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Father James Downs – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father James Downs

Diocese of Pittsburgh 

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Ordained: 1970

Suspended: 2018

Retired: 2018

Assignments include:

  • Youth Development Center (New Castle, PA)
  •  Christ the King Parish (Bessemer/Hillsville, PA)
  • Saint James the Apostle (Pulaski, PA)
  • St. Anthony (Bessemer, PA)
  • St. Lawrence (Hillsville, PA)
  • St. Joseph the Worker (New Castle, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father James Downs:

Father James Downs was ordained a priest in 1970, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, in late December 2018, he was suspended from public ministry due to an allegation that he sexually abuse a minor child as a priest in the early 1990s. The allegation dates to a time when Father Downs served as the chaplain to the former Youth Development Center in New Castle.  No additional details about the allegation were provided by the Diocese. Father Downs denied the allegation.

Father Downs served as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Bessemer/Hillsville and Saint James the Apostle Parish in Pulaski until he retired in July 2018.

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.

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Fr. John Armstrong – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father John Armstrong

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Armstrong:

In July 2020, Fr. John Armstrong was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Pittsburgh on behalf of a man who said that he was sexually abused as a teenager in the 1970s.  According to the lawsuit, Armstrong and his brother, Fr. James Armstrong, sexually abused the boy while the brothers were assigned to St. Peter’s parish in Pittsburgh.

Armstrong’s name does not appear on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s list of credibly accused priests, or in a priest profile in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report. However, his brother, Fr. James Armstrong, does appear on the Diocese’s list, meaning that the Diocese has concluded (after an internal investigation) that at least one prior allegation against James Armstrong is true.

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.

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Fr. Anthony J. Cipolla – Archdiocese of New York

Father Anthony J. Cipolla

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Ordained: 1972

Removed: 1988

Laicized: 2002

Died: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1972-1974: St. Bernard Church (Mt. Lebanon, PA)
  • 1974-1975: St. John Fisher Church (Churchill Borough, PA)
  • 1974-1975: Immaculate Conception (Washington, PA)
  • 1975-1975: St. Philomena (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • 1976-1978: St. Agatha (Bridgeville, PA)
  • 1976-1978: St. Francis Xavier (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1978-1983: St. Canice (Knoxville, PA)
  • 1983-1988: McGuire Memorial Home for Exceptional Children (New Brighton, PA)
  • 1988-1988: St. Michael’s Institute (New York, NY)
  • 1989-2002: Leave of Absence

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Anthony J Cipolla:

According to a multitude of documents subpoenaed from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Fr. Anthony J Cipolla was accused of several sexual assault cases throughout his 25-year career. He bounced around numerous parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Archdiocese of New York.

In 1978, Cipolla was accused of sexually abusing two minor boys while assigned to St. Francis Xavier in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The victims were brothers, the first of which was nine years old, and the second was 12. Their mother called the Pittsburgh Police Department after they came home crying and finally told her what had occurred, even though they said they had been forced to swear on a Bible that they wouldn’t tell anyone. After the police responded, the first victim was examined at the hospital where sexual lubricant was found in his underwear. The brothers reported that Cipolla gave them physical exams and touched them inappropriately. Detectives eventually obtained an arrest warrant for Cipolla based upon the boys’ statements.

The victims’ mother reported the abuse but allegedly withdrew her report due to harassment and threats by Church officials. The charges were dropped after the family was “harassed and threatened by church officials” and Diocese of Pittsburgh attorneys, who told her to “let the church handle it.” The attorneys told the boys’ mother that she would be the one who damaged them if she pursued charges because they would be more embarrassed having to tell “hundreds” of people their story. The Diocese of Pittsburgh attorneys promised the mother that they would “tear [the children’s] testimony apart.” He then asked her why she wanted to “hurt the church.” According to the mother, the boys heard all of these threats from the Diocese of Pittsburgh lawyers and were scared “half to death” to move forward with the prosecution.

In addition, Cipolla himself called their home and showed up at their house to try to speak with one of the victims to get the family to drop the charges. Members of the community also harassed the family. Their car windows were shot out, a car tire was slashed, an apartment window was broken, and the first victim was slapped in the face and told he was “telling lies on a poor blessed priest.” The family also received threatening letters and phone calls. This harassment caused the family to move out of Pennsylvania.

