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Fr. Raymond Smart – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Raymond Smart

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1970

Absent on Sick Leave: 1995-2002

Retired (voluntarily): 2002

Faculties restricted: 2017

Found unsuitable for ministry: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Saint Helena Parish, Center Square (1970-1974)
  • Newman Chaplain, Montgomery County Community College (1971-1974)
  • Saint Pius X High School, Pottstown (1974-1982)
  • Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia (1982-1983)
  • Chaplain, Saint Gabriel’s Hall, Audubon (1983-1989)
  • Bishop Kenrick High School, Norristown (1983-1991)
  • Bishop Shanahan High School, Downingtown (1991-1995)
  • health leave (1995-2002)
  • retired (2002)
  • priestly faculties restricted (2017)
  • found unsuitable for ministry (2019)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Raymond Smart:

According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, “Reverend Raymond W. Smart has not served in any parish or school since 1995 due to poor health. He has been retired and living in a private residence since 2002. In April 2011 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received an allegation from a third party complainant that Father Smart had sexually abused a minor. This allegation was referred to law enforcement and no criminal charges were filed. No announcements regarding this allegation were made as the complainant did not provide information as to where the abuse was alleged to have occurred.”

In January 2016, the Archdiocese received an allegation that Father Smart had violated The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. This matter related to alleged misconduct with an adult and did not constitute alleged criminal activity.  His ministry remained unrestricted.

Smart remained a priest in good standing, limited only by his “poor health,” until he was accused of sexual misconduct with a minor child a second time in 2017.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has not offered many details about the alleged misconduct, except to say that it is alleged to have occurred in the early 1980s.  Smart’s exact assignment, as well as the age and gender of the victim have not been made public.

In January 2019, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that its internal review board determined that the 2017 allegation was “credible and substantiated.”  Presumably, Smart will now accept a life of “supervised prayer and penance” in lieu of involuntary laicization, and live his remaining days in a retirement home for priests.

Smart is 74 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 area 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.

Fr. John F. Meyers – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John F. Meyers

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1983

Suspended: 2018

Found unsuitable for ministry: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Saint Michael Parish, Philadelphia (1983-1984)
  • Saint Joseph Parish, Aston (1984-1985)
  • Saint Gabriel Parish, Norwood (1985-1988)
  • Archbishop Prendergast High School, Drexel Hill (1988)
  • Saint John Bosco Parish, Hatboro (1988-1990)
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia (1990-1992)
  • Saint Mark Parish, Bristol (1992-1993)
  • Saint Philomena Parish, Lansdowne (1993-1997)
  • Saint Dominic Parish, Philadelphia (1997-1999)
  • Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Chester (1999-2000)
  • Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry for Bucks County (2000-2005)
  • Saint Mark Parish, Bristol (2003)
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Philadelphia (2005-2011)
  • Saint Martin of Tours Parish, Philadelphia (2011-2017)
  • Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Ambler (2017)
  • Malvern Retreat House (2017-2018)
  • placed on administrative leave and priestly faculties restricted (2018)
  • found unsuitable for ministry (2019)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John F. Meyers:

Father John F. Meyers was removed from his position at the Malvern Retreat house in 2018 following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor child.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has provided the public with very little information about the allegation, except to say that the misconduct allegedly occurred in the early 1980s.  His exact assignment, and additional details such as the age/gender of the victim, have not been provided.

In January 2019, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that its internal review board had completed its investigation into the allegations and determined that the allegation was “credible and substantiated.”  Therefore, in accordance with its internal policies, Meyers was permanently removed from ministry and his faculties revoked.  According to media reports, his case is now being considered for laicization (removal from the priesthood) by the Vatican.

Meyers was last assigned to the Malvern Retreat House, where other accused priests have also been working in recent years.  In late 2018, a video was posted online of him celebrating mass surrounded by children, despite an edict from the Archbishop that he not work with children while his case was being investigated.

In April 2019, according to news reports, an Internet watchdog group found Meyers working at a charter school in Arizona.  He has since been terminated, according to his former employer, Rose Management. Company officials have refused to say if they knew of Meyers’ history of abuse allegations before he was hired or not.

 

 

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 area 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.

Fr. Peter Dunne – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Peter J. Dunne

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1954

Inpatient treatment: 1986-1987, 1989, 1993

Leave of Absence: 1994-1995

Retired: 1995

Permanently restricted: 2005

Died: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1954-1958 St. Ursula (Bethlehem, PA)
  • 1958-1958 St. Malachy (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1958-1971 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1966-1971 Chaplain, Boy Scouts of America
  • 1968-1967 St. Bartholomew (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1966-1974 Camp Neumann
  • 1971-1974 Archbishop Wood Girls High School
  • 1972-1974 Asst. Chaplain, Committee on Scouting
  • 1973-1983 St. Francis Vocational School
  • 1977-1983 Asst. Chaplain, Committee on Scouting
  • 1981-1983 Chaplain, Woodhaven East State School & Hospital
  • 1981-1983 Chaplain, Philadelphia State Hospital
  • 1982-1983 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Bensalem, PA)
  • 1983-1986 Sacred Heart (Oxford, PA)
  • 1986-1987 Leave of Absence
  • 1987-1990 Nativity  (Warminster, PA)
  • 1990-1994 Visitation B.V.M. (Norristown, PA)
  • 1994-1995 Leave of Absence

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Peter Dunne:

Father Peter Dunne worked as a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for four decades despite the fact that he was diagnosed as “an untreatable pedophile” multiple times, according to the 2005 grand jury report.  He ultimately retired as a priest in good standing in 1995, nine years after the first allegation against him was made. 

