Tag: Scranton sexual abuse

Fr. Placid Hennessey – Diocese of Scranton

Father Placid Hennessey

Diocese of Scranton 

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Ordained: 1929

Death: 1959

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Placid Hennessey

In December 2021, the Diocese of Scranton added Fr. Placid Hennessey’s name to its list of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor. Additional details about the nature of the abuse and when it took place are publicly unavailable. 

Fr. Hennessey’s assignment history is also unknown, but sources place the priest in New Jersey in the late 1930s. While in New Jersey, Fr. Hennessey supervised the Girls’ Club. According to news reports in 1953, Fr. Placid Hennessey was also noted for his involvement with the Catholic Youth Center (CYC). 

According to the Diocese of Scranton, Fr. Placid Hennessey was not a priest in the diocese. He was a Franciscan Friar. Fr. Hennessey died on April 5, 1959. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Msgr. Thomas Jordan – Diocese of Scranton

Monsignor Thomas Jordan

Diocese of Scranton

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Ordained: 1948

Died: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • 1949-1950: Ascension Church, Williamsport, PA
    1951: St. Gabriel’s Church, Hazleton, PA
    1952-1964: St. Ignatius Church, Kingston, PA
    1959-1967: “Procuratores et Advocati”
    1965-1968: Central Catholic High School, Kingston, PA
    1967-1968: Holy Saviour Church (in residence), Wilkes-Barre, PA
    1969-1970: St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, PA
    1971-1977: Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, PA
    1978-1987: Church of the Epiphany, Sayre, PA
    1979-1986: “Dean for Bradford and Sullivan Counties”
    1984-1986: “Council of Priests”
    1987-1989: St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church
    1989:  “Dean for Dunmore”

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Thomas Jordan:

Monsignor Thomas Jordan was ordained a priest in 1948 and served in the Diocese of Scranton. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to a list maintained by Bishop Accountability.org, he was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a 6 to 7-year-old boy from approximately 1979 to 1980. At the time of the alleged abuse, Monsignor Jordan was assigned to Church of the Epiphany in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

The sexual abuse by Monsignor Jordan occurred in the elementary school affiliated with Church of the
Epiphany on at least three occasions. He fondled the boy’s penis and testicles, skin-on-skin, and forced the boy to perform oral sex on Monsignor Jordan.

The claim settled in 2020 in the low six figures.

Monsignor Jordan died in September 1990.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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DIOCESE OF SCRANTON: EIGHT MORE ADDED TO LIST OF PERSONS CREDIBLY ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX ABUSE

POPULAR PRIEST ONE OF EIGHT MORE ADDED TO DIOCESE OF SCRANTON LIST 

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton added eight more people to the list of dozens of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The Diocese list was first published in August 2018 on the Diocese of Scranton’s website. In January 2019, eleven more names were added and two more in October 2019. 

All of the newly added eight names were submitted to the Independent Survivors Compensation Program (ISCP), first launched in January 2019. The eight new people added to list consist of six clergy members, one lay teacher, and a religious brother.  Those deemed credible are corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, admission by the accused, and/or other information or evidence.  Together with its list of credible accused persons, the Diocese also announced that it paid more than $24 million out to more than 200 victims of clergy abuse.

The clergy members added are Edmund Byrne, Joseph Conboy, Francis Corcoran, Walter Ferrett, Hugh McGroarty, and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly.  Monsignor Kelly, 80, is the only clergy member who is living. The well known priest worked at Boys Town in Nebraska, helped found and worked at Project Hope, was the director of Camp St. Andrew, and taught in diocesan schools for 25 years. He also served as the head of Catholic Social Services for ten years and was director of St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen in Scranton. 

