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Fr. Leonard Peterson – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Leonard Peterson

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2011

Returned to ministry: 2012

Retired (in good standing): 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • Corpus Christi (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Holy Angels (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Chaplain, Boy Scouts of America
  • Nativity B.V.M. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA)
  • Chaplain, Serra Club of Philadelphia
  • Archbishop Ryan High School
  • St. Patrick (Norristown, PA)
  • St. Isidore (Quakertown, PA)
  • Lansdale Catholic High School (Lansdale, PA)
  • Westchester University
  • St. Bridget (Philadelphia, PA)
  • St. Anastasia (Newtown Square, PA)
  • St. Maria Goretti (Hatfield, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Father Leonard Peterson:

Father Leonard Peterson was one of 21 active priests removed from ministry in 2011 following a review of Archdiocese of Philadelphia files for prior complaints of sexual abuse.  Other than to say that the Peterson allegations related to “violations of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries,” the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offering no information about the allegations against Peterson.   According to statements from the Archdiocese, “[v]iolations of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries include the introduction of pornography, tobacco, alcohol or drugs to a minor, taking pictures of a child while unclothed, or exploiting a child for sexual purposes.”

In 2012, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board concluded that the allegation(s) against Peterson were “unsubstantiated.”  Archbishop Charles Chaput returned Peterson to ministry in July 2012, though he technically retired voluntarily at that time.

Peterson is still living and now assists in the Diocese of Camden (New Jersey).  He is 76 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Philadelphia now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Deacon Michael F. Conroy – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Deacon Michael F. Conroy

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1994

Suspended from ministry: 2001

Laicized: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1994-2001 Sacred Heart (Royersford, PA)
  • 2002-2007 Leave of Absence

Summary of Allegations Against Deacon Michael Conroy:

Deacon Michael Conroy was suspended from ministry by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in mid-2001 for what the Archdiocese of Philadelphia would later call “known sexual misconduct involving a minor.”  Absolutely no details were or have been offered by the Archdiocese as to the details of the allegation, such as the age/gender of the victim(s), or whether this was the first time Conroy had been accused of misconduct during his tenure.  

Conroy was laicized (removed from the clerical state) by the Vatican in 2007.  

Conroy is now approximately 68 years old.  He is believed to be residing in the Royersford, Pennsylvania, area. 

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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 James J. Collins – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Father James J. Collins

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1964

Placed on leave: 2013

Permanently removed: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964 St. John the Evangelist (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1964-1965 Roman Catholic High School for Boys
  • 1964-1965 St. Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1964-1965 Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal
  • 1965 Our Lady of Pompeii (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1965-1968 North American College, Rome
  • 1966 St. Stephen (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1968-1969 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1968-1975 Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1969-1976 Roman Catholic High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1975-1976 St. Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976 St. Christopher (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976-2013 Holy Family University
  • 2013 Placed on administrative leave

Summary of Allegations Against Father James J. Collins:

According to a statement made by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Father James Collins was placed on administrative leave in 2013 after allegations were brought forth accusing him of sexually abusing a minor approximately 40 years earlier.  This was the first allegation reported against him and no other such allegation has been received against him. The information was also reviewed by the archdiocesan Office of Investigations, the Office for Child and Youth Protection and the Office of the Vicar for Clergy. Those offices provided a joint recommendation to the Archbishop, who decided to place Father Collins on administrative leave pending any possible action by law enforcement and a full internal investigation.

Ultimately Father James Collins was found not suitable for ministry. His current status with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is not known.  His name does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests despite the fact that the Archdiocese’s internal review board has determined at least one allegation of abuse was substantiated. 

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Msgr. Richard T. Powers – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Msgr. Richard T. Powers

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1963

Retired (in good standing): 2010

Removed: 2011

Permanently Restricted: 2013

Assigned as follows:

    • Our Lady of Mercy (Philadelphia, PA)
    • St. Patrick (Norristown, PA)
    • Catholic Foreign Mission Service (Venezuela)
    • St. Veronica (Philadelphia, PA)
    • St. Michael (Chester, PA)
    • Incarnation of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
    • St. Michael the Archangel (Levittown, PA)
    • Epiphany of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Richard T. Powers:

Msgr. Richard T. Powers’ name appeared on a February 1994 memo from William Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Secretary for the Clergy, to James Molloy, the Vicar for Administration for the Archdiocese.  The purpose of the memo was to catalog the sexual abuse allegations kept in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Secret Archives, which are files traditionally accessible only by the archbishop and, sometimes, one of his designees.  Under Canon Law, the Archdiocese is required to maintain any potentially scandalous information in the Secret Archives. Of the summaries Lynn wrote, “only basic information is contained in this report so as not to have too much in writing on this matter.”  