All of the following information was part of the 19-page case study prepared by the grand jury:

  • THE FIRST REPORT OF ABUSE BY DUNNE COMES IN 1986; HE ADMITS TO SOME SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH BOYS

In 1986, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received information that Dunne sexually abused a young boy for several years in the late 1950s. The boy was 13 when the abuse began.  The report came by way of a letter from a parish priest in Oregon who was the pastor of the now-adult victim. The letter, addressed to the Philadelphia Chancellor, asked the Archdiocese to “look into the priest’s activities to ascertain that he is not hurting other young people.”  The Chancellor wrote back and asked the victim to prepare a written statement of his allegations.

According to the man’s statement, the abuse began after he told Dunne in the confessional that he thought he might be attracted to other boys.  Shortly thereafter, Dunne began to take the boy on camping trips and to a cabin that Dunne owned. The abuse continued until the boy was 17. By the time he was 18, the boy was an Eagle Scout molesting boys himself.  As an adult, he molested his own son and also lost his license to practice medicine for molesting boys who were his patients.

Because the man kept in contact with Dunne into his adulthood, he was able to provide the Archdiocese with the names of several other victims of Dunne, including one who was a student at the school for troubled boys that Dunne ran in the late 1970s.  He also told of “many more boys whom Fr. Dunne seemed to be grooming for sexual relations.”

In his statement, as well as a letter from his attorney, the man asked for Dunne to be removed from ministry so that he did not hurt any more children.  

Dunne was confronted with the allegations, but not the name of his accuser. He admitted that it could possibly be two former altar boys, and named them both. One of the boys he named was his accuser.  He also admitted to swimming nude with boys, as well as sharing a sleeping bag with boys (plural) while they were both naked. He also told the Archdiocese that, at the time of the “interview,” he had two young men – ages 20 and 21 – residing at the Sacred Heart rectory with him.  They were both his students at St. Francis Vocational School, the same school for troubled boys where the accuser said Dunne molested at least one boy. As it turns out, one of the men was the boy that the accuser had named. Dunne admitted that he shared a bed and engaged in some limited sexual activity with one of them, but denied any sexual intercourse or any contact when the man was a minor.  The Chancellor ordered the men to move out.

The response to the accusation came from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia attorney.  The Archdiocese planned to do nothing in response to the allegation. The victim’s attorney was told that he should advise his client not to pursue the allegation because to do so would “undoubtedly cause considerable discomfort in light of his activity since obtaining maturity.”  The thinly-veiled threat did not work; the accuser’s lawyer responded with his own threat of litigation.

  • A SECOND ALLEGATION IS MADE DURING THE INVESTIGATION – THIS TIME FROM A MAN LIVING AT THE SACRED HEART RECTORY THAT WAS ABUSED AS A TROUBLED TEEN BOY- AND DUNNE HAS HIS FIRST PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION

The Archdiocese’s attorney interviewed the St. Francis Vocational School student who was living in the rectory eight months after the original complaint was made.  During that interview, the man reported that he had been having sexual contact with Dunne since he was 15 years old. The first incident occurred on a trip to Boys Town in Nebraska, where Dunne was taking him to live.  He abused the boy and then, ironically, told him to call the 1986 complainant, who was living in Iowa, if he needed anything.

Dunne resigned his pastorate in early December 1986 and underwent an inpatient evaluation at St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in Downingtown, Pennsylvania (and in the confines of the Archdiocese).  He offered to pay a settlement to the Oregon victim to save the Archdiocese the embarrassment of litigation. He ended up paying $40,000.00 to the man in exchange for a total release of all claims against himself and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as well as total confidentiality.  The man could never again tell anyone about his allegations.

Dunne stayed at SJV for nine months.  Not long after his arrival, he no longer denied that he often had sex with young boys once at SJV.  Instead, he said he had a ‘block’ of some sort that prevented him from remembering having sex with anyone.  Upon his discharge, his treaters told the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that he should not be returned to any type of ministry that would have him in contact with children or adolescents.  They recommended assignment to “a residence with someone who will assume responsibility for his whereabouts on a twenty-four hour per day basis.”  

Cardinal Krol ignored that advice and assigned Dunne to Nativity in Warminster without restriction.  The Archdiocese never told his new pastor about Dunne’s past, or that there were any restrictions on his ministry.      

In June 1988, four months after he assumed leadership of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua was given a thorough summary of Dunne’s history by the Chancellor, prompted by a request from Dunne to meet with Bevilacqua.  Bevilacqua responded to the Chancellor by thanking him for the “good report,” but took no action to limit Dunne’s ministry. He did not respond to Dunne’s request for a meeting.

By the time he received that memo, Dunne’s own therapist had given the Chancellor repeated warnings that Dunne was not complying with his aftercare program.  He was not attending his therapy sessions and he was, therefore, “unsuitable as a candidate for treatment.” The therapist called on the Chancellor to remove Dunne from ministry and put him in a supervised living facility that provided 24 hour supervision.  Nothing was done despite months of similar pleas from the therapist.

