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Father William J. Dougherty – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father William Dougherty

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

William Dougherty Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Laicized: 2006

Placed on Leave: 1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969-1970: St. Augustine (Bridgeport, PA)
  • 1970: All Saints Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1970-1993: Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1970-1973: Our Mother of Mercy Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1973-1977: Nativity B.V.M. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1975-1996: Military Chaplain, U.S. Air Force-Reserve
  • 1977-1978: Nazareth Academy Convent
  • 1978-1980: St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1983: Holy Child (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1983-1986: Holy Angels (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1986-1994: St. Jerome (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1993-1994: Mercy Vocational High School
  • 1994-1996: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Doylestown, PA)
  • 1996: Leave of Absence
  • 1996: Rochester Treatment Center
  • 1996-1998: Mother of Divine Providence (King of Prussia, PA)
  • 1998-1999: Nativity (Warminster, PA)
  • 1999-2006: Leave of Absence
  • 1999: Saint John Vianney Center
  • 1999-200: Villa Saint Joseph

Summary of Allegations Against Father William Dougherty:

Father William Dougherty was ordained a priest in 1969 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to the Philadelphia 2005 Grand Jury Report, he was accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a female high school student. No date or description of the abuse was given.

According to the report, Father Dougherty had been placed on administrative leave back in 1999. In 2004, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia accepted the review board assessment stating that the allegation against him was credible. In 2004, his ministry was restricted and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that the Vatican was reviewing his case for laicization. Later that year, Father Dougherty’s ministry was further restricted and ultimately he was laicized in 2006.

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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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Father John Dougherty – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John Dougherty

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

John C. Dougherty Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1945

Deceased: 2003

Summary of Allegations Against Father John C. Dougherty:

Not much is known about Father John Dougherty’s past with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. But According to the Archdiocese website Father Dougherty’s name is included on a secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Monsignor James Molloy regarding priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor but for whom no conclusive evidence was found.  At the time of the memo, Dougherty was assigned as Associate Pastor at St. Bartholomew parish in Philadelphia, but no further information was given to the public about the allegations against Dougherty.  The age/gender and number of alleged victims is unknown.  

Msgr. Lynn, then the Archbishop’s Secretary for Clergy, is the only Catholic Church official in the United States to be convicted for his role in the coverup of child sexual abuse allegations.  In 2012, he was convicted of child endangerment.  His conviction has twice been overturned.  His most recent re-trial was ordered to begin in March 2020, just as the COVID pandemic was closing courts across America.  He will likely stand for retrial in 2021.

Father John Dougherty died in 2003. 

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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 now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  

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Father Michael J. Donofrio – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Michael Donofrio

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Michael Donofrio Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law
Ordained: 1976

Placed on leave: 2003

Laicized: 2007

Suits filed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1976-1981: Queen of the Universe (Levittown, PA)
  • 1977-1979: Bishop Conwell High School
  • 1977-1979: Associate Director, CYO Regional
  • 1981-1982: Saint Maria Goretti High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1981-1986: St. Thomas Aquinas (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1986-1990: St. Henry (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1988: Release to Outside Service, Diocese of Caguas (Puerto Rico)
  • 1988-1990: Little Flower High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1990-1996: Release to Outside Service, Society of St. James the Apostle
  • 1996-2003: Release to Outside Service, Diocese of Abancay (Peru)
  • 2003-2007: Leave of Absence

Summary of Allegations Against Father Michael J. Donofrio:

According to the 2005 Grand Jury Report, Father Michael Donofrio was accused of abusing of a 12 yr old boy from 1982-1983. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was notified of Father Donofrio’s actions in 2002. According to the records Father Michael Donofrio was working in Peru when Monsignor Lynn requested from Bishop Ribera that Father Michael Donofrio be relieved of his priestly duties in Peru. He was Removed from that assignment in 2003 and placed on restricted leave. He was also requested to return to Philadelphia for a psychological evaluation. Donofrio submitted a petition for voluntary laicization to the Vatican and he was laicized in 2007.