Powers’ name appears in the section labeled “Guilty of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.”  According to the summary, Powers “had a sexual relationship with a seventeen year old girl in Caracas, Venezuela, while with the Society of St. James,” and that they occurred sometime before 1989.  Powers was assigned to the Catholic Foreign Mission Service in Venezuela from 1967 to 1976.

Powers retired in good standing in 2010 but he remained at Epiphany of Our Lord parish until he was placed on administrative leave in 2011. He was permanently removed in 2013 after the Archdiocese’s internal review board found him unsuitable for ministry (but made no recommendation on whether the abuse occurred or not).

Powers does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests.  His current status with the Archdiocese is unknown.

Powers is still alive and is believed to be residing in the Darby, Pennsylvania, area.  He is 83 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Philadelphia now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Father John A. Close – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John A. Close

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1969

Suspended from ministry: 2011

Reinstated: 2012

Deceased: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969-1972 Christ the King (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1971-1972 Serra Club of (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1972 Saint John the Evangelist (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1972-1984 Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA)
  • 1982-1987 Sisters of Saint Francis, Assisi House (Aston, PA)
  • 1984-1987 Saint James Catholic High School for Boys (Chester, PA)
  • 1987-1990 Saint Pius X High School (Pottstown, PA)
  • 1987-1990 Saint Mary of Providence Center (Elverson, PA)
  • 1990-1994 Wood High School (Warminster, PA)
  • 1991-1994 Regina Coeli Residence for Priests (Warminster, PA)
  • 1994-1996 Saint Michael the Archangel (Levittown, PA)
  • 1996-2000 Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (Overbrook, PA)
  • 1997-2011 Legatus, Philadelphia Chapter(Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2000-2006 Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2011 Placed on administrative leave

Summary of Allegations Against Father John A. Close:

According to a statement released but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Father John Close was one of the twenty-one priests placed on administrative leave in 2011 pending an investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors.  The suspensions came in the weeks that followed the release of the second grand jury report, which identified more than 30 priests in active ministry despite having been accused of sexual misconduct.  

As of June 2011, there were two known accusers, both male and both who claimed that Father Close had sexually abused them as young teens, one in 1969, the other from 1992-1994. Father Close denied the allegations. One of the victims claims that he had tried to report the abuse to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1998, but they did not respond to his call. Both accusers said they reported the abuse to police, but were told that Father Close could not be investigated due to the statute of limitations. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia internal review board deemed all of the allegations unsubstantiated and he was returned to ministry.  

Father John close died in March 2018.

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Father Michael A. Chapman – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Michael A. Chapman

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1982

Placed on leave: 2011

Reinstated: 2012

Suspended: 2012

Permanently restricted: 2012

Laicized: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • 1982-1986 Saint Bonaventure (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1983-1985 Little Flower High School
  • 1986-1990 Saint Agnes (West Chester, PA)
  • 1990-1991 Saint Henry (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1990-19994 The Hispanic Apostolate
  • 1991-1992 Hispanic Ministry Coordinator for Montgomery County
  • 1994-1999 Saint Veronica (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1999-2001 Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
  • 2001-2011 Ascension of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2011 Placed on administrative leave

Summary of Allegations Against Father Michael Chapman:

According to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Father Michael Chapman was one of 21 priests placed on administrative leave in 2011, pending an investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors.  The suspensions came shortly after the release of the second grand jury report,  which identified more than 30 priests in active ministry who had been accused of sexual misconduct.  

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia stated that the 2011 allegations accusing him of violating standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries were unsubstantiated. He was found suitable to return to ministry until new allegations arose in 2012.  In the new allegations, the abuse reportedly occurred approximately thirty years prior. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia immediately reported the new allegations to law enforcement and delayed Father Chapman’s return to the parish.  He was returned to administrative leave. In 2013, the internal review board found him to be unsuitable for ministry and he was permanently barred from future ministry.