  • THE NEW CARDINAL THINKS HE KNOWS MORE THAN TREATMENT PROFESSIONALS AND ORDERS DUNNE’S THERAPIST TO DISCONTINUE HIS AFTERCARE; A SECOND EVALUATION IS PERFORMED AND IGNORED

Several months later, the Chancellor implored the Cardinal to meet with Dunne, who was now said to be bragging quite publicly about how he had “beaten the system.”  Bevilacqua, who fancied himself an expert on treating pedophile priests after all the ones he had protected as a bishop, took issue with the nature and extent of the aftercare recommendations, but told Dunne that he had to comply with them for the time being.  That would have been a better directive eight months earlier, when he arrived and was first told that Dunne was non-compliant, of course.

In November 1988, Cardinal Bevilacqua asked the aftercare supervisor (who was employed by the Church-affiliated St. John Vianney) if any “accommodations” or modifications could be made to Dunne’s aftercare to make it more convenient for the priest. The therapist agreed to the accommodations.  According to the grand jury, “these ‘accommodations’… in effect ended the aftercare program” for Dunne. Specifically, the individual therapy was discontinued as “ineffective,” and Dunne was released from attending group sessions. Dunne would be re-evaluated at Southdown Institute, another notorious pedophile priest treatment center, in Toronto a few months later. Until then, his living and working arrangements remained unchanged.  

According to the grand jury report, the Southdown evaluation yielded recommendations very similar to those made by St. John Vianney:  (1) Dunne should never be in contact with young people, (2) Dunne should continue individual and group therapy indefinitely, and (3) Dunne should find “a very strong spiritual director.”  The report also noted that Dunne clearly minimized his sexual contact with minors (and others) and that his “lifestyle shows evidence that the situations of inappropriate behavior could be beyond what we already know of Father’s conduct,” blatantly stating that Dunne’s misconduct was likely far more serious than anyone realized.    

For the second time, Bevilacqua ignored professional recommendations.  Dunne remained assigned to two parishes with unrestricted faculties for four more years.  

  • DUNNE’S THERAPIST DIAGNOSES HIM AS AN INCURABLE PEDOPHILE IN 1989 BUT DUNNE REMAINS IN MINISTRY

In the months that followed the Southdown evaluation and warnings, Dunne’s St. John Vianney began writing the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with new and repeated warnings about Dunne’s danger to children.  In February 1989, about a month after Dunne was discharged from Southdown, the SJV called the Archdiocese very concerned about Dunne’s ministry – and saying outright that Dunne was a pedophile. According to an internal Archdiocese memo:

Peter Dunne February 1989 memo

In May 1989, the doctor in charge of Dunne’s group therapy portion of the aftercare program wrote the the Chancellor to report that Dunne never reported for therapy as directed. He blatantly stated, “I believe that he is quite likely acting out sexually and needs to have firm limits set on his behavior.”  In August 1989, he wrote again to say that he still had not heard from Dunne, seven months after he was supposed to make contact.

That same month, the individual therapist wrote again, this time outlining all of the reasons he had diagnosed Dunne as an incurable pedophile who was highly likely to re-offend.  He once again recommended removing Dunne from ministry immediately, reminding the Archdiocese that it, as well as countless children, remained at risk.

In September 1989, the Archdiocese learned from the Nativity pastor that Dunne had taken a group of adolescent boys on a three-week long camping trip.  

The pleas from professionals continued well into 1990, and Bevilacqua continued to ignore them.

  • DUNNE IS TRANSFERRED TO THE PARISH RUN BY HIS CONFESSOR, WHO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TELL BEVILACQUA ABOUT ANY SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BY DESIGN

After months of the Nativity pastor asking to have Dunne removed, Dunne himself requested a transfer in June 1990.  Bevilacqua ignored all advice one again and assigned Dunne to Visitation B.V.M. Not so coincidentally, the pastor was Dunne’s spiritual advisor and confessor.  Suddenly, Dunne’s pastor was also a man who would be extremely limited in what he could say about Dunne’s misconduct – the seal of the confessional would prevent disclosure to anyone, including Bevilacqua.  Perhaps by design, Bevilacqua could now legitimately claim ignorance of Dunne’s misdeeds.

By October 1990, Dunne stopped going to therapy, believing it was not necessary anymore.  

A year later, in November 1991, after there had been no after-care for more than a year, the Chancellor suggested having Dunne re-evaluated.  Nothing was done.

In May 1992, during a report on his activities, Dunne mentioned how much he enjoyed conducting the children’s liturgies and helping in the grammar school at Visitation.  In a meme to the Cardinal, the Chancellor reported that Dunne was doing well and should remain in his assignment at Visitation.

  • THE FAMILY OF THE 1986 COMPLAINANT DOES NOT GIVE UP AND THREATENS A PUBLIC SCANDAL

In 1992, the 1986 accuser’s mother wrote to the Archdiocese.  Her son, who was still married with five children, was destitute and needed help to enroll in an intensive inpatient treatment program in hopes of getting his medical license back.  She requested $30,000.00 from the Archdiocese to pay for the program. Bevilacqua responded by sending her a copy of the signed settlement release her son had signed and reminded her of his confidentiality requirement.  Eventually, the Archdiocese sent the man $10,000.00.

The man’s mother and wife continued to write to the Archdiocese in the months that followed, asking for more money and providing an accounting of more than $500,000.00 worth of debt that they said was directly attributable to his abuse, such as therapy and treatment costs, as well as the legal bills relating to the loss of his medical license and criminal investigation into his own molestation of his patients.  

