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Bishop Michael J. Bransfield – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Bp. Michael Bransfield Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Ordained As Bishop: 2005

Accused in sworn testimony: 2012

Resigned: 2018

Assigned in Archdiocese of Philadelphia as follows:

  • 1971-1973 St. Albert the Great (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
  • 1973-1979 St. Stanislaus (Lansdale, PA)
  • 1973-1979 Lansdale Catholic High School (Lansdale, PA)
  • 1979-1990 National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC)
  • 1990-2005 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC)
  • 2003-2005 Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
  • 2003-2005 U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (Washington, DC)
  • 2003-2005 Knights of Columbus (Washington, DC)
  • 2003-2005 Knights of the Holy Sepulchre (Washington, DC)
  • 2003-2005 Papal Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2003-2005 St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Bishop Michael Bransfield:

According to media reports, Bishop Bransfield was named as an abuser of boys in the 2012 testimony of one witness during the trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the former Secretary of Clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Another witness testified Bransfield had a lewd conversation with him. Both men were testifying about abuse by Father Stanley Gana. The Prosecutor also said that Bransfield had been accused in a separate instance of fondling a minor in the 1970s.

Bransfield denied the allegations. He then resigned in September 2018 after Pope Francis ordered an investigation into allegations that Bransfield sexually harassed adults.

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Father John F. Bowe – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John F. Bowe

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John Bowe

Ordained: 1973

Placed on leave: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1977 Saint Agnes (West Chester, PA)
  • 1977-1982 Saint Bridget (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1982 John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School
  • 1982-1987 Blessed Virgin Mary (Darby, PA)
  • 1983-2004 Military Chaplain, Pennsylvania National Guard
  • 1987-1989 Holy Martyrs (Oreland, PA)
  • 1989-2005 Saint Agnes (Sellersville, PA)
  • 2005-2011 Saint Joseph (Warrington, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Fr. John F. Bowe:

Father John F. Bowe was one of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese in 2011 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors.  The suspensions came after the publication of the second grand jury report, which identified more than 30 priests in active ministry with allegations of sexual misconduct in their past.

No information was released as to the nature and details of the allegation(s) against Bowe.

According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, he was later found “unsuitable for ministry” in 2012 due to a violation of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.  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.”

Bowe is no longer in active ministry but his current affiliation with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, if any, is unknown.

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Father Michael C. Bolesta – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Michael C. Bolesta

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Michael Bloesta

Ordained: 1989

Reassigned: 1994

suits filed: 2005

Deceased: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1989-1991 SS. Philip/James (Exton, PA)
  • 1991-1992 Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1992-1994 St. Agatha/St. James (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1994-2004 Holy Redeemer Health Systems – Chaplain Office
  • 1994-2004 Residence (Huntingdon Valley, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Father Michael C. Bolesta:

According to the 2005 grand jury report, Bolesta was accused of abusing at least 11 male teenagers ages 16-17 in 1990-1991. He was evaluated at St. Luke’s Institute, a notorious pedophile priest treatment facility, and then reassigned as parochial vicar at Saint Agatha–Saint James in West Philadelphia. Among his pastoral duties was to minister at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania.

According to the report, the boys all experienced similar one-on-one situations with with Father Bolesta – i.e. constant invitations to go swimming, suggestions by the priest that they swim in the nude and shower with him, games of one-on-one basketball in the pool in which they allege that Father Bolesta touched them all over, and pulled towels off them after they showered and throwing them back in the pool nude, and inappropriate conversations about masturbation. Two boys had been asked to try on shorts and shirts in front of the priest in his bedroom. One was told that the clothes were for Father Bolesta’s cousin; the other that they were for the poor. The report alleges that Father Bolesta manipulated the boys into swimming with him even when they did not want to do so. He told one boy that he needed him to work, but when the boy arrived at the church, the priest told him there was no work to do, that they were going swimming. The report also alleges that Father Bolesta offered one boy a ride home after work, then insisted on taking him swimming at the indoor pool of a parishioner who was away. The report states that in both situations the boys protested that they did not want to swim because they did not have their bathing suits and that the priest then tried to get them to swim nude. According to the report, he lured one reluctant boy to swim by telling him that a whole group was going. It ended up being just Father Bolesta. One boy reported that, while standing in the church, Father Bolesta reached between the boy’s legs and grabbed his genitals. Archdiocese memos record that another boy was touched “on his butt” as he fixed an air conditioner. To an adolescent whose mother was in the hospital, Father Bolesta recommended masturbation as a good way to relieve stress.