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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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Father Richard D. Dolan – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Richard Dolan

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Richard Dolan Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Laicized: 2000

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1966 St. Michael the Archangel (Levittown, PA)
  • 1966-1967 St. Margaret (Narberth, PA)
  • 1967 Old Saint Mary’s (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967-1969 Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1969-1974 St. Malachy (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1974-1975 Sacred Heart of Jesus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1975-1976 All Saints (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976-1981 St. Anastasia (Newtown Square, PA)
  • 1976-1981 Chaplain, Boy Scouts of America
  • 1981 Left Active Ministry

Summary of Allegations Against Father Richard Dolan:

Father Richard Dolan was ordained a priest in 1962 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career, and left active ministry in 1981. According to media reports, in September 2006,  a woman spoke before Archbishop Rigali and clergy about being violently raped by Father Dolan for 18 months, beginning when she was age 14. She had been seeking solace from the priest amidst being sexually abused by her deviant and violent father and her three brothers.

“Usually, sexual predators groom or seduce their victims, but not Dolan,” she said. “He was violently aggressive, and used intimidation and shock to make me submit.”

Father Dolan was laicized in May 2000. His name was not included in the Philadelphia 2005 Grand Jury Report, but his name was included on the secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Monsignor James Molloy (released 2/27/12) regarding priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor with no conclusive evidence.

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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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Father Joseph DiGregorio – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Joseph DiGregorio

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Joseph DiGregorio Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Placed on leave: 2011

Reinstated: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966-1970: Our Lady of Loreto (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1970-1971: St. Anthony of Padua (Ambler, PA)
  • 1971-1976: St. Thomas Aquinas (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976-1977: St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1977-1982: Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1982-1987: St. Paul’s (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1987-1988: Epiphany of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1988-1997: Army Reserve on Active Duty
  • 1997-1998: Regular Army Chaplain
  • 1998-1999: Status uncertain
  • 1999-2004: Regular Army Chaplain
  • 2004-2005: Status uncertain
  • 2005-2010: St. Martin of Tours (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2010-2011: Stella Maris Rectory (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Father Joseph DiGregorio:

According to the Philadelphia 2011 Grand Jury Report, a woman came forward in 2005 to report that Father Joseph DiGregorio had sexually her as a 16-year-old girl in 1967 or 1968 while he served at Our Lady of Loreto in Philadelphia. Initially, the Review Board found the allegation to be credible but reversed its decision in 2006. After the release of Grand Jury Report, Father DiGregorio was placed on leave from his assignment as parochial vicar at Stella Maris Rectory. Father DiGregorio denied all allegations. 

According to media reports, in October 2012, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reinstated DiGregorio to active ministry. Church officials said an investigation found that he violated The Standards of Ministerial Behaviors and Boundaries more than 40 years ago, but they did not say how. They said “there’s compelling evidence that makes him suitable for ministry and that there’s no evidence he poses a danger to children.”

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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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Father Edward M. DePaoli – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Edward DePaoli

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Edward DePaoli Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1970

Placed on leave: 1985-1988, 1992-2004

Laicized: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1975: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Doylestown, PA)
  • 1971-1975: Newman Apostolate
  • 1975-1979: Mother of Divine Providence (King of Prussia, PA)
  • 1979-1985: Bishop McDevitt High School (Wyncote, PA)
  • 1979: St. Isidore (Quakertown, PA)
  • 1979-1980: St. Albert Great (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
  • 1980-1985: Holy Martyrs (Oreland, PA)
  • 1985-1988: Faculties Removed/Suspended
  • 1985-1987: Saint John Vianney Center
  • 1987: Saint Luke Institute (Maryland)
  • 1987: Saint John Vianney Center (inpatient treatment)
  • 1987-1988: House of Affirmation (Hopedale, MA)
  • 1988: Golden Valley Health Center (MN)
  • 1988: Private Residence (Royersford, PA)
  • 1988-1991: Saint John Vianney Church (Colonia, NJ)
  • 1991-1992: St. John the Baptist (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1992-2004: Administrative Leave
  • 1992-1995: Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1995-2002: St. Gabriel (Stowe, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Father Edward DePaoli:

