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Fr. John Armstrong – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father John Armstrong

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Armstrong:

In July 2020, Fr. John Armstrong was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Pittsburgh on behalf a man who said that he was abused as a teenager in the 1970s.  According to the lawsuit, Armstrong and his brother, Fr. James Armstrong, sexually abused the boy while the brothers were assigned to St. Peter’s parish in Pittsburgh.

Armstrong’s name does not appear on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s list of credibly accused priests.  However, his brother, Fr. James Armstrong, does appear on the Diocese’s list, meaning that the Diocese has concluded (after an internal investigation) that at least one prior allegation against James Armstrong is true.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 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 Diocese of Pittsburgh may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

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

Fr. Kenneth Myers – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Kenneth Myers

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2019

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Fr. Kenneth Myers:

As of May 2020, Father Kenneth Myers’ name appears on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s list of accused priests in active ministry.  Very little information was provided about the allegation(s) against Myers except to say that the District Attorney became aware of the allegations in 2019. No details have been provided about the allegation, such as the age/gender of the alleged victim or Myers’ assignment at the time of the alleged misconduct.

According to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the clergy listed on the list featuring Myers “have had an allegation of child sexual abuse made against them but a final determination has not been made regarding whether the allegation is substantiated. Their faculties have been restricted while their cases are in process. These cases may still be under investigation by civil authorities or under review by the Independent Review Board. A final determination will be communicated once it has been made.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 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 Diocese of Pittsburgh may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

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

Fr. Robert Cedolia – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Robert Cedolia

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1978

Removed: 2019

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Fr. Robert Cedolia:

Father Robert Cedolia has been a priest in active ministry for the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 41 years. According to media reports, in August, 2019, he was placed on leave due to an allegation that he sexually abused a minor while he was serving at a church in Plum in the 1990s.

“The diocese is responding to an accusation made through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, stating that Father Cedolia allegedly sexually abused a minor in the 1990s while he served as pastor of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park,” said the diocese in a written statement.

In May 2020, his name appeared on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s list of accused priests in active ministry that “have had an allegation of child sexual abuse made against them but a final determination has not been made regarding whether the allegation is substantiated. Their faculties have been restricted while their cases are in process. These cases may still be under investigation by civil authorities or under review by the Independent Review Board. A final determination will be communicated once it has been made.”

In April 2021, Allegheny County police arrested Father Cedolia on charges of aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and two counts of indecent assault on a person less than 13 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 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 Diocese of Pittsburgh may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

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

Fr. Jerome Doody – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Jerome T. Doody

Diocese of Pittsburgh 

 

Ordained: 1942

Died: 1979

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jerome T. Doody:

In 2019, the Diocese of Pittsburgh released an updated list of Clergy Against Whom Allegations Have Been Made. One category that the list contains is those who were deceased when an allegation was made against them. One priest who falls under this category is Father Jerome T. Doody. The only information that the Diocese of Pittsburgh released was that allegation against Doody was reported to the District attorney’s office in 2017. Jerome Doody has also been listed as deceased since 1979. No further information has been released about the allegation or the number of victims who have come forward. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Fr. Matthew Kebe – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Matthew F. Kebe

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: 1911

Died: 1969

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Matthew F. Kebe:

In 2019, the Diocese of Pittsburgh released an updated list of Clergy Against Whom Allegations Have Been Made. One category that the list contains is those who were deceased when an allegation was first made against them. One priest who falls under this category is Father Matthew F. Kebe. The only information that the Diocese of Pittsburgh released was that the allegation against Kebe was reported to the District attorney’s office in 2011. Matthew Kebe has also been listed as deceased since 1969. No further information has been released about the allegation or the number of victims who have come forward. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

Bishop Anthony Bosco – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Bishop Anthony G. Bosco

Diocese of Pittsburgh 

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Ordained: 1952

Died: 2013 

 

Assigned as Follows:

  •                       St. Patrick (Canonsburg, PA) 
  •                       Mercy Hospital School of Nursing (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1970              Auxiliary Bishop for Pittsburgh
  • 1987-2004     Bishop of Greensburg Diocese 

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Bishop Anthony G. Bosco:

According to the Pittsburgh Gazette, The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh reported a sexual misconduct allegation against a former Pittsburgh and Greensburg bishop to the Allegheny County district attorney’s office in 2019. The allegation was made against the late Bishop Anthony G. Bosco, and was reported in September of 2018. The incident itself dates back to the 1960’s, when Bosco was a priest with the title of monsignor. 