In early 1993, the man himself wrote to the Archdiocese with additional revelations about Dunne.  Specifically, he told them that Dunne routinely abused boys that he brought to Boys Town in Nebraska.  At the time, the victim was residing in Iowa, not far way, and had an experience with at least one of the boys – as they drove along in his car, the man said, the boy “seduced” him.  “I asked him why he was doing this and he boyishly said, ‘father does this all the time; I bet he did it to you.’” So now, not only had Dunne, a diagnosed pedophile, abused troubled boys headed for Boys Town – he also farmed them out to another victim to be abused again.  When the accuser said he was contemplating going public with his abuse by Dunne to explain why he himself ended up hurting children, the Archdiocese suddenly found money to pay for his inpatient therapy and treatment after all.

  • DUNNE, WHO IS STILL IN ACTIVE MINISTRY, UNDERGOES A THIRD PSYCH EVAL AND IS AGAIN DIAGNOSED AS A DANGEROUS PEDOPHILE

Later in 1993, the man retained a new lawyer.  While his treatment was paid for, he still had hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that needed to be paid.  His new lawyer told the new Secretary for Clergy, Msgr. William Lynn, that they planned to file a lawsuit. Upon reviewing the file, he saw the ignored 1991 recommendation that Dunne be re-evaluated.  That seemed like a good idea and Dunne was ordered to undergo a third evaluation at St. John Vianney in late 1993. According to the grand jury report, Lynn provided incomplete and wholly inaccurate information about Dunne’s history in the referral paperwork.  For example, Lynn told the facility that Dunne was totally supervised and had no contact with children. He knew from his review of the file that was a blatant lie.

In November 1993, after a four day evaluation, Dunne was again diagnosed as a pedophile who also had narcissistic personality disorder.  Once again, the professionals said he should not have contact with children or adolescents. They also stated outright that Dunne’s confessor should not be his immediate supervisor.  They also stated “emphatically” that Dunne’s request to retire to an unstructured living situation, such as a private residence, was a very, very bad idea.

Bevilacqua put Dunne on administrative leave, but left him with all of his faculties, while the priest pondered his retirement options and the Cardinal’s request that he seek laicization.  He was living in a private residence and had no supervision during this time period. Dunne could continue to act as a priest while he decided his future; he was just without assignment. Despite the SJV evaluation that Dunne not be allowed to live alone, Bevilacqua was now asking him to do that forever.     

In February 1994, Dunne’s spiritual confessor (and former pastor) told Lynn that Dunne was doing well.  He was still celebrating mass and assisting around the parish too.

  • DUNNE RETIRES VOLUNTARILY AS A PRIEST IN GOOD STANDING IN 1995

In May 1994, Dunne finally decided he did not want to be laicized (removed from the priesthood) and asked to retire.  In June 1994, Bevilacqua formed a committee to review the matter of Father Dunne and determine the Archdiocese’s options given Dunne’s refusal to leave the priesthood voluntarily.  His lawyer (who also interviewed the Boys Town victim years earlier) was insisting that Bevilacqua distance the Archdiocese from Dunne for liability reasons.

After considering the options, the group recommended to Bevilacqua that Dunne remain a priest but be stripped of all faculties so that there was no confusion about whether he was acting on behalf of the Archdiocese when he engaged in misconduct.   They reasoned that if Dunne could not act as a priest ever, he could not ever act badly as a priest. Never mind that this option did nothing to protect children. Bevilacqua agreed to the July 1994 recommendations.

However, Dunne still had full faculties and continued to act as an unrestricted priest well into 1995 due to an undefined “impediment.”  In fact, Dunne was the one who asked to retire from ministry in January 1995. For reasons that are not clear, Bevilacqua did not grant the request until more than eight months later.  Dunne officially retired as a priest in good standing in September 1995, nine years after the first victim contacted the Archdiocese.

On the other hand, in the summer of 1994, Lynn told the 1986 complainant, his wife, and his mother, that the would no longer take their phone calls or read their letters.  The Archdiocese had done more than enough for them, he told them. As the grand jury pointed out, they did not have the luxury of being able to retire from the effects of the man’s abuse.  

  • DUNNE’S MINISTRY IS FINALLY RESTRICTED IN 2004, NEARLY 20 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST ALLEGATION IS MADE

In 2004, Cardinal Justin Rigali threatened several priests with canonical trials to have them involuntarily laicized so that the Archdiocese would no longer be liable for them, including Dunne.  Like many others, in October 2004, Dunne accepted an agreement that he would remain a priest, but have no faculties and live a life of “supervised prayer and penance.” He lived out his remaining days in Villa St. Joseph with other accused priests who accepted the same deal.

Dunne died in 2010.

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 area 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.

 

Msgr. Leonard Furmanski – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Monsignor Leonard Furmanski

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1959

Suspended: 2003

Retired (voluntarily) 2004

Permanently restricted: 2004

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959-1960 St. Joseph (Spring City, PA)
  • 1960 St. Christopher (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1960-1964 Archbishop Kennedy High School
  • 1960-1964 St. Mary (Conshohocken, PA)
  • 1964-1975 Cardinal O’Hara High School
  • 1964-1970 St. Joseph (Aston, PA)
  • 1970-1975 Sacred Heart (Clifton Heights, PA)
  • 1975-1977 Archbishop Kennedy High School
  • 1975-1977 St. Mary’s Villa  (Ambler, PA — a home for children waiting to be adopted)
  • 1977-1989 Sacred Heart (Swedesburg, PA)
  • 1981-1983 St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • 1989-1991 St. Martin of Tours (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1991-1995 St. Titus (Norristown, PA)
  • 1995-1998 St. Josaphat (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1998-1999 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Bensalem, PA)
  • 1999-2003 Chaplain, Nazareth Hospital

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Leonard Furmanski:

According to the grand jury report, in early 2002, a man wrote to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to report that he was sexually abused by his algebra teacher and then later, Monsignor Leonard Furmanski, at Cardinal O’Hara High School.  

