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Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg serves a Catholic population of 230,000, covering fifteen counties in central Pennsylvania, including Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York. There are 89 parishes in the Diocese, including two basilicas and one cathedral, as wells as 33 elementary schools, five secondary schools, two K-12 schools, and one hospital.

In 2018, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury uncovered evidence of sexual abuse of minors committed by dozens of priests in the Diocese of Harrisburg, 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. Detailed examples of specific cases of child sexual abuse perpetrated by Father Augustine Giella, Father Arthur Long, and Father Joseph Pease are also included. Read the complete 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.

Diocese of Harrisburg Survivor Compensation Program

On February 12, 2019, the Diocese of Harrisburg launched its Survivor Compensation ProgramAccording to the Diocese, it will be administered by Paul Finn of Commonwealth Mediation & Conciliation, Inc. (CMCI). The fund will be open for 90 days, from February 12, 2019 through May 13, 2019. There are three types of survivors eligible for this program, provided they have already identified themselves as a survivor to the Diocese by February 11, 2019:

  • Those abused by a priest, deacon, or seminarian of the Diocese
  • Those abused by a priest or deacon from another diocese who had faculties in the Diocese at the time of the abuse
  • Those abused by a priest or brother from a religious order who had faculties in the Diocese at the time of the abuse

The deadline to register a claim is May 13, 2019. All offers will be made by the close of the program on June 6, 2019. For more information, you can visit the Diocese of Harrisburg Survivor Compensation Program 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.

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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.

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Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg

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.