Father Bolesta was transferred from the parish shortly after the detectives showed up at the church in July 1991. In July 1994 that some Exton parents discovered that Father Bolesta’s new assignment included ministering at Children’s Hospital, and it was not until they complained that action was taken. A father, whose 7th-grade son had been taken swimming by Father Bolesta, called Monsignor Molloy on July 1. He said he was calling on behalf of “parents whose children were in Children’s Hospital (CHOP) and were outraged that Father Bolesta was assigned to a parish responsible for a children’s hospital.” He said he wanted to be able to tell the parents that Father Bolesta would not return to CHOP.

On September 15, 1994, Cardinal Bevilacqua reassigned Father Bolesta to be Chaplain at Holy Redeemer Health System in Huntingdon Valley. Father Bolesta remained in that assignment until January 2, 2004, when he died at the age of 42.

Bolesta’s name was also included on the secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Monsignor James Molloy summarizing sexual abuse allegations kept in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s secret archives.  Bolesta’s name appeared in the section entitled, “Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors with No Conclusive Evidence.”  No details about the allegations were included in the memo. .

However, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board later said that the allegations were credible.

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Father Philip R. Barr – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Philip R. Barr

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Philip Barr

Ordained: 1948

Retired: 1995

Placed on leave: 2011

Suits filed: 2011

Deceased: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1948-1950 All Saints Chapel  (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1950-1952 Our Lady of Grace (Penndel, PA)
  • 1952-1953 Holy Saviour (Linwood, PA)
  • 1953-1956 Saint Patrick (Norristown, PA)
  • 1956-1958 Saint Eugene (Primos, PA)
  • 1958-1962 Our Lady of Fatima (Secane, PA)
  • 1962-1965 Saint James (Elkins Park, PA)
  • 1965-1970 Saint Philip Neri (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1970-1973 Saint James (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1973-1979 Saint Clement (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1979-1995 Saint Edmond (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Father Philip R. Barr:

Father Philip R. Barr was one of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by the Archdiocese in 2011 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors.  The suspensions came after the release of the second grand jury report, which identified more than 30 active priests who had allegations of sexual misconduct in their files.

No information was offered to the general public about the nature of the allegation against Barr.

In May 2012 the Archdiocese’s internal review board found the allegations against Barr to be unsubstantiated, meaning they were not corroborated, and he was returned to active ministry.

He later died in November 2014.

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Father William G. Ayres – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father William G. Ayres

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father William Ayres

Ordained: 1999

Suspended: 2010

Civil lawsuits filed: 2010 & 2011

Assigned as follows:

He has served at the following parishes and offices in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in addition to Saint Michael Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish

  • 199-2002 Incarnation of Our Lord Parish (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2001-2003 Coordinator of the Laotian Apostolate
  • 2002-2003 Saint Katharine Drexel Parish (Chester, PA)
  • 2003-2007 Office for Pastoral Care of Migrants & Refugees

Summary of Allegations Against Father William G. Ayres:

According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Father William Ayres was removed from assignments at two parishes in 2010 after allegations arose that he had molested a minor in the late 1990s while at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. According to their website, Ayres is currently staying at a home for retired priests during the investigation. The civil suit filed in 2011 accuses Ayres of abusing another youth from 1996 through 1999 at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia when Ayres was the seminarian.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  

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Fr. Edward V. Avery – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. Edward V. Avery

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. Edward Avery Fr. Edward Avery

Ordained: 1970

Reassigned: 1993

Placed on leave: 2003

Laicized: 2006

Admitted guilt: 2012 just before trial.

Sentenced to: 2.5 to 5 yrs prison.