Father Edward DePaoli was ordained a priest in 1970 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to the Philadelphia 2005 Grand Jury Report, he was convicted in 1986 of receiving child pornography through the mail. A 1985 search by U.S. Postal Inspectors of his rectory room at Holy Martyrs Church in Oreland turned up an estimated $15,000 worth of pornography. Child pornography – including 111 magazines, 14 8mm films, and 11 videotapes – were seized from under Father DePaoli’s bed. At the time he was teaching morals and ethics at an Archdiocese high school.

Father DePaoli’s criminal behavior and the Archdiocese’ of Philadelphia concealment of it followed familiar patterns, including transfers to parishes where parents were unaware of the priest’s past, official intimidation of a concerned witness, and the filing of records claiming restrictions that were not enforced. After his arrest in 1986, Father DePaoli went for treatment, which proved unsuccessful. He was diagnosed with a sexual compulsion and relapsed repeatedly –purchasing child pornography even while residing at a treatment center.

According to the Grand Jury Report, in February 1988, Archbishop Bevilacqua ignored the advice of the priest’s doctor and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Chancellor to keep Father DePaoli in Philadelphia for therapy. Instead, he arranged an assignment for the priest in Colonia, New Jersey, where his crime and sexual addiction would be unknown to his parishioners. Father DePaoli eventually returned to Philadelphia in 1991 and continued to minister until December 2002, though without a formal assignment for part of the time. He was allowed to minister despite reports to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that his addiction to pornography continued, that he made sexual comments about an 8th-grade girl during a sermon, and even that he had molested a 12-year-old girl years earlier. A nun in 1996 informed officials that she was worried about the safety of the children in her parish. She was fired for speaking out. Father DePaoli’s ministry, however, continued.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was well aware that he was performing marriages and baptisms, hearing confessions, concelebrating Mass, and preaching nearly every Sunday at Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother in Stowe, where he had resided in the rectory since 1995. Yet, in December 2002, when news stories reported that the convicted collector of child pornography was still ministering, Cardinal Bevilacqua claimed the priest was being disobedient. The Cardinal had his spokesperson, Catherine Rossi, tell reporters that Father DePaoli had been stripped of all his priestly duties immediately after the 1985 incident, but failed to mention that they had been fully reinstated before Father DePaoli returned to active and unrestricted ministry in 1988. After telling a victim he believed her allegation that the priest had molested her, Cardinal Bevilacqua assured the public that he was “not a danger to anyone.” 

DePaoli was laicized in 2004.  

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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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Father John J. Delli Carpini – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John Delli Carpini

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

John Delli Carpini Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1976

Placed on leave: 1998, 2002

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1976-1979: St. Luke the Evangelist (Glenside, PA)
  • 1979-1982: St. John the Evangelist (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1979-1982: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1982: Immaculate Conception (Jenkintown, PA)
  • 1982-1986: Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1985-1986: Temple University
  • 1986-1998: St.Charles Borromeo Seminary (Overbrook, PA)
  • 1998-2002: St. Cabrini Home (West Park, PA)
  • 1998-2002: Office of the Chancellor

Summary of Allegations Against Father John Delli Carpini:

Father John Delli Carpini  was ordained a priest in 1976 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to the Philadelphia 2005 Grand Jury Report, he was accused of abuse of two youths over a period of several years both before seminary and after ordination. He was initially placed on leave in 1998 and then returned to duty.  However, he was placed on leave again in 2002. 

The report also details how that in 1998, Father Delli Carpini began writing homilies and speeches for Cardinal Bevilacqua. He also became a writer in the Cardinal’s Communications Office, working for its director, Catherine Rossi, and helping to represent the  Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s views during a time that sexually abusive priests were becoming a national scandal. He did so even though, as Cardinal Bevilacqua well knew, Father Delli Carpini had just a few months before admitting to molesting a 13-year-old boy from his first assignment at Saint Luke the Evangelist in Glenside. Cardinal Bevilacqua tried to conceal his association with Father DelliCarpini and also made sure that the priest kept quiet his authorship of the Cardinal’s homilies and pronouncements. This arrangement continued until March 2002.