The complaint alleges that Bishop Bosco inappropriately touched a nursing student while he was a Chaplain and instructor at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. The diocese said that this was the first and only allegation made against Bishop Bosco.

Bishop Anthony Bosco has been included on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s 2019 list of clergy against whom allegations have been made. He falls under the category of clergy who were deceased when an allegation was first made against them. Bosco died in 2013 at age 85. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Fr. Thomas R. Wilson

Father Thomas R. Wilson 

Diocese of Pittsburgh 

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Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2019

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Mary of the Mount Church (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Saint Victor Parish (Bairdford, PA)
  • Transfiguration Parish (Russellton, PA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas R. Wilson:

On April 6th, 2019, a local Pittsburgh news website reported that another priest within the Cathllic Diocese of Pittsburgh had been placed on administrative leave. The diocese said the decision to remove Thomas R. Wilson from active ministry stemmed from allegations of inappropriate behavior with a minor. However, the diocese did say that the allegations did not involve sexual contact.

Thomas R. Wilson admitted to the allegation, while he was actively serving at two parishes in Allegheny County. The allegation dates back to a time when Wilson was serving as a seminarian at St. Mary of the Mount Church in Pittsburgh. The diocese did not reveal what Father Wilson admitted to doing and did not provide any other details of the incident. 

Thomas R. Wilson may no longer engage in public ministry, dress as a priest or present himself as a priest in good standing. He has been included on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s 2019 list of clergy against whom allegations have been made. He falls under the category of clergy who are living and have been removed from active ministry. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Deacon Rosendo Dacal – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Deacon Rosendo Dacal

Diocese of Pittsburgh 

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Ordained as Deacon: 2011 

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • All Saints Parish (Etna, PA)
  • Chaplain at Allegheny County Jail (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Steubenville Catholic Central High School (Steubenville, OH)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Deacon Rosendo Dacal:

On April 10th, 2018, Deacon Rosendo Dacal was arrested on charges related to sending and soliciting obscene images from an undercover police officer who was posing as a 14-year-old boy. He was then suspended from All Saints Parish in Etna. He pled guilty in October to criminal solicitation of sexual abuse of children under a section of state law pertaining to depicting sexual acts via computer, photo, video or film. He was then sentenced in January 2019 to two years probation and 100 hours of community service. Rosendo Dacal was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 25 years. 

Rosendo Dacal will remain on leave and cannot function as a deacon. He will have the right to a canonical review of his convictions led by the Vatican, which could lead to loss of his clergy status. 

Rosendo Dacal has also been included on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s 2019 list of clergy against whom allegations have been made. He falls under the category of clergy who are living and have been removed from active ministry. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

Fr. Larry Smith – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Fr. Larry Smith

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Larry Smith:

In August 2019, Father Larry Smith was one of two priests named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  The lawsuit claims that Smith and Fr. Joseph Girdis sexually abused a 12 year old boy while he was residing at the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, Pennsylvania, in the 1970s.

Neither Girdis nor Smith were identified in the 2018 Grand Jury Report, and neither man appears on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s list of accused priests.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  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 Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Joseph Girdis – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Fr. Joseph Girdis

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Joseph Girdis:

In August 2019, Father Joseph Girdis was one of two priests named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  The lawsuit claims that Girdis and Fr. Larry Smith sexually abused a 12 year old boy while he was residing at the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, Pennsylvania, in the 1970s.

Neither Girdis nor Smith were identified in the 2018 Grand Jury Report, and neither man appears on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s list of accused priests.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  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 Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.