Covering five counties, the Diocese of Allentown is comprised of 84 parishes, 31 elementary schools, six high schools, and three special learning schools serving more than a quarter of a million registered Catholics.
In August 2018, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury uncovered evidence of sexual abuse of minors committed by dozens of priests and one aspiring priest in the Diocese of Allentown, as well as evidence showing that bishops and other administrators not only knew of this conduct, but regularly placed the priests in ministry following a complaint of child sexual abuse. The report also shows that several Diocesan administrators, including the bishops, often dissuaded victims from reporting to police or conducted their own biased investigations without reporting the crimes to the proper authorities. Detailed examples of specific cases of child sexual abuse perpetrated by Father Frank Fromholzer, Father Edward Graff, and Father Michael Lawrence are also included.
On April 23, 2019 the Diocese of Allentown launched their Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) for survivors of abuse by priests of the Diocese of Allentown, and abuse by certain religious orders. 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.
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.
Please contact our law firm confidentially either online or by phone at 215-515-6174
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