When the charges were dropped in 1978, over the police investigators’ objection, Cipolla was reassigned to St. Canice, where he abused another boy. After that, he was assigned as a chaplain at a residential facility for children with special needs.

In 1988, the third victim came forward and described being inappropriately touched by Cipolla when he was an altar boy at St. Canice. The priest would put talcum powder all over his body and hug him when they were in the same bed. Initially, the police were not informed, but later that same year, the third victim reported the abuse to the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office.

THE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH SENDS CIPOLLA FOR A PSYCH EVALUATION TO CLEAR HIM FOR A RETURN TO MINISTRY DESPITE THE ALLEGATIONS OF AT LEAST THREE VICTIMS

The Diocese of Pittsburgh ordered Anthony J Cipolla to undergo a psychological examination at St. Luke Institute, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests located in Suitland, Maryland. St. Luke’s recommended that Cipolla “not have any ministry which involves children”. It was also recommended that Cipolla goes to St. John Vianney Hospital, another treatment facility for pedophile priests located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Cipolla did not comply with this recommendation and instead went to St. Michael’s Institute in New York City, a treatment center of his choice, which was not church-approved. St. Michael’s staff wrote a report on Cipolla that completely contradicted everything that St. Luke’s staff had said about him. Cipolla then hired an attorney, who wrote a request to Bishop Wuerl asking that Cipolla be reassigned to another parish.

In 1989, Cipolla changed his mind and agreed to go to St. John Vianney. Three weeks later, he asked if he could instead serve in another diocese in lieu of treatment at SJV. Wuerl told him that he would have to tell the bishop of his new diocese about his sexual abuse history. He continued to ask for reassignment, though he still refused to be examined at St. John Vianney. All of his requests to other dioceses were denied. While this was happening, Cipolla was presenting himself as a priest in good standing. He did not stop doing this even when Wuerl told him this behavior had to cease. In 1992, the third victim filed a civil lawsuit against Cipolla.

In 2002, Cipolla was officially dismissed from the priesthood (laicized) by the Pope. Yet he continued to say masses and act as a priest. In 2015, he wrote to Bishop Zubik and asked for his retirement as well as a monthly pension and stipend. In early 2016, he was denied this request as he was no longer a priest. Anthony J Cipolla died in 2016 of a heart attack while driving.

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Fr. Kenneth Myers – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Kenneth Myers

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2019

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Fr. Kenneth Myers:

Fr. Kenneth Myers was ordained a priest in 1980, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, in May 2020, his name appeared on the Diocese’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The District Attorney became aware of the allegations against Myers in 2019. No details such as the age/gender of the alleged victim or Myers’ assignment at the time of the alleged misconduct have been provided.

According to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the clergy listed on the list featuring Myers “have had an allegation of child sexual abuse made against them but a final determination has not been made regarding whether the allegation is substantiated. Their faculties have been restricted while their cases are in process. These cases may still be under investigation by civil authorities or under review by the Independent Review Board. A final determination will be communicated once it has been made.”

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.

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Fr. Robert Cedolia – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Robert Cedolia

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1978

Removed: 2019

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Joy (Plum, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Fr. Robert Cedolia:

Father Robert Cedolia was ordained a priest in 1978, who served parishes in Clairton, West Mifflin, Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He has been a priest in active ministry for 41 years. According to media reports, in August, 2019, he was placed on leave due to an allegation that he sexually abused a minor while he was serving at a church in Plum in the 1990s. Cedolia denied the allegations.

“The diocese is responding to an accusation made through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, stating that Father Cedolia allegedly sexually abused a minor in the 1990s while he served as pastor of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park,” said the diocese in a written statement.

In May 2020, his name appeared on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s list of accused priests in active ministry that “have had an allegation of child sexual abuse made against them but a final determination has not been made regarding whether the allegation is substantiated. Their faculties have been restricted while their cases are in process. These cases may still be under investigation by civil authorities or under review by the Independent Review Board. A final determination will be communicated once it has been made.”

In April 2021, Allegheny County police arrested Father Cedolia on charges of aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and two counts of indecent assault on a person less than 13 years old.

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.