  • FURMANSKI IS ACCUSED OF ABUSING A RAPE VICTIM AT CARDINAL O’HARA HIGH SCHOOL IN 1964

Three and a half months later, Msgr. William Lynn made time to meet with the man.  He reported that during his freshman year (1964-1965), the 6’6” 375-pound algebra teacher asked him to stay after school.  The teacher brought the boy to the cafeteria, gave him a soda, and asked him about why he was struggling in class. The boy revealed problems at home between his parents.  The teacher ended their impromptu counseling session by bending the boy over a chair and raping him. The abuse continued throughout the school year. Sometimes, the teacher even bound his hands with a belt.

The boy confided in his religion teacher, Msgr. Furmanski, because he felt he could not tell his parents.  According to the man, Furmanski responded by groping the boy’s penis and asking if that is what the teacher did to him. His touch was not violent, and the priest told the boy that he loved him, so it was okay.  The boy began helping in the school bookstore that Furmanski ran; the fondling and, eventually masturabation of the priest, occurred several times a week. Then, suddenly, one day Furmanski told the boy that he had been replaced by other boys.

  • FURMANSKI IS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING A 7TH GRADE GIRL (AND, LATER, A BOY) AT SACRED HEART IN 1977

During the grand jury investigation, a woman told investigators that she was sexually abused by Furman in 1977 at Sacred Heart in Swedesburg.  She was in sixth grade. She became active in the parish youth group that Furmanski started for girls, and he asked her to help him around the rectory with some clerical work. He knew she was from a broken home, where she had only a sick mother and no father.  He also knew that she felt honored about being asked to help the popular priest, and that it gave her a certain status among her peers that she would not have given her family background.

Furmanski took it upon himself to teach the girl about sex, even using a manual with photos of male and female anatomy.  He explained that the penis was only supposed to go into the vagina and should not be put anywhere else. The conversations got more and more graphic over time, but she trusted him because he was the priest.

In 7th grade, Furmanski began using his own body to demonstrate his lessons, telling her she needed to feel what an erection felt like.  That gave way to him lying on top of her, still clothed, and grinding his penis against her pelvis. She told the grand jury this “dry humping” happened several times a month for two more years.  He told her that she could tell no one about it because he would tell everyone that she seduced him.

About 18 months into the abuse, Furmanski brought her into the rectory living room and introduced her to one of the altar boys in the parish.  He directed her to sit next to the boy, who proceeded to kiss and touch her all over her body, including her vaginal area. Furmanski directed their moments and reminded her that he had prepared her for this. These “encounters” occurred several more times, and Furmanski watched them secretly because he would comment on the incidents in ways that made it obvious he watched them.   When Furmanski began trying to get her to have sex with the boy, she refused but she was terrified because Furmanski would yell at her. 

One day, near the end of 8th grade, Regina began to scream while Furmanski lay on top of her.  She said she would scream until someone heard her if he did not get off her. Furmanski stood up and Regina walked out, never to return.  Furmanski continued to pursue her, even calling her house, but Regina avoided him. Once she started high school, she had very little contact with him.

  • FURMANSKI IS ACCUSED OF ABUSING MULTIPLE ALTAR BOYS AT SACRED HEART IN THE 1980S

In September 2003, a therapist contacted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to report that her client was sexually abused by Furmanski at Sacred Heart in the early 1980s.  Furmanski had taken him to the rectory, shown him pornography, and then forced the child to perform oral sex on him.

When confronted with the allegation in October 2003, Furmanski admitted to fondling “boys” (plural) at Sacred Heart in the 1980s.  Why no one ever thought to ask Furmanski about the 2002 allegations that he abused a rape victim is not clear.

  • FURMANSKI IS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING AN 11 YEAR OLD BOY IN 1998 AT ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON

In 1999, three years before the Cardinal O’Hara rape victim came forward, the mother of an 11 year old altar boy at St. Elizabeth met with Msgr. William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy, and told him that Furmanski was acting “inappropriately” with her son.  Lynn’s notes do not detail what he meant by “inappropriately.” However, according to what the boy had told a counselor at Catholic Social Services, Furmanski often made the boy “massage” him several times. Lynn called the counselor himself; whatever she told him about the boy’s statements made Lynn write in his notes that it was “abuse w/one of priests.”  She also found it important that the boy told her about the massage when asked a direct question about sexual abuse; that meant that whatever happened, the boy considered it sexual and abuse, not an innocent massage. He was also feeling very guilty because the priest told him that he could never tell anyone about the massages.

When asked about the allegation, Furmanski admitted to having the boy massage him multiple times.  

Cardinal Bevilacqua was made aware of the allegation, as well as Furmanski’s admission.  Furmanski was removed from the parish and sent for a 10 day evaluation at St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Of course, as per his standard modus operandi, Lynn failed to provide the treatment professionals with a complete picture of Furmanski’s history.  Not surprisingly, Furmanski was discharged with a report that he was not a danger to minors – he had committed a mere “boundary violation” – and the mother was informed that Furmanski would be returned to the parish.