New suits filed: 2011 & 2012

Recanted confession: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1972 St. Bernadette (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • 1972-1976 Immaculate Heart of Mary (Chester, PA)
  • 1976-1978 St. Philip Neri (Pennsburg, PA)
  • 1978-1984 St. Agatha/St. James, (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1984-1986 St. Ignatius of Loyola (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1986-1990 St. Dominic (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1990-1993 St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1993 St. John Vianney Center (inpatient treatment)
  • 1993-2003 Nazareth Hospital
  • 1993-2003 St. Jerome (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2003-2006 Leave of Absence

Summary of Allegations Against Fr. Edward Avery:

According to the 2011 Grand Jury report, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had previous knowledge of Avery’s sexual misconduct as early as 1992. After the abuse was reported, Avery was secretly sent to a sexual offender program at St. John Vianney, a notorious pedophile priest treatment facility in the confines of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Avery was discharged from the sex offender program with a recommendation that he have no further contact with adolescents.

Avery was eventually returned to parish ministry at St. Jerome, which also had a grammar school. There he was accused, along with another priest and a teacher, of the sexual abuse of 10-yr- old boy in 1998. The report alleges Avery undressed with the boy, told him that God loved him, and then forced the boy to perform oral sex on him. 

According to the report Avery later raped the boy. During this period, the Archdiocese actually allowed Avery to “adopt” six young Hmong children. Indeed the Archdiocese did not get around to removing Avery from ministry until 2003 – eleven years after the first documented abuse reports and seven years after the rape of the boy.

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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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Sexually abused by a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia? Talk to a lawyer today.

Our law firm is offering free, confidential evaluation of clergy sexual abuse claims involving priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  We have been handling clergy abuse cases for many years. Contact us today at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to find out if you are eligible for compensation.

The facts are clear: the Archdiocese of Philadelphia engaged in the coverup of the sexual abuse of children for decades.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been home to some of the most notorious priests alleged to have committed child sexual abuse in the nation. Thanks to not one but two landmark grand jury reports released in the last 15 years those facts are now coming to light.  Of course, they would not have been possible without the strength and courage of the countless survivors who came forward to call the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to account.

Both the civil lawsuits that have been filed against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the extensive grand jury reports into the practices of the Archdiocese have exposed a culture of sexual abuse, cover-up, and efforts by church to protect the reputation of the Archdiocese at the expense of its most vulnerable: the children in its flock.  The grand jury reports each reveal mountains of evidence of sexual abuse of minors committed by dozens of priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as well as the shocking steps taken by Church leaders to cover up the sexual abuse of children. These findings led to the arrest and eventual conviction of several Church leaders for endangering children for the first time in our nation’s history.

According to the 2011 report, Msgr. William Lynn, who was the Archbishop’s Secretary for Clergy from 1992-2004 and was responsible for investigating allegations of sexual abuse during that time, was particularly culpable.  The Grand Jury stated, “the rapist priests we accuse were well known to the Secretary of the Clergy, but he cloaked their conduct and put them in place to do it again.” Lynn was later convicted of endangerment of a child and sentenced to three to six years in prison.  He testified on his own behalf at his trial, explaining that he reassigned one accused priest to another parish (where the priest abused more kids) because the case “just fell through the cracks.”

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has established a voluntary compensation fund for survivors of sexual abuse in Philadelphia, but you must act soon.

Anyone sexually abused by a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia may now be able to receive financial compensation without undergoing lengthy, protracted litigation in court.  Recently, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, announced that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has formed a confidential, voluntary compensation settlement fund for victims of sexual abuse by clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  The fund, which is modeled after similar funds in New York, will compensate victims in a shorter, more cursory process than full-blown litigation. Kenneth Feinberg, a well-known and respected arbitrator of the New York claims and other high-profile claim funds like the 9/11 Fund, and his business manager, Camille Biros, will review each claim as a neutral third party and award claimants compensation.  We have extensive experience handling claims in the New York area and are very familiar with the process and expectations of Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros.

There will be a deadline to file your claim with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, so it is important that you act today to protect your rights.  Contact us today.

We have identified 133 Catholic priests and deacons accused of sexually abusing minors in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Through our own investigation, we have identified a staggering 133 priests publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The following list of priests and deacons includes habitual offenders and other priests who allegedly committed abuse.  In some cases, priests were alleged to have abused children at multiple parishes and were transferred from assignment to assignment even after the allegations first came to the attention of the leaders of the Archdiocese:

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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.