 2012, after an internal investigation, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s review board determined that Givey did not commit sexual misconduct, but did violate standards of ministerial conduct.  They recommended Givey’s permanent removal from ministry for his conduct. Archbishop Chaput accepted their reccommendation and permanently barred Givey from returning to ministry.

No additional information about those violations was provided to the public, except for a general statement that priests removed for that reason generally had “boundary issues with children.” According to media reports, “Church officials have declined to release details on specific accusations but say boundary issues can include inappropriate talk or contact, sharing alcohol or pornography with minors or other conduct that may be construed as “grooming” a victim.”

Givey is believed to be alive and residing in Ocean City, New Jersey.  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 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. Joseph Glatts – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Joseph Glatts

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. Joseph Glatts Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Suspended: 2011

Permanently restricted: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966-1967 St. Anthony of Padua (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967-1968 St. Alphonsus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967-1971 St. John Neumann High School
  • 1968-1971 St. Irenaeus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1969-1971 Chaplain, Pennsylvania National Guard
  • 1971-1976 Resurrection of Our Lord (Chester, PA)
  • 1971-1976 St. James High School (Chester, PA)
  • 1976-1999 Chaplain, U.S. Air Force
  • 1999-2000 St. Joseph (Aston, PA)
  • 2000-2008 St. Andrew (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • 2008-2011 Ss. Simon and Jude (West Chester, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Father Joseph Glatts:

Father Joseph Glatts was one of 21 placed suspended from ministry in 2011 following the release of the second grand jury report, which identified more than 30 priests still in active ministry despite allegations of sexual abuse. No information was provided by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as to the nature and details of the allegation(s) against Glatts.

In 2013, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board concluded that Glatts had not committed “sexual misconduct” as defined by their internal policies, but he did act in violation of ministerial standards and was therefore unfit to return to ministry.  Glatts was placed on permanent restriction shortly thereafter, as recommended by the review board.

No additional information about the purported violation of standards was provided to the public, except for a general statement that priests removed for that reason generally had “boundary issues with children.” According to media reports, “Church officials have declined to release details on specific accusations but say boundary issues can include inappropriate talk or contact, sharing alcohol or pornography with minors or other conduct that may be construed as “grooming” a victim.”

Because the allegation(s) brought to the review board did not involve sexual abuse of a minor child, Glatts’ name does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests.  

Glatts is believed to be alive and residing at Villa St. Joseph retirement home with priests accused of sexual abuse of minors.  He is approximately 80 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. Thomas Grumm – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Thomas Grumm

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1975

Suspended from ministry: 2002

Inpatient treatment:  1992, 2002-2003

Permanently restricted: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1977 St. Patrick (Norristown, PA)
  • 1977 St. Martin of Tours (New Hope, PA)
  • 1977-1987 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1977-1979 Visitation B.V.M. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1979-1981 St. George (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1981-1985 St. Joan of Arc (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1985-1987 Nativity B.V.M. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1987-1990 Archbishop Kennedy High School
  • 1987-1988 St. Justin Martyr (Narberth, PA)
  • 1988-2002 St. John the Baptist (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1990-2002 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Grumm:

In March 2002, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received a report that Father Thomas Grumm molested a male student from Cardinal Dougherty High School.  The abuse began in 1986 and carried over into Grumm’s assignment at Archbishop Kennedy High School. It ended in 1988.

Grumm was confronted with the allegations and, while the grand jury report is not clear as to whether he admitted to them or not, the next steps taken were consistent with the modus operandi of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia when a priest did so.  He was sent to St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, for an evaluation and treatment. After his discharge in November 2002, Grumm relocated to Minnesota.

It appears from information on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s website that this was not the first time that Grumm was required to undergo a psychological evaluation and treatment.  In 1992, he was sent to Guest House, another notorious treatment facility that evaluated pedophile priests, located in Michigan. Guest House was often used by Church leaders to treat abusive priests who often had chemical dependency issues, with the idea that if the priest treated his drinking problem, he would not abuse children anymore.   There is no information in the grand jury report that informs us to the reason for the 1992 referral, but our experience tells us it may have been related to a report of sexual abuse of minors. Of course, we cannot say that with certainty until we see Grumm’s personnel files.

In mid-2004, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board determined that the 2002 allegation was “substantiated,” meaning that they believed the accuser, and Grumm’s faculties were restricted.

A few months later, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia further restricted the faculties of several priests who were credibly accused of abuse, including Grumm.  At that time, he was given the option of seeking a voluntary laicization (removal from the priesthood) or agreeing to a permanent live of “supervised prayer and penance” as a non-practicing priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Grumm agreed to a supervised life of prayer and penance and now resides at Villa St. John with other credibly accused priests.  The extent of his daily supervision is not known.

Grumm is 69 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. Steven Harris – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Steven Harris

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1980

Suspended: 2011, 2015

Returned to ministry: 2012

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Steven Harris:

Father Steven Harris was one of 21 priests suspended from ministry following the release of the 2011 grand jury report that identified more than 30 active priests with prior allegations of abuse.  No information was offered to the public about the details of the allegation, so it unclear when the abuse was alleged to have occurred, or the age/gender of the victim(s).  

After an internal investigation,in 2012, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia determined that the allegation(s) against Harris could not be substantiated, and deemed him fit to return to ministry. He was assigned to several new parishes in the years that followed.  

