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Fr. Charles Engelhardt (Oblates) – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Monsignor Charles Engelhardt

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Charles Engelhardt Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1977

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1983:      Salesianum School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1983-1992:      Northeast Catholic High School Faculty House (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1992-2000:      Fr. Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1998-2000:      St. Jerome’s (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2000-2005:      Mater Dolorosa (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2005-2007:      St. Anthony of Padua (Wilmington, DE)
  • 2007-2010:      Resurrection of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2009-2011:      Villa De Sales Oblate Residence (Wyndmoor, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Charles Engelhardt:

Monsignor Charles Engelhardt, a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales, had been Secretary of Clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. According to media reports, in February 2011, as a result of a Philadelphia District Attorney’s investigation, he was charged along with another priest and a teacher, with orally sodomizing and molesting a 10 year-old altar boy in 1998 and 1999 at St. Jerome’s sacristy in Philadelphia. He was also accused also of giving the boy altar wine and showing him pornography. He denied the accusations. 

Monsignor Engelhardt was named in 2005 Grand Jury Report. He was also arrested for knowingly putting children in harm’s way, and was convicted January 2013. He was sentenced to six to twelve years in prison. He died in November 2014.

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

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

Dn. Charles Ginn – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Deacon Charles Ginn

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Charles Ginn Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 2001

Removed: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • St. Katharine of Siena (Wayne, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Deacon Charles Ginn:

Deacon Charles Ginn was ordained a priest in 2001 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He taught history at the prestigious Jesuit St. Joseph’s Prep School for 29 years. According to media reports, in November 2005, he was removed from his position following allegations that he had inappropriately kissed and hugged three students in 1996 while he was a counselor. At the time, he had admitted the misconduct to the school. The Prep’s then-president, David Sauter, ordered him to get psychiatric evaluation and treatment, removed him from his counseling position, and took away his office. He was ultimately deemed not to be a threat to students, and was not reassigned. 

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

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

Fr. David Lawlor – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father David Lawlor (Norbertine) 

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

David Lawlor Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Died: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • Daylesford Abbey (Paoli, PA)
  • St. John Neumann High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Mercy Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father David Lawlor:

Father David Lawlor was ordained a priest of the Norbertine order in 1971 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In addition to several years of teaching at Bishop Neumann High School, he also functioned as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital and served in many parishes in the Harrisburg and Trenton dioceses. He was a certified Addictions counselor and spent much of his later years ministering and supporting those in the AA program. He also served as kitchen director at the Daylesford Abbey.

According to media reports, in 2002, Father Lawlor was arrested and charged with groping two men in a whirlpool at a suburban YMCA. One of the men, described as a mentally disabled adult male, told investigators Lawlor accosted him in the men’s whirlpool. Father Lawlor denied the allegations and was placed on leave. In October 2003, a jury found him innocent.

He died in December 2017.

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

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

Fr. Ed Smith – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Ed Smith 

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ed Smith  Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975      St. John Neumann High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1982      Archmere Academy (Claymont, DE)
  • 1997      Archmere Academy (Claymont, DE)
  • 1996      Immaculate Conception Priory (Claymont, DE)
  • 1997      Claymont School Board of Trustees

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ed Smith:

Father Ed Smith was ordained a Norbertine priest in 1973 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. was an English teacher, dean of student life, and later principal of St. John Neumann High School in South Philadelphia. According to media reports, in 2002, he was put administrative leave after a former student filed a complaint with the District Attorney’s Office against him. The student claimed Father Smith sexually abused him as a 13-year-old freshman in 1976. He said he had also watched the priest molest two other boys in the presence of another priest. 

The former student wrote in a letter to Abbot Thomas De Wane, the administrator of the Norbertine Fathers, “Father Smith committed two additional criminal acts by sexually molesting me on two separate occasions, once on an elevator at the [faculty] dormitory attached to the school and the other time after school in the conference room. Edward Smith molested me physically, raped me spiritually, and slaughtered my childhood.”

After his removal from the school, Father Smith was assigned to a Salisbury, MD., parish for a year and then to Archmere Academy in Claymont, DE in 1982. There he taught religion, English and served as Archmere’s campus minister until he left the school in 1984.

