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Msgr. John Gillespie – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Msgr. John Gillespie

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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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

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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

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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

Father James T. Henry

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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.

   

 

Fr. Gerard Hoffman – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Gerard J. Hoffman

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained:  1973

Suspended from ministry: 2008

Faculties revoked: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1976 St. Teresa of Avila (Valley Forge, PA)
  • 1976 Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976-1988 St. Pius X High School (Pottstown, PA)
  • 1976-1977 St. Basil the Great (Kimberton, PA)
  • 1977-1988 St. Isaac Jogues (Wayne, PA)
  • 1988-1990 St. John Neumann High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1988-1989 King of Peace (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1989-1990 St. John the Evangelist (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1990-2002 St. Mary of Providence Center
  • 1990-1993 St. Pius X High School (Pottstown, PA)
  • 1993-2002 Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2002-2008 Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Doylestown, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gerard Hoffman:

In July 2008, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia removed Father Gerard Hoffman from his position as pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor child.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered no details about the allegation, including the age or gender of the alleged victim at the time of the abuse, exc except to say that the misconduct occurred before 1978.  

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review deemed the allegation unsubstantiated, meaning that it did not believe the accuser.  

However, during the course of its investigation, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received a second, unrelated report of abuse by Hoffman.  In February 2009, the internal review board determined that the allegation was credible and recommended Hoffman’s permanent removal from ministry.  Cardinal Justin Rigali accepted the recommendation and permanently restricted Hoffman from every ministering again.

Rather than proceed with a Church trial to determine if he should be removed from the priesthood (laicization), Hoffman agreed to surrender his remaining faculties and lead a “supervised life of prayer and penance.”  

He now resides at Villa St. John with other accused priests who have accepted the same “plea deal” with Church leaders.  The level of their day-to-day supervision is unknown.

Hoffman is 73 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. Daniel Hoy – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Daniel J. Hoy

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1948

Retired:   1998

Removed from ministry: 2011

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1948-1951 St. Joseph (Downington, PA)
  • 1951-1957 St. Christopher (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1951-1957 Philadelphia State Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1957-1964 Old St. Mary (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1964-1969 St. Joseph (Collingdale, PA)
  • 1969-1972 Most Blessed Sacrament (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1972-1977 Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Morton, PA)
  • 1977-1982 St. Peter (Honey Brook, PA)
  • 1982-1991 St. Leo (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1991-2011 Our Lady of the Assumption (Strafford, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Daniel Hoy:

Father Daniel Hoy was one of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Cardinal Justin Rigali after the second grand jury report indicated that more than 30 priests still in active ministry had been accused of sexual abuse of minors.  

No details have been made public about the nature or context of the allegation(s) involving Hoy.  The date the Archdiocese of Philadelphia became aware of the allegation(s) is also not clear.

Hoy died not long after his suspension, and, as such, the Archdiocese’s internal review board suspended the investigation of the allegation(s) against him and made no determination if the allegation(s) is/are credible.  Therefore, his name does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests.

Hoy died in 2011.

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. John F. Hummell – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John F. Hummell

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1965

Leaves of Absence: 1967, 2006-2008

Suspended from ministry: 2006

Retired: 2006

Faculties revoked: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1965-1966 St. Cecilia (Coatesville, PA)
  • 1966-1967 Ss. Simon and Jude (West Chester, PA)
  • 1967-1968 Corpus Christi (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1968-1979 Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1968 St. Dominic (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1968-1976 St. Aloysius (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976-1977 St. Joseph (Cheltenham, PA)
  • 1977-1979 Epiphany (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1979-1990 Bishop McDevitt High School (Wyncote, PA)
  • 1979-1981 St. Joseph (Ambler, PA)
  • 1981-1985 Seven Dolors (Wyndmoor, PA)
  • 1985-1990 St. John of the Cross (Rosyln, PA)
  • 1990-1992 St. Gabriel (Norwood, PA)
  • 1992-1999 St. Callistus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1999-2006 Sacred Heart (Oxford, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Hummell:

In July 2006, Father John Hummell was removed from his position as pastor at Sacred Heart in Oxford after the Archdiocese of Philadelphia spent 10 months investigation an allegation that he sexually abused a minor at Roman Catholic High School in the 1970s.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered no explanation for why it left him in ministry for 10 months after learning he might be a danger to children, without warning parishioners, except say that the case was “complex.” It did not explain what that meant at that time.

No details have been made public as to the nature or context of the abuse alleged.  The gender and age of the victim have not been disclosed.

In 2008, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia released a statement “updating” parishioners on the allegations against Hummell.  According to the statement, the Archdiocese’s internal review board had determined that the allegations – whatever they were – were substantiated.  It stated, the “behavior considered to be substantiated by the Review Board could best be described as ‘grooming behavior’…Hence, the penalties attached to the sexual abuse of minors (e.g. laicization or a supervised life of prayer and penance) could not be imposed.”   However, the review board recommended that he not be returned to ministry because his behavior was bad enough that it could be a danger to return him to an active assignment.

The 2008 statement also stated that Hummell, who retired voluntarily by the time the review board decision was sent to Cardinal Justin Rigali, would have no faculties to minster following the review board’s recommendation.

Hummell is still alive and is believed to be residing in Margate City, New Jersey.  He is 79 years old and still technically a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as he has not been laicized by the Vatican. He has no supervision in his daily life, and it is unclear if he adheres to the restrictions imposed on him by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that he not present himself as a priest or perform any type of ministry.

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