According to documents reviewed by the grand jury, the mother was irate and “clearly stated that, if Msgr. Furmanski did not leave the parish, she would do whatever was necessary, including informing parishioners and teachers about the incidents or going to other authorities to see that he was removed.” Under the threat of public scandal, the Cardinal suddenly changed his mind.  Furmanski was told to resign from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and he did in mid-August 1999. He was assured by Lynn that he could still be considered for a pastorate in the future.

  • ARCHDIOCESE LAWYERS INTIMIDATE AND THREATEN A VICTIM AND HIS FAMILY TO GET HIM TO RETRACT HIS ALLEGATION

When the Cardinal O’Hara victim came forward in 2002, Furmanski was still in ministry.  Following those allegations, Furmanski was sent for a second evaluation at St. John Vianney.  Again, he was given a clean bill of health and the report indicated that his evaluators found no evidence that he abused the man, particularly since, according to them, there were no other allegations against Furmanski.  The 1999 “massage” allegations were discounted as poor judgment in boundaries.

Furmanski remained in ministry and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia ignored the obvious implications of the two reports received three years apart:  Furmanski began abusing kids more than 30 years before and was likely still abusing them as recently as 1999, if not beyond.

In 2003, a lawyer for the Archdiocese contacted the Cardinal O’Hara victim, purportedly to get a statement.  He then accused the man of lying for money, despite the fact that the man had never even contacted a lawyer himself.  He then told the victim that he knew about a criminal conviction against the victim for mismanaging escrow funds as an insurance adjuster, and that the lawyer would use it to prove he was a liar.  According to the grand jury, the lawyer then called the man’s wife to ask if her employer – the county court system – knew her husband was a convicted criminal. He then suggested to the wife that if the man pursued his allegation against Furmanski, he would make sure that her employer found out about it. The man would later tell the grand jury that he never had any intention of suing the Archdiocese – he only wanted him out of ministry.

It would later be revealed that the same lawyer obtained Furmanski’s confession to abusing boys at Sacred Heart.  Lynn’s notes indicate that the lawyer immediately terminated the interview and did not press for details.

The rest of the interview was later conducted by a Chancery official. By that time, Furmanski backed off his original statement said he thought he may have fondled one boy in the 1980s.  He denied touching more than one boy ever.

What is not entirely clear from the grand jury report is why the Archdiocese had such a deliberately confrontational response to this man’s allegations.  In early 2002, as the depth of the scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston was becoming regular national news, Cardinal Justin Rigali suspended several priests who had previously been accused of sexual abuse, including ‘boundary violations.’  There is no obvious reason in the record why Furmanski was allowed to remain in ministry, particularly given the recentness of his alleged misconduct.  The response in this matter raises more questions than it answers.

  • FURMANSKI IS SENT FOR A THIRD PSYCH EVALUATION IN LATE 2003 BEFORE FINALLY BEING RETIRING FROM MINISTRY VOLUNTARILY

In October 2003, after his interview with the lawyer and the Chancery official, Furmanski was sent back for a third dog-and-pony-show at St. John Vianney.  He would stay there for three months.

Two months later, in December 2003, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board finally recommended that Furmanski be removed from ministry for violating the Church’s Essential Norms prohibiting sexual abuse of a minor.  

On January 31, 2004, Furmanski was discharged from St. John Vianney.  He was permitted to retire voluntarily, and went to live in his home on the Jersey Shore.

In late 2004, as the Archdiocese prepared to submit the files of several accused priests to the Vatican to request involuntary laicization, Furmanski agreed to forgo the canonical process and live a “supervised life of prayer and penance.”  

Furmanski resided at Villa St. Joseph with other accused priests until his death in 2009.

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 area 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.

 

Fr. Francis J. Gallagher – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Francis J. Gallagher

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1973

Arrested: 1989

Inpatient treatment: 1989-1990

Reassigned to ministry: 1991

Suspended: 2002

Laicized (removed from priesthood): 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1976 St. Katharine of Siena (Wayne, PA)
  • 1976 St. Henry (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976-1989 Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA)
  • 1976-1989 St. John Chrysostom (Wallingford, PA)
  • 1989 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1989-1991 Leave of Absence/Inpatient treatment
  • 1989-1991 Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA) (in res.)
  • 1990-1991 St. Cecilia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1991-2000 Immaculate Conception (Jenkintown, PA)
  • 2000-2002 Mary, Mother of the Redeemer (North Wales, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Gallagher:

Father Francis Gallagher was arrested in December 1989 in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, for soliciting sex with two young men, ages 18 and 20.  When he was sent for inpatient treatment following his arrest, he admitted to sexually abusing two adolescent brothers. Yet he was returned to ministry when a team of treatment professionals at St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said he was not a danger to minors. The handling of his case was examined in greater detail by the 2005 grand jury.

The New Jersey arrest occurred less than three months after Gallagher began teaching at Cardinal Dougherty High School, and two weeks after he abruptly resigned that position.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia learned of the arrest a week later when a news reporter called for comment. Gallagher told them nothing.

  • GALLAGHER UNDERGOES INPATIENT TREATMENT AT TWO NOTORIOUS CHURCH-AFFILIATED FACILITIES FOR PEDOPHILE PRIESTS

Gallagher was ordered by the Cardinal to report to St. John Vianney Hospital for a psychological evaluation.  A little more than a month later, he was transferred to another notorious pedophile priest treatment center, St. Luke Institute, in Suitland, Maryland.  He remained in treatment for eight more months. During the course of his evaluation and treatment, he was required to give a sexual history, during which he admitted to enaging in sexual misconduct with two teenage brothers.