Before writing for Cardinal Bevilacqua, Father Delli Carpini taught at Roman Catholic High School and was a dean at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for 12 years. The molestation he admitted began in 1977 when the boy was an 8th-grader in Saint Luke’s parish; it continued for seven years. When the victim informed the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of his abuse in 1998, he also reported that he had seen Father Delli Carpini in the act of molesting a 15-year-old, and had walked in on the priest as he appeared to be preparing to abuse an 8-year-old boy. Cardinal Bevilacqua permitted Father Delli Carpini to continue in ministry anyway and to live in a parish rectory. He did so after receiving a psychological evaluation reporting “a sexual disorder and a severe personality disorder.” Attempting to justify these decisions to the Grand Jury, the Cardinal testified that he generally relied on the advice of therapists to decide whether a priest guilty of abuse should be given an assignment. According to the report the documents in Father Delli Carpini’s file, however, show that it was Cardinal Bevilacqua who made the initial determination to keep him in ministry. The therapists, who worked for the Archdiocese, then tailored the priest’s treatment to fit the Cardinal’s decision.

Delli Carpini was laicized in 2005.  He is still living and is believed to be residing in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area. 

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Father Nicholas V. Cudemo – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Nicholas Cudemo Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Father Nicholas Cudemo

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1963

Placed on leave: 1996

Laicized: 2005

Suits filed: 1992, 2005, 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1968 St. Stanislaus (Lansdale, PA)
  • 1968 Our Lady of Angels (Philadelphia, PA0
  • 1968-1969 Saint John Neumann High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1968-1969 St. Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1969-1973 Archbishop Kennedy High School
  • 1969 SS. Cosmas/Damian (Conshohocken, PA)
  • 1969-1971 St. Helena (Center Square, PA)
  • 1971-1977 St. Titus (Norristown, PA)
  • 1973-1977 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1977-1982 St. Mary Magdalen De Pazzi (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1982-1987 St. Irenaeus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1987-1989 Epiphany (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1989-1991 King of Peace (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1991-1996 St. Callistus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1992-1996 Administrative Leave
  • 1996-2005 Retired, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Summary of Allegations Against Father Nicholas Cudemo:

Father Nicholas Cudemo was ordained a priest in 1963 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to the Philadelphia 2005 Grand Jury Report, he raped an 11-year-old girl, molested a fifth grader in the confessional, invoked God to seduce and shame his victims, and maintained sexually abusive relationships simultaneously with several girls from the Catholic school where he was a teacher.

Father Cudemo has been accused of abuse of between 11-16 young girls in 1960s and 1970s. According to the report, his own family sued him for molesting a cousin. It was only after victims threatened to name the Cardinal and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in a lawsuit was Father Cudemo removed from his pastorate.

A list of some of the victims identified in evidence before the Grand Jury makes clear both Father Cudemo’s unrelenting depravity and the extent of Church leaders’ knowledge when they kept reassigning the priest. This list includes only those girls who were the subject of formal complaints made to Archdiocesan managers. It does not include the names of girls that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia learned of either secondhand from the victims who came forward or from the priest himself.

The report also notes that Father Cudemo was named as a diagnosed pedophile in the secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Monsignor Molloy.

Father Cudemo was eventually laicized in 2005.

