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Statement of Adam Horowitz on Retirement of Msgr. Michael Matusak (Greensburg)

Statement of Adam Horowitz, attorney for a second woman accusing Msgr. Michael Matusak of sexual abuse:

On June 12, 2019, the Diocese of Greensburg announced the voluntary retirement of Msgr. Michael Matusak, a priest accused of sexually abusing a minor child, as detailed in media reports.  The Diocese says that Matusak’s age – not the allegation of abuse – is what led to his retirement, even though he should have been stripped of his faculties and title long ago after the Diocese determined that the allegation was credible in 2018.

But why didn’t Bishop Malesic tell the public that there is at least one more allegation of sexual abuse against Matusak?  Earlier this year, the Diocese was made aware of a second claim of abuse by a woman who says that she was sexually abused by Matusak from 1973 to 1976 while he was a deacon preparing for his ordination at St. Hedwig in Smock, and continuing after Matusak’s ordination as a priest.  The woman also says that Matusak stalked and harassed her for nearly 20 more years, even telling her that he would leave the priesthood for her.

Withholding this kind of information from the public is misleading and dangerous.  It undermines the credibility of the woman whose allegation was identified in the grand jury report by continuing to present it as a “he-said, she-said,” when there is additional evidence to suggest that Matusak is a danger to children.  This is another example of America’s bishops failing at their promises of transparency and openness – and the importance of the public and the media in holding them accountable. Public safety depends upon it and survivors deserve better.

Adam Horowitz is a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of sexual assault and abuse.  Though based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he has represented victims and survivors of abuse nationwide for nearly two decades. In 2018, he obtained a jury verdict of more than $70M for a woman raped on a luxury yacht in South Florida.  He has been quoted by hundreds of media outlets worldwide.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg area 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- or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Msgr. Michael Matusak – Diocese of Greensburg

Monsignor Michael Matusak

Diocese of Greensburg

Michael Matusak Diocese of Greensburg Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1975

Named Chaplain: 2005

Removed for Police Investigation: August 2018

Retired (voluntarily) due to age: June 2019

Died: October 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1977: St. Barbara (Harrison City, PA)
  • 1977-1981: Ss. Simon and Jude (Blairville, PA)
  • 1981-1982: Blessed Sacrament Cathedral (Greensburg, PA)
  • 1982-1984: St. Agnes (North Huntingdon, PA)
  • 1984-1986: Our Lady of Grace (Greensburg, PA)
  • 1984-1986: Diocese Office of Education
  • 1986-1988: St. Gertrude (McIntyre, PA)
  • 1988-1997: Church of the Good Shepherd (Kent, PA)
  • 1997-2007: St. Pius X (Mt. Pleasant, PA)
  • 2007-2018: St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus (Uniontown, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Msgr. Michael Matusak:

Msgr. Michael Matusak was ordained a priest in 1975, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Greensburg. According to media reports, after credible allegations of sexual abuse dating back 20 years were brought to the attention of the Diocese of Greensburg in August 2018, Monsignor Matusak was removed from ministry until the completion of a police investigation. At the time of his removal, the Diocese stated publicly that the investigation is now in the hands of law enforcement, and that Matusak would remain on leave at least until that investigation is complete. 

According to media reports, the allegation against Matusak stemmed from his time at St. Pius X (1997-2008). Following the release of a statewide grand jury report in August, a woman who had been a parishioner at St. Pius X emailed the diocese to say that Matusak molested her when she was a teenager.  The Diocese’s internal investigation concluding with a finding that the allegation was credible, meaning that Matusak should have been permanently removed from ministry, stripped of his faculties, and reported to the Vatican for laicization proceedings under the 2002 Dallas Charter adopted by America’s bishops.

In March 2019, Horowitz Law reported a second allegation to the Diocese of Greensburg.  The Diocese never disclosed this second allegation to the general public, instead announcing in June 2019 that Matusak was retiring (voluntarily) due to his age.  When confronted by a reporter about its coverup of the second allegation, the Diocese’s spokesman admitted that the Diocese knew of the second allegation but saw no reason to inform the public about it.  For more information, click here.

In addition to his parish assignments, Matusak was the Dean of Deanery 5 at the time of his removal. The Diocese of Greensburg says that Matusak would be residing in a retirement home for priests.

Matusak later died at the retirement home in October 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg. 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 Greensburg may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

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