In February 1990, while Gallagher was still at St. Luke, his attorney negotiated a deal to have the criminal charges against him dropped, and ultimately expunged, so long as he completed the St. Luke Institute treatment program.  When Gallagher was discharged in October 1990, he reported to Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, a makeshift “halfway house” where other priests “recovering” from various afflictions and doing aftercare were living, including other priests accused of sexual misconduct. He also assisted at St. Cecilia’s part-time, despite the fact that it had a grammar school.       

  • GALLAGHER IS RETURNED TO FULL-TIME, UNRESTRICTED MINISTRY AT IMMACULATE CONCEPTION IN JENKINTOWN DESPITE ADMITTING TO MOLESTING TEEN BOYS

In May 1991, Cardinal Bevilacqua returned Gallagher to full-time ministry at Immaculate Conception in Jenkintown.  Four days after the transfer became effective, Bevilacqua wrote in his own hand that he was concerned” about the Immaculate Conception assignment after reading that Gallagher admitted to molesting the two brothers.  However, he was not concerned enough to do anything, and Gallagher remained at IC for nine years, unrestricted. He had total access to the students at the grammar school, the altar boys, etc. There is also no indication that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia made any attempt to contact the boys’ parents.

The only consideration given to removing Gallagher from IC came in 1993 – when it was suggested that he be moved to a parish with MORE families than IC.  In 1996, he was asked to interview for another parish and, during his interview, he – Gallagher himself – “reminded” them of his arrest and thought that an assignment in Delaware County “would not be prudent” for reasons that were not made clear in the grand jury report.

  • MSGR. WILLIAM LYNN INCLUDES GALLAGHER ON HIS SECRET 1994 MEMO

Gallagher’s name appeared on a secret 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 summary nature of his descriptions Lynn wrote, “only basic information is contained in this report so as not to have too much in writing on this matter.”  Gallagher’s name appears in the section labeled “Guilty of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.” According to the summary, Gallagher had issues with alcoholism and “solicitation of adult males” (plural), and also admitted to mutual masturbation with “two adolescent boys with whose family Father had a personal friendship.”  He makes no mention of the priest’s arrest, except to note “no complaints ever filed.”

Five years after he wrote that memo in which he personally deemed that Gallagher was guilty of sexual misconduct with minors, Lynn authored another memo about a meeting with Gallagher.  In 1999, when the Chancery decided to reduce the size of the ministry team at IC, Gallagher asked Lynn if he could be considered for a pastorate. According to his notes, Lynn did not say “no.”  Instead, he wrote that he recalled Gallagher “had some kind of difficulty with sexually acting out,” as if it were a minor medical condition with no consequence. Lynn also recorded that Gallagher “said it would be best for him to stay away from Cardinal O’Hara territory,” referring to the high school where Gallagher taught from 1976-1989.  Gallagher reminded Lynn about the two brothers he molested. Fortunately for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Gallagher was quick to remind them of his misdeeds so as to avoid scandal, since no one else seemed to remember them, even when they saw evidence with their own eyes.

Nine months later, in early 2000, Lynn told Gallagher he would not be a candidate for a pastorate given his past admissions.  He was instead appointed to Mary, Mother of the Redeemer in North Wales. Again, his ministry in the parish and the grammar school were unrestricted.

  • GALLAGHER IS FINALLY SUSPENDED AS THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON SCANDAL BECOMES NATIONAL NEWS

Finally, in early 2002, as the depth of the public scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston was becoming regular national news, Cardinal Bevilacqua suddenly suspended several priests for allegations of sexual abuse, including Gallagher.  Bevilacqua asked Gallagher to petition for laicization (removal from the priesthood). Shockingly, Lynn suggested to Gallagher that he look into becoming a teacher, given his prior experience at Cardinal O’Hara and Cardinal Dougherty High Schools.  After all, he would have a clean criminal background check since police were never told about the two brothers he abused and the solicitation arrest had been expunged.

Gallagher is believed to be alive but his whereabouts are unknown.  He is 78 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.

Fr. Joseph P. Gallagher – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Joseph P. Gallagher

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1947

Leave of Absence: 1974, 1987, 2002-2005

Left ministry: 1974, 1986

Inpatient Treatment: 1987, 1987, 1996-1997

Suspended from ministry: 2002

Permanently restricted: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1974 St. Monica (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1974 Leave of Absence
  • 1974 St. Joseph (Aston, PA)
  • 1974-1980 Left Active Ministry
  • 1980-1985 St. Aloysius (Pottstown, PA)
  • 1985-1986 St. Matthias (Bala Cynwyd, PA)
  • 1986 Assumption B.V.M. (Feasterville, PA)
  • 1986-1987 Left Active Ministry
  • 1987 Leave of Absence
  • 1987-1996 St. Agnes (West Chester, PA)
  • 1996-1997 Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1997-2001 St. Madeline (Ridley Park, PA)
  • 2001-2002 Chaplain, Holy Redeemer Health Systems

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph P. Gallagher:

Father Joseph P. Gallagher was first publicly identified in the 2005 grand jury report.  According to the catalog of allegations attached to the report, in 1974, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received information that Gallagher was molested (or had recently molested) a 12 year old boy at St. Monica parish.  He was removed from ministry and sent for an inpatient evaluation at an undisclosed location. He was then reassigned to St. Joseph in Aston later that year.