In November 2005, Father Smith was named in a civil suit filed by a former Navy officer alleging the priest raped him as a 14-year-old boy more than 230 times over a three-year period in the 1980s while he was a student at Archmere Academy.

According to media reports, in March 2007, a U.S. District Court jury awarded the victim $41 million in damages. 

“The jury spoke out very loudly that all Delaware officials must do everything in their power to hold these persons accountable for their past crimes,” the victim said at a news conference. “I want to thank the judge and jury for allowing me to expose the truth about matters which have been hidden away for far too long, and for seeing that justice was done not only for me, but also for all the many other victims who have been denied their day in court by armies of lawyers and church bureaucrats who are more interested in a cover-up than in protecting innocent children and revealing the truth of what happens behind closed doors in their church.”

The victim settled with the Diocese Wilmington in January 2008 and with the Norbertines and school in September 2008.

“Now that the child’s victim act is law, I have filed suit against those whose ‘I don’t care attitude,’ reckless attitude caused my rape by a renegade priest,” Whitwell said at a press conference. “I want them held fully accountable by a civil jury and punished for their role in my child abuse.”

In July 2019, Father Smith’s name appeared on the St. Norbert Abbey’s in WI list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations, and that Smith was restricted from ministry.

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

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

Fr. Stephen Garrity – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Stephen Garrity

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Stephen Garrity Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz LawOrdained: 1970

Removed: 2007 

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971-1979:      St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1982:      Jesuit Community at St. Joseph’s Univ. (Merion Station, PA)
  • 1982-1985:      Loyola High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1982-1985:      Province Office (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1985-1991:      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA)
  • 1991-2001:      Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House (Faulkner, MD)
  • 2001-2007:      Holy Cross Parish (Durham, NC)
  • 2007-2008:      Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Provincial Curia (Baltimore, MD)
  • 2008-2011:      Jesuit Center – Jesuit Community (Wernersville, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Stephen Garrity:

Father Stephen Garrity was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1970 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career and was assigned to high schools in Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD and Scranton PA. He served also as the Province’s vocations director, as director and rector of a Faulkner MD retreat house and as a college chaplain and parish pastor in Durham NC. 

According to media reports, in 2007, he was removed from ministry by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus from Holy Cross Church in Durham, NC. The decision for removal came after Father Garrity admitted “inappropriate sexual contact” with five young adults, ages 18-23, in the early 1980s while in Baltimore and Philadelphia. He was sent for evaluation and received therapy. 

In January 2013, the Jesuits told the Philadelphia district attorney that they received a credible allegation that Father Garrity had sexually abused a male student at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in North Philadelphia in the 1970s. He was sent to a monitored community residential treatment facility run by the Jesuit community in Pennsylvania. 

The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus said that Father Garrity, a graduate of the school, engaged in inappropriate sexual touching while teaching at the school from 1971 to 1979.

He died in 2014.

In October 2018, Father Garrity’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Raleigh’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted a sexaul abuse allegation in 1970 reported in 2018.

In December 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Scranton’s list. It noted a sexaul abuse allegation in 1970 reported in 2018. That same month, his name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.  It noted multiple allegations. 

In February 2019, Father Garrity’s name was added to the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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

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

Fr. George Costigan – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father George Costigan

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

George Costigan Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 1994

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1947-1948:      Ammendale Normal Inst., Bros. of the Christian Schools (Ammendale/Beltsville, MD)
  • 1948-1952:      De La Salle College (Washington, DC)
  • 1952-1953:      Philadelphia Protectory for Boys (Phoenixville, PA)
  • 1953-1954:      St. John’s College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1954-1956:      Holy Family Community (Ammendale / Beltsville, MD)
  • 1956-1957:      Philadelphia Protectory for Boys (Phoenixville, PA)
  • 1957-1958:      St. Francis Vocational School (Eddington, PA)
  • 1958-1961:     Holy Family Community (Ammendale / Beltsville, MD)
  • 1961-1965:     West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1965-1970:      Holy Family Community (Ammendale / Beltsville, MD)
  • 1970-1971:      St. Bartholomew’s parish (San Manuel, AZ)
  • 1970-1971:      St. Helen’s (Oracle, AZ)
  • 1971-1974:      Immaculate Conception Seminary (Darlington, NJ)
  • 1974-1975:      St. Cecilia’s (Rockaway, NJ)
  • 1975-1993:      Dover General Hospital (Dover, NJ)
  • 1993-2001:      Felician Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Convent (Mt. Arlington, NJ)
  • 2002-2004:      (Puentenansa, Spain)
  • 2004:                Felician Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Convent (Mt. Arlington, NJ)
  • 2006:                 Hurricane Katrina relief (Huntsville, AL)

