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Fr. Robert J. Potts – Diocese of Allentown

Fr. Robert J. Potts

Diocese of Allentown

Ordained: 1964

Removed: October 2019

Reinstated: August 2020

Assigned as follows:

  • Immaculate Conception, Jim Thorpe               1964 – 1965
  • St. Joseph, Easton                                           1965 – 1966
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Minersville                        1966 – 1967
  • St. Ann, Lansford                                              1967 – 1969
  • Notre Dame, Bethlehem                                   1969 – 1970
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Minersville                        1970 – 1978
  • St. Bernard, Easton                                           1978 – 1979
  • Sacred Heart, New Philadelphia                       1979 – 1985
  • St. George, Shenandoah                                   1985 – 2004
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Shenandoah               1986 – 2004
  • St. Stephen, Shenandoah                                  2001 – 2004
  • St. Mary, Ringtown and St. Joseph, Sheppton    2004 – 2006
  • St. Ursula, Fountain Hill                                      2006-Present

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Robert J. Potts:

In October 2019, the Diocese of Allentown announced that Father Robert J. Potts, pastor of St. Ursula Church, Fountain Hill (Bethlehem), was removed from ministry pending investigation of an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The allegation was made to the administrators of the Diocese of Allentown’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, who then notified the Diocese. The Diocese of Allentown claimed that it had no prior knowledge of the allegation until being notified by program administrators.

The abuse allegedly occurred when Father Potts, now 82, was pastor of the former St. George Parish, Shenandoah.

In August 2020, the Bishop of Allentown announced that he was returning Potts to active ministry after the Diocese conducted an internal investigation into the allegation.

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