Chapman was laicized in 2014.  He is alive and believed to be residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Chapman is 63 years old.

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Father Gerard W. Chambers – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Gerard W. Chambers

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1934

Placed on leave: Went on “Health Leave” 7 different times

Suits Filed: 2004

Deceased: 1974

Assigned as follows:

  • 1934-1935 St. Joseph (Jim Thorpe, PA)
  • 1935-1936 St. Thomas the Apostle (Chester Heights, PA)
  • 1936 St. Joseph (Reading, PA)
  • 1936-1937 St. Mary Magdalen (Lost Creek, PA)
  • 1937-1939 St. Canicus (Mahanoy City, PA)
  • 1939-1941 St. Monica (Berwyn, PA)
  • 1941-1943 St. Francis De Sales (Lenni, PA)
  • 1943-1954 Health Leave
  • 1944-1945 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Doylestown, PA)
  • 1945-1947 St. Rose of Lima (North Wales, PA)
  • 1947-1948 St. Mary of the Assumption (Coaldale, PA)
  • 1948-1949 St. Patrick (McAdoo, PA)
  • 1949-1955 Health Leave (3x)
  • 1955-1956 Nativity B.M. V. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1956-1957 Health Leave (Villa Saint Joseph )
  • 1957 St. Francis Orphanage (Orwigsburg, PA)
  • 1957-1959 St. Gregory (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1959-1960 Seven Dolors (Wyndmoor, PA)
  • 1960-1961 Health Leave (Villa Saint Joseph )
  • 1961 St. Madeleine Sophie (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1961-1963 St. Gabriel (Stowe, PA)
  • 1963-1974 Health Leave, Villa Saint Joseph    

Summary of Allegations Against Father Gerard Chambers:

According to the 2005 Grand Jury Report,  Father Gerard Chambers was accused of molesting numerous altar boys, and of anally and orally raping at least one, during his 40 years as a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Nearly half of those years were spent on “health leaves” and in treatment facilities.

The report alleges that each time Father Chambers returned to ministry, he was assigned to a parish with full access to children. Once, after three successive sick leaves totaling more than six years, he was assigned as chaplain to an orphanage for boys. When Father Chambers was not on sick leave, he was moved from parish to parish. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia assigned him to 17 parishes in his 21 years of active ministry.

The report also states that church officials in 1994 claim to have destroyed all of Father Chambers’ personnel records covering his career in ministry. Beginning in 1994 four of his victims came forward to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to talk about their abuse. The victims were from his fourteenth and fifteenth assignments – Saint Gregory, in West Philadelphia; and Seven Dolors, in Wyndmoor. One rape victim allegedly tried to commit suicide and has been institutionalized at a state mental hospital. Two of his brothers were also victims of Father Chambers and are still haunted by their abuse more than 40 years later. The report claims that they named several other boys from Saint Gregory whom the priest had abused. One of the brothers testified that he believed Father Chambers “sexually abused every altar boy and quite frequently those who weren’t altar boys.” The brothers of the institutionalized victim expressed anger before the Grand Jury because they know the Archdiocese of Philadelphia could have prevented the abuse that ruined their brother’s life. They, too, could tell from the list of Father Chambers’ transfers that Church officials had to have known of the priest’s crimes from the time of his earliest assignments. Father Chambers was constantly transferred, at odd times of the year, sometimes after only months in assignments, and his career was interrupted repeatedly for “health leave.”

The priest was placed on permanent health leave in 1963, at the age of 56. He died in 1974.

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Father Pasquale R. Catullo – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Pasquale R. Catullo

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1963:

Placed on leave: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1964 St. Michael of the Saints (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1964 Our Lady of Pompeii (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1964-1969 Archbishop Kennedy High School
  • 1964-1968 Holy Saviour (Norristown, PA)
  • 1968-1969 Cosmas/Damian (Conshohocken, PA)
  • 1969-1972 Saint John Neumann High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1969-1976 St. Mary Magdalen De Pazzi (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976-1977 Holy Saviour (Norristown, PA)
  • 1977-1982 St. Irenaeus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1982-1983 St. Patrick (Kennett Square, PA)
  • 1983 King of Peace (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1983-1986 Stella Maris (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1986-1988 St. Thomas Aquinas (Croydon, PA)
  • 1988-1989 St. Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1989-1993 St. Anthony of Padua (Chester, PA)
  • 1993-1996 Annunciation B.V.M. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1996-1997 St. Helena (Center Square, PA)
  • 1996-2004 Villa Saint Teresa

Summary of Allegations Against Father Pasquale R. Catullo:

According to the 2005 Grand Jury Report, Father Pasquale was accused in 1969 of abuse of a female high school student. He self-reported the incident and requested to transfer. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia knew of his abuse yet continued to reassign him for 15 years. In late 2004 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board found the allegations against Father Catullo to be credible and substantiated.