Summary of Allegations against Father George Costigan:

Father George Costigan took vows as a Christian Brother in 1948, and called himself Brother Daniel Eliseus. He left the Christian Brothers in 1971. After training at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington NJ, in the Archdiocese of Newark he was ordained a diocesan priest in 1974. He worked and lived in at least five dioceses, including the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and was incardinated in the Diocese of Paterson NJ. He lived for one year in a parish with a school, and then worked as a hospital chaplain. He was also assigned as priest among members of a women’s religious order running a retreat center catering to diocesan youth groups. 

According to media reports, in November 1993, an adult female accused Father Costigan of sexually abusing her multiple times, starting when she was eight years old in 1965 through 1972. Father Costigan denied the accusation. At the time of the alleged abuse, Father Costigan was a close friend of the victim’s father and a Christian Brother teaching at West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The alleged abuse, which is said to have included rape, continued until she attempted suicide as a sophomore in high school.

That same year, Bishop Rodimer of Paterson changed Father Costigan’s status to “retired” and re-assigned him as a chaplain to the Felician sisters convent in Mount Arlington, NJ, where the nuns ran a youth retreat house next door. He was removed from ministry in April 1994. 

From approximately 2002 through 2004, Father Costigan lived in Puentenansa, Spain, where he had previously gone on pilgrimage in 1994. He later returned to Mount Arlington. 

In 2006, Father Costigan was named auxiliary contract chaplain. He worked at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal doing Katrina relief work in Huntsville, AL. despite restricted status in Paterson.

In 2007, Father Costigan violated the terms of his suspension passing himself off as a priest at a Pennsylvania parish. Bishop Serratelli sent him a letter warning him that he could lose benefits. The Diocese of Paterson also sent alert letters in August 2007 to various places where Father Costigan worked or lived throughout the years, including St. Clare’s Hospital, Sacred Heart parish in Rockaway, the Felician Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Convent in Mount Arlington, NJ, and to the Diocese of Birmingham.

In 2009, Father Costigan presented himself again as an active priest. According to media reports, in 2011, amidst the decision of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to suspend 29 priests following an investigation of an alleged sex scandal, one woman reported that he had sexually abused her as a child. The priest was her father’s best friend.

In August 2011, Father Costigan’s name appeared on the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died in September 2015. In February 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Paterson’s list.

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

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

Fr. Steven Marinucci – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Steven Marinucci

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Steven Marinucci Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974

Suspended: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1978: St. Bernard (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1975-1979: St. Hubert High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1978-1983: St. Bartholomew (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1983-1985: Our Lady of Fatima (Bensalem, PA)
  • 1985-1990: St. John the Evangelist (Morrisville, PA)
  • 1990-2000: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (Wynnewood, PA)
  • 2000-2001: St. Clement (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2001-2010: St. Agatha/St. James (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2010-2019: St. Matthew (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Steven Marinucci:

Fr. Steven Marinucci was ordained a priest in 1974. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. He was an associate pastor at St. Matthew parish in Philadelphia since 2010.  Prior to that period, he worked from 2001 to 2010 at St. Agatha-St. James Parish, which serves University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University students. 

According to media reports, in January 2019, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received an allegation that  Fr. Marinucci sexually abused a minor child during the 1970s, while he was assigned to St. Hubert’s High School for Girls and living at St. Bernard and St. Bartholomew. The age and gender of the child were not released. In February 2019, he was suspended from active ministry pending a law enforcement investigation of the allegations. He will remain suspended pending the law enforcement and internal investigations.  

