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Fr. Robert Cullen – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Robert Cullen, s.j.

Archdiocese of Washington/Jesuits

Ordained: 1958

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960 – 1961           Jesuit College Preparatory School (Dallas, TX)
  • 1961 – 1962           Bishop’s Latin School (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1962 – 1963           Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • 1963 – 1982           Loyola Blakefield (Towson, MD)
  • 1982 – 1983           Central Catholic High School (Wheeling, WV)
  • 1983 – 1990           Wheeling Jesuit College (Wheeling, WV)
  • 1990 – 1991           Jesuit House of Prayer (Hot Springs, NC)
  • 1991 – 1992           Saints Peter & Paul (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1992 – 1994           Corpus Christi Pastoral Center (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1994 – 1996           St. Charles Lwanga Parish (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1996 – 2002           Loyola Blakefield (Towson, MD)
  • 2002 – 2004           Jesuit Community of St. Isaac Jogues (Wernersville, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Cullen:

In March 2007, in testimony before the Maryland legislature, a woman stated that Father Robert Cullen sexually abused her for several years in the 1960s when she was in elementary school. She said her mother reported the abuse to the Archdiocese repeatedly beginning in the late 1960s, and to her own brother, the Jesuit priest Leo Daly, s.j.  No action was taken. Her mother reported it again sometime after 1982, to the Jesuit priest Allen P. Novotny, s.j.,—who later became president of Gongaza High School in Washington DC, and again, no action was taken.

According to media reports, both Daly and Novotny acknowledge that they received the reports but never took any action that would publicly identify Father Robert Cullen as a predator priest—or that would restrict him from contact with minors and the Catholic faithful.

In February 2005, Cullen died.

In February 2019, Father Cullen’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

In December 2019, Father Cullen’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.

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