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Fr. Henry “Harry” Nawn – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Henry “Harry” Nawn

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. Harry Nawn Horowitz Law Ordained:  1955

Retired (in good standing): 1991

Died: 1996

Named in civil lawsuits: 2004, 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955 St. Patrick (McAdoo, PA)
  • 1955-1956 St. Mary (St. Clair, PA)
  • 1956-1957 St. Joseph (Downingtown, PA)
  • 1957 St. Gabriel (Norwood, PA)
  • 1957-1958 St. James Catholic High School
  • 1957-1958 Holy Saviour (Linwood, PA)
  • 1958-1978 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1958-1959 Immaculate Conception (Jenkintown, PA)
  • 1959 Holy Saviour (Linwood, PA)
  • 1959-1966 St. Edward the Confessor (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1966-1967 St. Columba (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967-1967 Convent of Divine Love
  • 1967-1977 St. Dominic (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1977-1978 St. Joachim (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1978 Holy Angels (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1978-1979 St. Robert (Chester, PA)
  • 1979-1986 St. Bernard (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1986-1987 Corpus Christi (Lansdale, PA)
  • 1987-1991 St. Edmond (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1991-1994 Retired, Villa St. Joseph
  • 1994-1995 Immaculate Conception (Jenkintown, PA)
  • 1995-1996 Retired, Villa St. Joseph

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Henry “Harry” Nawn:

Father Henry “Harry” Nawn was ordained a priest in 1955 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to the Philadelphia 2011 Grand Jury Report, he was accused of sexually abusing multiple boys during the course of his priesthood.

The first allegation, made in 1997, was made by a man who alleges he was abused by Nawn at Cardinal Dougherty High School from approximately 1962-1963. No action was taken except to inform the man that Nawn died in 1996.

The second allegation was made in 2002 by another Cardinal Dougherty High School alum who said he was victimized from approximately 1960-1964.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia lied to the man and told him that there were no other complaints about Nawn. No other action was taken.

The third allegation was made approximately six months later.  A man alleged that he was sexually abused by Nawn as a 13 year old altar boy at St. Edmond’s in Philadelphia.

The fourth allegation was made in 2004 by a man who said that he as sexually abused from 1965-1966.  He too was abused as a student at Cardinal Dougherty High School.

The fifth allegation was made a few days after the fourth one in 2004.  The victim told the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that he was a freshman at Cardinal Dougherty High School when Nawn abused him, but the Grand Jury report is not clear what year that was.  

In 2004, a Philadelphia man filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia alleging that he was sexually abused by Nawn and a second priest, Fr. Charles Siegele, while he attended Cardinal Dougherty High School from 1960-1964.  

A sixth man alleged abuse by Nawn in 1962, after the man went to Nawn to report sexual abuse by another priest.  Instead of protecting the boy, Nawn sexually abused him too.

Nawn retired as a priest in good standing in 1991.  He died in 1996.

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.

Father James J. Coonan – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father James Coonan

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

James Coonan Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1965

Retired: 2002

Inpatient evaluation: 2002

Faculties Removed: 2004

Died: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1965-1970 Queen of the Universe (Levittown, PA)
  • 1970-1971 St. Carthage (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1971-1973 St. Madeline (Ridley Park, PA)
  • 1973-1975 Nativity (Warminster, PA)
  • 1975-1980 Nativity B.M.V. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1983 St. Cyril of Alexandria (East Lansdowne, PA)
  • 1983-1985 St. Stanislaus (Lansdale, PA)
  • 1985-1988 Sacred Heart (Havertown, PA)
  • 1988-1986 Chaplain, U.S. Air Force
  • 1996-1999 St. Leo (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1999-2001 Chaplain, Holy Redeemer Health System

Summary of Allegations Against Father James Coonan:

Father James Coonan was ordained a priest in 1965 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to the Philadelphia 2005 Grand Jury Report, he was accused in 2002 of abusing two boys in the late ’60s. Following these accusations, Father Coonan’s priestly faculties were restricted to private Mass. Father Coonan also underwent a psychological evaluation at the notorious St. John Vianney Hospital, where the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sent dozens of accused priests for evaluation and treatment.

According to the report, in 2004, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia imposed further restrictions on Father Coonan’s priestly ministry and informed him that his name would not appear in the 2005 Catholic Directory. Eventually, Father Coonan agreed to the removal of his priestly faculties, to forgo the Church penal process and to accept the imposition of a supervised life of prayer and penance.

Coonan resided at Villa St. Joseph until his death in 2016.

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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.

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