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

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

Fr. Michael McCarthy – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Michael McCarthy

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Michael McCarthy Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz LawOrdained: 1965

Suspension from ministry: 1993

Inpatient treatment: 1993, 1993-1994

Leave of Absence: 1993-2003

Retired: 2003

Laicized (removed from priesthood): 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1965-1989: Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA)
  • 1965-1975: St. Bernadette (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • 1975-1989: St. Francis of Assisi (Springfield, PA)
  • 1989-1992: St. Kevin (Springfield, PA)
  • 1992-1993: Epiphany (Norristown, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael McCarthy:

Father Michael McCarthy was ordained a priest in 1965 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, he was featured in the Philadelphia 2005 Grand Jury Report.  According to the report, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua promoted McCarthy to a pastorate at Epiphany parish mere months after being personally informed of sexual abuse allegations involving McCarthy.  Former Secretary for Clergy Msgr. William Lynn also attempted to convince experts at St. Luke Institute, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in Suitland, Maryland, to change their diagnosis of McCarthy as an ephebophile – someone who is sexually attracted to adolescents – so that he could return to ministry.  

  • THE 1986 ALLEGATION THAT WENT IGNORED

According to the grand jury report, in September 1986, a mother reported to the principal at Cardinal O’Hara High School that Father Michael McCarthy sexually abused her son by touching his back and bare buttocks in a sexual manner.  The principal, Father Philip Cribben, reportedly told her that he had heard rumors about McCarthy being inappropriate with boys but felt “powerless” to do anything until she came forward with an actual allegation. When confronted with the allegation, McCarthy denied it and threatened to hire a lawyer if the matter was pursued. The principal refused to transfer the boy out of McCarthy’s class.

A decision was made by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Education to transfer the child out of McCarthy’s class but, in conjunction with Msgr. David Walls – himself an accused abuser – it was decided that the boy would be transferred from two classes “so that it could be said that the change was for academic reasons.”

McCarthy remained at the high school for another three years, before being named acting pastor (administrator) of St. Kevin – a promotion.

  • THE 1991 ALLEGATION THAT WENT IGNORED

In 1991, a second complaint was made about Father Michael McCarthy.  A man contacted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and reported that he was sexually abused by McCarthy, who was his biology teacher at Cardinal O’Hara High School, from 1974-1975.  Under the guise of giving the boy private tutoring to improve his test scores, McCarthy struck up a personal relationship with the boy that eventually led to dinners and trips to McCarthy’s house on the Jersey Shore.  At the shore house, McCarthy got the boy drunk and made him share a bed. He would then engage the boy in mutual fondling, and even told the boy that he engaged in sexual activity with other students. The man told the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the names of several boys he knew had gone to the Shore house and others he suspected may have been abused.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia did nothing to locate the men or to investigate these leads any further. A handwritten note on a memo of notes from the meeting with the man says, “never admit to victim that there have been other cases.” We note that the note says “cases” – plural – and not “case,” so the Archdiocese was aware of others abused by McCarthy beyond the one allegation in 1986.

When confronted, McCarthy again denied the allegation and signed an affidavit that, to “the best of my recollection the incident alleged by [the man] never took place.” A handwritten note indicates that McCarthy seemed “suspicious” during his denial.

  • BEVILACQUA THINKS HE IS SMARTER THAN THERAPISTS AND PROMOTES MCCARTHY TO A PASTORATE WHERE OTHER PRIESTS COMPLAIN

Father Michael McCarthy remained in ministry and received a formal pastorate at Epiphany seven months after the second allegation was made.  Notably, correspondence in McCarthy’s file indicates multiple discussions with the Cardinal and other Archdiocese of Philadelphia officials that the promotion to Epiphany, rather than at St. Kevin, was to avoid drawing attention and publicity to McCarthy.  At Epiphany, the victim was less likely to discover he had been promoted and feel driven to pursue his allegations than he might be at St. Kevin. McCarthy accepted the new pastorate, but set out a list of demands for his future assignments, having been assured that sexually abusing children had no effect on his career trajectory.

There is also a reference to Cardinal Bevilacqua reviewing a sealed psychological exam report in McCarthy’s file.  The context suggests it was reviewed before the Epiphany assignment in June 1992. What is clear, however, is that Chancery officials “did not agree with the evaluation [McCarthy] received.”  The report itself was not provided to the grand jury.