Monsignor Kelly retired in 2015, but remained a volunteer at the soup kitchen until a replacement was found. Multiple allegations against him prompted the Diocese of Scranton to enact the Essential Norms of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and placed him on administrative leave. He denied the accusations.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of children who were sexually abused by clergy and lay employees of the Diocese of Scranton.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member of any religious faith, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. James Gormley (Jesuit) – Diocese of Scranton

Father James Gormley 

Diocese of Scranton (Jesuit)

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Ordained: 1954

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1948-1951: Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1956-1959: Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1959-1960: St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1960-1965:  Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues (Wernersville, PA) 
  • 1965-1972:  St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1973-1975:  Georgetown Preparatory School (N. Bethesda, MD) 
  • 1975-1981:  St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1982-1983:  Holy Rosary Catholic Academy (San Bernadino, CA)
  • 1983-1985:  Waldron Academy (Merion Station, PA) 
  • 1985-1993:  Holy Child Infirmary and School (Rosemont, PA) 
  • 1993-1997:  Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, WV) 
  • 1998-1999:  St. Jude Church (Radford, VA) 
  • 1999-2000:  Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Richmond, VA) 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. James Gormley:

Fr. James Gormley was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1954, who served in multiple dioceses including in the Diocese of Scranton. He served at Scranton Prep in the 1940s and 1950s. He was then transferred throughout Pennsylvania and the country until 2000. He died in 2005.

According to media reports, in December 2018, Father Gormley was named publicly on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. In October 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Scranton’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors, as well as on the Diocese of Richmond’s list. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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DIOCESE OF SCRANTON PRIEST RESIGNS FOLLOWING SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION

SCRANTON PRIEST ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the Diocese of Scranton announced the resignation of Father James J. Walsh, pastor of Saint Maria Goretti Parish in Laflin, following an investigation into an allegation of sexual assault that occurred in 1979. The alleged abuse occurred while Father Walsh was serving as assistant pastor at the Church of St. Gregory in Clarks Green. The diocese said the allegation did not involve a minor and notified the district attorney’s office immediately upon learning of the incident.

The Diocese of Scranton hired a professional investigator to conduct the investigation. It was then that another allegation involving Father Walsh’s inappropriate behavior with an adult was discovered. Additionally, two prior reports of possible misconduct involving Walsh were reviewed.

Father Walsh denied all allegations, but diocesan officials deemed the allegations to be credible. When Bishop Joseph C. Bambera told Walsh he was going to remove him as Pastor, Father Walsh resigned from ministry.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of those who were sexually abused by clergy of all religious denominations.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member of any religious faith, please contact our law firm today at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. Louis Bonacci – Diocese of Scranton

Father Louis Bonacci

Diocese of Scranton (Jesuit)

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Ordained: 1973

Removed: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1974: Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues (Wernersville, PA)
  • 1973-1974: Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth (Wernersville, PA)
  • 1974-1978: Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome, Italy)
  • 1978-1982: Loyola College (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1982-1987: Our Lady of Mercy (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • 1986-1988: Wake Forest University; NC School of the Arts (Charlotte NC)
  • 1986-1988: Salem College; Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • 1987-1988: St. Benedict the Moor (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • 1988-1990: Marianist Community (Dayton, OH)
  • 1990-1991: Faber Jesuit Community (Cincinnati, OH)
  • 1991-1994: Marianist Community (Dayton, OH)
  • 1994-1999: Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)
  • 1994-1998: Jesuit Community at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)
  • 1998-1999: Faber Jesuit Community (Cincinnati, OH)
  • 1999-2003: Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, WV)
  • 2003-2011: The University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
  • 2004-2005: Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
  • 2005-2011: Diocese of Scranton (Scranton, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Louis Bonacci:

Father Louis Bonacci was ordained a priest in 1973, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in 2011, he was accused of touching a minor at a Howard County residence while working as Loyola’s assistant director of ministry from 1978 to 1982. He left there to become the Catholic campus minister at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and subsequently held similar positions at three other colleges, including several within the Diocese of Scranton.

During an investigation of the first allegation by the Maryland Province Review Board, a second victim alleged similar sexual contact as a minor with Bonacci in Howard County. The board reported the allegation to county police but was told that a police investigation could not be opened until at least one of the victims comes forward.

For the majority of his career as a Jesuit priest, Bonacci served as campus priest for a number of universities. In 2006, Bishop Martino retained Bonacci to serve as the Diocesan Coordinator of Spiritual Direction whereby he was available to provide spiritual direction for both priests and deacons of the Diocese of Scranton. Bonacci served in this capacity until his suspension.

Bonacci’s name was included on the Dioceses of Scranton and Wheeling-Charleston lists of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

He is said to be living in a monitored Jesuit residence since his suspension.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.