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Fr. Jerome Doody – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Jerome Doody

Diocese of Pittsburgh 

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Ordained: 1942

Died: 1979

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jerome Doody:

Father Jerome Doody was ordained a priest in 1942, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, in 2019, the Diocese of Pittsburgh released an updated list of Clergy Against Whom Allegations Have Been Made. One category that the list contains is those who were deceased when an allegation was made against them. One priest who falls under this category is Father Doody. No further information has been released about the allegation or the number of victims who have come forward. The only information that the Diocese of Pittsburgh released was that allegation against Doody was reported to the District attorney’s office in 2017.

Jerome Doody died in 1979. 

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.

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Fr. Matthew Kebe – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Matthew Kebe

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1911

Died: 1969

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1934-1966: St. Mary’s (Pittsburgh, PA) 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Matthew Kebe:

Father Matthew Kebe was ordained a priest in 1911, who served as pastor at St. Mary’s for 32 years, from in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, in 2019, the Diocese of Pittsburgh released an updated list of Clergy Against Whom Allegations Have Been Made. One category that the list contains is those who were deceased when an allegation was first made against them. One priest who falls under this category is . The only information that the Diocese of Pittsburgh released was that the allegation against Kebe was reported to the District attorney’s office in 2011.

Matthew Kebe died in 1969. No further information has been released about the allegation or the number of victims who have come forward. 

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.

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Bishop Anthony Bosco – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Bishop Anthony Bosco

Diocese of Pittsburgh 

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Ordained: 1952

Died: 2013 

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Patrick (Canonsburg, PA) 
  • Mercy Hospital School of Nursing (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Auxiliary Bishop for Pittsburgh
  • Bishop of Greensburg Diocese 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Bishop Anthony Bosco:

Bishop Anthony Bosco was ordained a priest in 1952, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, in September 2018, a sexual misconduct allegation was reported to the Allegheny County district attorney’s office against the late Bishop Anthony Bosco. The incident dates back to the 1960’s, when Bosco was a priest with the title of monsignor. 

The complaint alleges that Bishop Bosco inappropriately touched a nursing student while he was a Chaplain and instructor at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. The diocese said that this was the first and only allegation made against Bishop Bosco. It was not contained in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, although he was criticized in that report for complicit silence involving other accused priests

Bishop Anthony Bosco has been included on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s 2019 list of clergy against whom allegations have been made. He falls under the category of clergy who were deceased when an allegation was first made against them.

Bishop Bosco died in July 2013 at the age of 85. 

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.

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Fr. Thomas Wilson – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Thomas Wilson 

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2019

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Mary of the Mount Church (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Saint Victor Parish (Bairdford, PA)
  • Transfiguration Parish (Russellton, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Wilson:

Father Thomas Wilson was ordained a priest in 1975, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, on April 6th, 2019, he had been placed on administrative leave. following allegations of inappropriate behavior with a minor. However, the diocese did say that the allegations did not involve sexual contact.

Father Wilson admitted to the allegation, while he was actively serving at two parishes in Allegheny County. The allegation dates back to a time when Wilson was serving as a seminarian at St. Mary of the Mount Church in Pittsburgh. The diocese did not reveal what Father Wilson admitted to doing and did not provide any other details of the incident. 

Thomas Wilson may no longer engage in public ministry, dress as a priest or present himself as a priest in good standing. He has been included on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s 2019 list of clergy against whom allegations have been made. He falls under the category of clergy who are living and have been removed from active ministry. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

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.

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Deacon Rosendo Dacal – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Deacon Rosendo Dacal

Diocese of Pittsburgh 

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Ordained: 2011 

Assigned as Follows:

  • All Saints Parish (Etna, PA)
  • Chaplain at Allegheny County Jail (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Steubenville Catholic Central High School (Steubenville, OH)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Deacon Rosendo Dacal:

Deacon Rosendo Dacal was ordained in 2011, and served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, in April 2018, he was arrested on charges related to sending and soliciting obscene images from an undercover police officer who was posing as a 14-year-old boy. He was then suspended from All Saints Parish in Etna.

He pleaded guilty in October to criminal solicitation of sexual abuse of children under a section of state law pertaining to depicting sexual acts via computer, photo, video or film. He was then sentenced in January 2019 to two years probation and 100 hours of community service. Rosendo Dacal was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 25 years. 

Rosendo Dacal will remain on leave and cannot function as a deacon. He will have the right to a canonical review of his convictions led by the Vatican, which could lead to loss of his clergy status. He has also been included on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s 2019 list of clergy against whom allegations have been made. He falls under the category of clergy who are living and have been removed from active ministry. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com