No additional action was taken against Gallagher until early 2002, when the depth of the public scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston was becoming regular national news. In March and April 2002, Cardinal Justin Rigali suddenly suspended several accused priests from active ministry, including Gallagher. In 2004, Gallagher agreed to surrender his remaining priestly faculties and accept a life of “supervised prayer and penance,” rather than defend himself in a canonical trial to remove him from the priesthood (involuntary laicization).

Gallagher now resides at Villa St. Joseph retirement home with other priests living “supervised lives of prayer and penance.”  The level of his supervision and his typical daily activities are unknown. He is 71 years old.

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Fr. Joseph J. Gallagher – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Joseph J. Gallagher

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1963

Retired: 2007

Faculties suspended: 2011

Permanently removed: 2013

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1965 Assumption B.V.M. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1965-1970 Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1970-1974 St. Michael (Chester, PA)
  • 1974-1979 Ascension of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1979-1983 St. Monica (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1983-1990 St. Mark (Bristol, PA)
  • 1990-2007 St. Richard (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph J. Gallagher:

Father Joseph J. Gallagher was one of 21 priests suspended by Cardinal Justin Rigali following the release of the 2011 grand jury report, which identified more than 30 priests in active ministry despite allegations of sexual abuse in their personnel files.  While no details were provided about the allegations that caused Gallagher’s removal from ministry, he would later be named in multiple civil lawsuits.

In 2006, a 44 year old man reported to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that he was sexually abused by Gallagher on a school trip “in 1968 or 1969.”  Gallagher also asked him graphic questions about masturbation during his confessions. After very little investigation, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board deemed the allegation “unsubstantiated” because Gallagher was not assigned to the victim’s parish until 1970.  As the grand jury pointed out, the finding was not made based upon evidence that the abuse did not happen, but rather upon a discrepancy that could have amounted to mere months because the victim could not remember if he was 7 or 8 years old at the time it occurred.

In October 2007, a second young man reported to Archdiocese of Philadelphia officials that he was sexually abused by Gallagher at St. Mark in Bristol during the 1970s.  He was an altar server at the time and was able to provide the Archdiocese with the names of other altar servers that he believed may also have been victims. He reported that Gallagher repeatedly fondled him after confession – during which Gallagher would ask him graphic questions about masturbation.  All told, the victim gave five separate interviews to Archdiocese investigators, and consistently told the same version of events each time. When the investigator questioned the other altar boys, they corroborated many of the details, including Gallagher’s predilection for asking about their masturbation habits.  Another refused an interview but did tell investigators there were definitely “improper relationships between Father Gallagher and St. Mark’s students.” Another confirmed that he had accompanied Gallagher and the accuser to Gallagher’s mother’s house, where the accuser said he was molested the first time.

When confronted, Gallagher denied abusing the boy.  He also denied hearing confessions in locations where multiple people said he did, such as the church sacristy.  By the end of his interview, he was giving vague answers; rather than deny allegations, he would say he couldn’t remember one way or the other.

Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, as well as its similarities to the first allegation, the review board determined that this second allegation was unsubstantiated – there was no evidence to suggest the abuse occurred, according to the review board.  Gallagher returned to active ministry in 2008. The review board did not think it was necessary to recommend restricting Gallagher from hearing the confessions of minor children.

In 2009, the 2007 complainant took his own life. His mother asked for a meeting with the St. Mark’s pastor, Father Mooney, through the Archdiocese’s victims assistance coordinator.  She was ignored.

At the time of the release of the 2011 grand jury report, Gallagher was a retired priest in good standing who often did supply work at several parishes.

In August 2013, Archbishop Charles Chaput announced that Gallagher was permanently removed from ministry after the review board found that one or more allegations against him were substantiated.  However, the misconduct did not meet the definition of sexual abuse, but rather “violations of the standards of ministerial behavior and boundaries.” Gallagher’s violations were serious enough that the review board recommended he never return to ministry.

No additional information about those violations was provided to the public, except for a general statement that priests removed for that reason generally had “boundary issues with children.” According to media reports, “Church officials have declined to release details on specific accusations but say boundary issues can include inappropriate talk or contact, sharing alcohol or pornography with minors or other conduct that may be construed as “grooming” a victim.”

The internal review board has never found that an allegation of abuse was substantiated.  Therefore, Gallagher’s name does not appear on its list of accused priests.

Gallagher died in June 2018.  He continued to be a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia until his death, and therefore will be referred to as “Father” or “Reverend” even in death.  His funeral mass was celebrated by retired Aux. Bishop Robert Maginnis, which only underscores how little the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has done to make amends with victims of its misdeeds.

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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 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 William J. Dougherty – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father William J. Dougherty

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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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 J. Dougherty:

According to the 2005 Grand Jury Report, Father William Dougherty 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 William 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 Father William Dougherty was credible. In 2004 his ministry was restricted and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that the Vatican was reviewing laicization. Later in 2004 Father Dougherty’s ministry was further restricted and ultimately Father William Dougherty was laicized in 2006.

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Father John C. Dougherty – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John C. Dougherty

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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 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.  He is shown as Associate Pastor at St. Bartholomew, but no further information was given to the public about the allegations. Father John Dougherty died in 2003.

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Father Michael J. Donofrio – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Michael J. Donofrio

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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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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