Within a few months, a fellow priest met with Msgr. Lynn to relay concerns about the new Epiphany pastor.  According to documents from the meeting, the priest reported that McCarthy was very open about frequently gay bars, and made constant sexual innuendos and jokes. Another priest had expressed similar concerns to the priest, who also referred to earlier conversations with Lynn’s assistant.  Lynn dismissed the complaints as “innuendo…for which there was no proof.” There is no indication there was ever any investigation to determine what proof existed. A few months later, the priest met with Lynn again and asked for a transfer. He was frustrated with McCarthy, and said that the pastor had a poster of a nude man in his bedroom and also kept large amounts of pornography in the rectory.  

McCarthy remained in ministry and nothing was done.

  • A BIG DONATION CHECK FINALLY GETS BEVILACQUA’S ATTENTION

Then, a woman wrote to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in April 1993 with something that caught the Cardinal’s attention.  The woman reminded Cardinal Bevilacqua that her husband had recently written a $25,000.00 check to Catholic Life Renewal, in case he forgot her, and she had some concerns about Father Michael McCarthy.  Apparently, she owned a travel agency and McCarthy had become one himself. She was now losing all of the parish business and was upset that her donations went to fund what had become her competitor.  Within one week, Cardinal Bevilacqua had determined that the matter was “a high priority” and ordered an immediate investigation by Lynn.

During the investigation, witnesses provided information far beyond McCarthy’s work as a travel agent.  For example, the Vicar for Montgomery County shared that, among other things, he had received five or six complaints relating to “harsh treatment” of altar boys and children in the confessional.  Another Epiphany priest told Lynn that the pastor was often drinking, dressed immodestly, and had underwear catalogs and pornography all over the rectory, which corroborated the earlier reports. He also affirmed the Vicar’s statements about McCarthy’s treatment of children, saying that they all seemed to be afraid of McCarthy.  Lynn personally inspected McCarthy’s room in the rectory and found the pornography, just as the other priests said. All of it seemed to be of a homosexual nature, and Lynn also found information on “gay vacation spots in the Northeast.”

The information was all forwarded to the Cardinal, who asked McCarthy to resign his pastorate and ministry in May 1993 “as the result of the discovery of improper material in the possession of Fr. McCarthy,” referring to the gay pornography Lynn found.  Bevilacqua wrote, “…the implications of the material found were that Fr. McCarthy was a homosexual.” So it was the mere appearance of homosexuality that caused Bevilacqua to ask for McCarthy’s resignation, not multiple complaints of sexually abusing children.  

Less than six weeks after the donor wrote her letter, McCarthy tendered his resignation and was put on “health leave.”  McCarthy originally reported to Villa St. John Vianney, another notorious pedophile priest treatment facility and owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, but he eventually transferred to St. Luke Institute.  He was diagnosed with “homosexual ephebophilia,” meaning that he was sexually attracted to adolescent boys. He was also noted to be a defensive patient who made slow progress in his treatment. Therapists told Bevilacqua and Lynn at the time of his discharge, “there is still more that has not yet been revealed and do not think we should risk having Fr. McCarthy in any assignment” for at least three years.

McCarthy moved to his shore house and worked at a casino while completing the St. Luke’s aftercare program. His faculties remained restricted – he could still celebrate mass, just not publicly.  

  • MORE ALLEGATIONS IN 1996

In 1996, Lynn wrote to staff at St. Luke’s that there had been new accusations (plural) brought against McCarthy relating to sexual abuse that occurred around 1990.  Lynn provided no details, except to refer to “allegations” and “complainants” in the plural form.

  • THE ARCHDIOCESE TRIES TO MANIPULATE MCCARTHY’S EPHEBOPHILE DIAGNOSIS SO THAT MCCARTHY CAN RETURN TO MINISTRY IN 1998

In 1998, after the pastor at St. Kevin’s died, McCarthy asked to be appointed as his replacement.  Lynn asked McCarthy to arrange for his current therapist to write a letter addressing the St. Luke’s diagnosis so that he could “revisit” the diagnosis with the Director of St. Luke’s.   

