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Fr. Theodore Podson

Father Theodore “Ted” Podson (Piarist Fathers) 

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Theodore "Ted" Podson Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1976

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • Calasanctius School (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. Francis Catholic Church (Amarillo, TX)
  • Devon Prep School (Devon, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Theodore “Ted” Podson:

Father Theodore “Ted” Podson, a priest of the Piarist order, was ordained in 1976 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  considered a “cool” teacher for many years in the late 1970s and early 1980s at Calasanctius School for gifted children in Buffalo, NY. He was known for leading week long field trips across the country with students. 

According to media reports, in 1993, he was suspended from his position at Devon Prep School in Pennsylvania amid allegations Podson repeatedly sexually abused a male seventh or eighth grade student while on a trip to Greece. He was sent to St. Luke’s Institute, a church-run hospital in Maryland for treatment. He was not publicly identified, charged or removed from active ministry. 

In 1994, he was one of five religious order priests identified as “guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor,” on a list compiled by Monsignor William J. Lynn. By 1995, he served as pastor and prison chaplain at St. Francis Church in Amarillo, Texas. He resigned suddenly in June 2002, three days after the U.S. Conference of Bishops stated it would remove any priest who had sexually abused minors.

By 2003, Father Podson relocated to the Philippines and worked as a hospital chaplain on the island of Cebu. According to media reports, in August 2012, he was removed from ministry after a series of articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer traced his path from Buffalo, where his conduct at Calasanctius was questioned, to Philadelphia, where he was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy on a class trip. 

In August 2018, a spokesman for the Diocese of Buffalo said, “In 2003, the Diocese of Buffalo received a complaint against Father Podson alleging abuse many years earlier. In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Diocese forwarded the complaint to the Piarist Provincial and to the Archdiocese of Washington where Father Podson was listed as a resident at the time.”

In November 2018, Father Podson’s name appeared on the Diocese of Buffalo’s updated list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He was accused in 2019 in two Child Victims Act lawsuits of molesting a 12-year-old student and a 13-year-old student while he taught at Calasanctius. 

He was granted Filipino citizenship, and currently lives on a small island in the Philippines, where he has promoted himself as a mentor to teenagers and rented an apartment that he opened up to “teen scholars.” In the citizenship petition, posted online, a local legislator wrote: “Father Podson has greatly contributed to the moral, spiritual and social growth of the Philippines.”

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Fr. Theodore “Ted” Podson – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Theodore “Ted” Podson

Diocese of Buffalo (Piarist Fathers)

Theodore Podson Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1976

Removed: 2012

Known Assignments:

  • Calasanctius School (Buffalo, NY)
  • Devon Prep School (Devon, PA)
  • St. Francis Church (Amarillo, TX)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Theodore Podson: 

Father Theodore Podson was ordained to the priesthood in 1976. In 1993, he resigned from his job at Devon Prep School in Pennsylvania amidst allegations that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy. He was sent to St. Luke’s Institute, a church-run hospital in Maryland that treated clergy members for sexual disorders. Following treatment, he moved to Texas, and was taken in by St. Francis Church in Amarillo.

Father Podson was one of five religious order priests identified as “guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor,” on a list compiled by Msgr. William J. Lynn in 1994. According to media reports, in 2003, he  relocated to the South Pacific. However, Father Podson was not publicly identified, charged or barred from active ministry until 2012.  He reportedly lives in an apartment in close proximity to teenagers.

In November 2019, Father Podson was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a minor boy while serving as priest and educator at Calasanctius School of Buffalo. His name appears on the Buffalo Diocese’s updated list of priests who have been accused of sexual misconduct. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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