Harris was removed from ministry for a second time in late 2015 after “concerns arose about his fitness for ministry,” according to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesperson. No additional information was offered except to say that it was unrelated to any criminal activity or an allegation of inappropriate contact with a minor child.  

Harris’ name does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests.  Therefore, his current status with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is unknown.

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. Mark Haynes – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Mark Haynes

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1985

Leave of Absence: 2000-2001

Inpatient evaluation: 2013

Suspended from ministry: 2014

Faculties permanently restricted: 2014

Laicized (removed from the priesthood): 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1985-1989 St. Ann (Phoenixville, PA)
  • 1989-1991 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Doylestown, PA)
  • 1990-1991 Archbishop Wood High School
  • 1990-1992 Assoc. Director, Office of Youth and Young Adults
  • 1991-1994 St. John of the Cross (Roslyn, PA)
  • 1994-2000 Our Lady of Good Counsel (Southampton, PA)
  • 2000-2001 St. Cornelius (Cahdds Ford, PA) (in residence)
  • 2001-2005 St. Pius X (Broomall, PA)
  • 2005-2009 Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Morton, PA)
  • 2009-2013 Annunciation B.V.M. (Havertown, PA)
  • 2013 Leave of Absence
  • 2013-2014 Ss. Simon and Jude (West Chester, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Mark Haynes:

Father Mark Haynes was arrested in late 2014 and charged with felony-level child pornography for posting two photos on the popular social media site Instagram.  The first photo showed a girl under the age of 14 totally nude and the second photo was a close-up of her naked vaginal area. The username and online identity was of a young girl, but criminal investigators were able to trace the IP address to Ss. Simon and Jude parish in West Chester, Pennsylvania. They also located additional lewd images of children that Haynes had posted online, along with graphic email exchanges purportedly with the young girl in the photos.  

After his arrest, the FBI re-arrested him in February 2015 and charged him federally for the child pornography.  Haynes eventually pled guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

Notably, Haynes spent more than six months at Southdown Institute, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests near Toronto, Ontario, in 2013.  The reasons for this treatment have not been made public, but based upon the modus operandi of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, it certainly suggests that an allegation of sexual abuse may have been made at that time.  Of course, we cannot say that with certainty until we have reviewed his personnel file, but it certainly raises questions about whether he was an accused priest already when he began posting lewd images of children online.

At his sentencing hearing, the judge heard testimony from three women that knew of his sexual abuse of children at St. Ann in Phoenixville.  One of the women that Haynes forced her to perform oral sex on him after she told him in the confessional that she had engaged in oral sex with a teenage boy.

Haynes is currently incarcerated at Fort Dix FCI in New Jersey, which the Archdiocese of Philadelphia refers to only as a “private residence” on its website of credibly accused priests.  His projected release date is July 21, 2032. Haynes is now 59 years old, so he will be incarcerated into his seventies.

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. James Henry – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1964

Suspended from ministry: 2004

Permanently restricted: 2004

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1969 Immaculate Heart of Mary (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1969 St. John the Evangelist (Morrisville, PA)
  • 1969-1971 Bishop McDevitt High School (Wyncote, PA)
  • 1969-1971 St. David (Willow Grove, PA)
  • 1971 St. John of the Cross (Roslyn, PA)
  • 1971-1974 St. John Neumann High School
  • 1971-1980 St. Alice (Upper Darby, PA)
  • 1980-1985 Our Lady of Ransom (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1985-1987 Holy Cross (Springfield, PA)
  • 1987-1988 Our Lady of Lourdes (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1988 Visitation B.V.M. (Norristown, PA)
  • 1988 St. Helena (Center Square, PA)
  • 1988-1989 St. Joseph (Cheltenham, PA)
  • 1989-1993 St. Michael the Archangel (Levittown, PA)
  • 1993-1995 St. Patrick (Norristown, PA)
  • 1995-2000 Christ the King (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2000-2004 Our Lady of Good Counsel (Southampton, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father James Henry:

In late 1987, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received a report that Father James Henry sexually abused a 15 year old girl who worked in the Holy Cross rectory.  While the 2005 grand jury report was not specific about when the misconduct occurred, it was likely sometime between 1985 and 1987, while Henry was assigned at Holy Cross.

Henry was immediately transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes in Philadelphia.  He was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation. Based upon what appears to be the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s standard modus operandi at the time, the referral for a psychological evaluation suggests that Henry admitted to some type of sexual misconduct when informed of the allegation, but we cannot say that with certainty until we have reviewed his personnel files.  

At any rate, Henry returned to active ministry for more than 15 years after the evaluation.  

Then, for reasons that are not entirely clear, in 2004 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board was suddenly asked to investigate and make a recommendation on the 1987 allegation.  The committee determined that the 1987 allegation was credible and recommended that Henry be removed from ministry permanently.  Was the review board asked to review the allegation in light of the ongoing grand jury investigation? Did the victim come forward again and insist on some type of accountability? It is not clear. What is clear is that, literally overnight, a priest who was deemed ‘safe’ to return to ministry in 1987 was suddenly a danger to parishioners – and that such a decision should have been as obvious in 1987.

In late 2004, after the review board made its recommendation, Cardinal Justin Rigali permanently restricted Henry’s faculties and asked him to seek voluntary laicization (removal from the priesthood).  When Henry refused, he accepted a compromise that would require him to lead a “supervised life of prayer and penance” in lieu of a Canonical trial.

Henry resided at Villa St. John with other accused priests living “supervised lives of prayer and penance” until his death in March 2018.

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.