Lynn spoke with the Director, questioning the competence of McCarthy’s therapy team and placing great weight on the fact that McCarthy disputed the diagnosis despite having admitted to a sexual attraction to pubescent boys and sharing a bed with them naked.  St. Luke’s stood by its diagnosis, which meant that, under the policies of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, McCarthy could never return to ministry.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia never sent any more priests to St. Luke’s after that, and no other priests ever received a diagnosis barring them from ministry again.  Instead, the Archdiocese continued to use St. John Vianney, the facility it owned and which had only antiquated means of diagnosing sexual disorders.

  • MCCARTHY RETIRED VOLUNTARILY AND NOW LIVES QUIETLY IN NEW JERSEY

McCarthy remained on a leave of absence with limited faculties until he retired voluntarily in 2003.  He had no supervision during the period of his 10 year leave of absence.

McCarthy is still living and is believed to be residing in his shore home in Margate, New Jersey.  He is 81 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 Archdiocese of Philadelphia may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so please do not delay in reaching out to us.

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

Fr. Donald Mills – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Donald Mills

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Donald Mills Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1982

Leave of Absence: 1999-2006

Died: 2006

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Mills:

Father Donald Mills was ordained a priest in 1982 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. According to media reports, in 1996, a priest raised concerns about “troubling conduct” by Mills at the time he was supposed to be transferred to a new parish, St. Andrew, in Newton. The priest, who was already assigned at St. Andrew, had heard “disturbing information” about Mills and was concerned about his danger to people in the parish – and that most of that information had come from fellow priests, including Mills’ former pastor.  The priest, who testified during the criminal trial of Msgr. William Lynn, the former Secretary for Clergy, said that he was punished for speaking up about Mills. He says Lynn dismissed the reports as “hearsay” and “rumors,” and recommended that the priest raising the concerns be disciplined.  

Cardinal Bevilacqua, then the Archbishop of Philadelphia, ordered the priest to apologize for questioning his placement decisions and then sent the priest on a two-week retreat to reflect upon his disobedience and “ruining the reputation of Father Mills.”  He almost lost his pastorate. He would not be given any more associate priests to assist in his busy parish, only a seminary student. The priest then waited 15 years before he was promoted to Monsignor, much longer than many of his seminary classmates and most other parish pastors.  Lynn reportedly told him at the time of his promotion, “everybody deserves to get out of the penalty box at some point.”

Mills went to a new assignment, albeit not at the same parish as the priest who reported concerns, in 1996.  His ministry was unrestricted.

In 1997, he was transferred to another parish, where the pastor soon raised concerns (more than once) that Mills was engaging in inappropriate sexual relationships with adult parishioners.  

In 2005, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received a report from a man who said he was sexually abused as a child by Mills in 1982.  As Mills’ name does not appear on any list of credibly accused priests published by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, it would seem the Archdiocese’s internal review board deemed the allegation untrue.

Father Donald Mills’ name was not disclosed in the 2005 grand jury report, nor does it appear on any list of credibly accused priests published by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  His name first surfaced during the criminal prosecution of Msgr. William Lynn, the former Secretary for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in 2011.

Mills died in 2006.  He remained a priest in good standing at the time of his death.

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Father William G. Ayres – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father William Ayres

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1999

Suspended: 2010

Civil lawsuits filed: 2010 & 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Incarnation of Our Lord Parish (Philadelphia, PA)
  •  Coordinator of the Laotian Apostolate
  •  Saint Katharine Drexel Parish (Chester, PA)
  • Office for Pastoral Care of Migrants & Refugees
  • Saint Michael (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Father William Ayres:

Father William Ayres was ordained a priest in 1999 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career.  According to media reports, in 2010, Father Ayres was removed from his assignments as parochial administrator, at two parishes after allegations arose that he had had molested a minor in the late 1990s while he was serving at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. The Archdiocese had notified the District Attorney’s Office, and Father Ayres was moved from St. Michael’s to Villa Saint Joseph, in Darby, a home for retired priests, including some who have been accused of sexual abuse.

This was the first allegation of sexual abuse that the Archdiocese had received regarding Father Ayres. However, the civil suit filed in 2011 accuses the priest of abusing another youth from 1996 through 1999 at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia when Ayres was the seminarian.

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

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