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Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia serves a Catholic population of nearly 1.3 million and consists of 217 parishes, 11 colleges and universities, 17 high schools, 19 elementary schools, and four special needs schools.

In August 2018, six of the eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania were included in a grand jury report detailing the sexual abuse of over 1,000 children over the course of 70 years by more than 300 predator priests. In the report, the Grand Jury brings to light the wholesale institutional failure of the dioceses of Pennsylvania and their maintenance of an unholy wall of silence that endangered the welfare of children. Although the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was not included in this report, nearly 150 priests within the Archdiocese have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. Read the complete 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.

Philadelphia Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program

On November 13, 2018, Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput announced the opening of an Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (IRRP) for survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Philadelphia. The Program will be administered by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros of Feinberg Rosen LLP, who will be overseen by a committee, also independent of the Diocese.

The fund will be open from January 22, 2019 through September 30, 2019. Only Individuals who allege sexual abuse by priests or deacons of the Diocese are eligible. Those abused by a member of a religious order or lay teachers and employees of the Diocese are not eligible to participate in the Program.

  • The Program is purely voluntary; no individual is required to participate
  • Individuals who previously submitted a complaint of sexual abuse can seek compensation
  • Individuals who have not previously filed a complaint can seek compensation
  • Individuals who previously settled their sexual abuse claims with the Diocese are not eligible.
  • Eligible claims will be paid within two weeks from the time that a submitted claim is deemed eligible
  • The deadline to register a new allegation is July 31, 2019
  • All claims must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2019

For more information, you can visit the official IRRP page. Before making such an important decision concerning such a serious and sensitive matter, we encourage all survivors of priest sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim as part of these compensation programs in Pennsylvania.

You are not alone. We are here to help you.

From simply listening to your story without judgment to assistance navigating the complexities of compensation programs and statutes of limitations, we are ready to help Pennsylvania child sex abuse survivors find justice and healing. Our law firm of legal professionals and advocates has more than three decades of experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and litigating cases against Catholic dioceses and religious orders nationwide. Contact us today. Your information will remain completely confidential.

A similar compensation programs was offered by some of the Catholic dioceses in New York and while the programs may be helpful to a select group of sexual abuse survivors, the only true measure of justice for survivors of child sexual abuse is to reform the laws across this country. Survivors of sexual abuse should be allowed to come forward on their own time and in their own way. To support legislative reform, take an active role in the process and contact your state and local legislators today to express your support for statute of limitations reform.

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Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Click the name of an accused priest, cleric or diocesan employee from the list below for more details about their assignment history as well as, when available, pertinent biographical information, photo, and links to related news. All information has been collected from public sources.