Father Catullo 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.

Father Catullo’s name is included on a secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Monsignor James Molloy summarizing the sexual abuse allegations hidden in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Catullo is still alive and is living at Villa St. Joseph with other accused priests. The nature of his daily supervision is unknown.  He is 88 years old.

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Father Paul A. Castellani – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Paul A. Castellani

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1966

Placed on leave: 2011

Reinstated: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1996-1998 Holy Innocents (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1998-2001 Ascension of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2001-2005 Saint Martin of Tours (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2005-2007 Saint Pius X (Broomall, PA)
  • 2007-2008 Saint John Fisher (Boothwyn, PA)
  • 2008-2011 Saint Philomena (Lansdowne, PA)
  • 2011 Placed on administrative leave

Summary of Allegations Against Father Paul A. Castellani:

According to a press release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Father Paul A. Castellani was one of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese in 2011 pending an investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors.  He was later found suitable for ministry after determining that the misconduct claims against him were unsubstantiated by the Archdiocese’s internal review board.

Castellani was returned to ministry in 2012.

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Fr. John A. Cannon – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John A. Cannon

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1948

Placed on leave: 2005

Suits filed: 2004 & 2006

Deceased: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • 1948 SS. Cosmas/Damian (Conshohocken, PA)
  • 1948-1958 Saint John Neumann High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1948-1956 All Saints (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1956-1964 St. Monica (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1958-1963 Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1964-1965 St. Gertrude (West Conshohocken, PA)
  • 1963-1965 Office of Catholic Education
  • 1965- 1966 St. Eugene, (Primos, PA)
  • 1966 St. Andrew (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • 1966-1985 Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA)
  • 1966-1985 St. Andrew (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • 1982 St. Agnes/ St. John Nepomucene (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1985-2003 St. Joseph Home for Aged
  • 1985-2003 Villa Joseph Marie

Summary of Allegations Against Father John A. Cannon:

According to the 2005 Grand Jury Report, Father John A. Cannon molested teenage boys at a church summer camp from 1959 through 1964. According to the report, eight boys reported sexual abuse in 1964. The boys had complained to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that Father John Cannon would sneak into their cabins at camp in the night and molest them. Father Cannon allegedly admitted to some, but not all, of the sexual abuse. According to the report,  a letter sent to the Archdiocese on July 5, 1964, by Father John Murphy, notifies the Chancellor of reports that Father Cannon is abusing several boys at St. Monica’s summer camp. The report also notes a memo from 2002 in which Secretary for Clergy Lynn suggests there is insufficient evidence to restrict Fr. Cannon’s faculties, even though he had previously admitted molesting boys. The victim referred to in the memo (whose name is whited out) was one of the boys listed in Fr. Murphy’s 1964 letter to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Allegedly the Archdiocese of Philadelphia responded by ordering the priest to “desist” and by transferring him to a different parish, with no restrictions on his conduct.

The report also claims that in 1992, one of the priest’s victims contacted the Philadelphia Archdiocese officials to report the continuing effect of Father Cannon’s abuse. The victim was assured that in cases such as Father Cannon and sexually abusive priests are removed from their present situation, evaluated and treated, and not allowed again to work with Children. However, that was not true in the case of Father Cannon. According to the report, he failed to undergo treatment and was allowed to continue teaching at a girls’ school until he retired in February 2004.

In March 2004, following an Archdiocesan Review Board inquiry, the Philadelphia Archdiocese found the reports of father Cannon’s victims credible, and imposed restrictions on Father Cannon’s ministry and referred the case to the Vatican for review of laicization. However, Father Cannon 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. Civil suits were filed against him in 2004 and 2006.

Cannon died in 2017.

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