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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

Diocese of Harrisburg Survivor Compensation Program On February 12, 2019, the Diocese of Harrisburg launched its Survivor Compensation Program. According to the Diocese, it will be administered by Commonwealth Mediation & Conciliation, Inc. (CMCI). According to the Diocese:

“Our Program will include settlements for abuse by Diocesan Priests, Deacons and Seminarians, as well as Priests of other dioceses and Religious Order Priests who had faculties in the Diocese of Harrisburg at the time of the abuse. To participate in the Program, a claimant must have previously identified themselves to the Diocese on or before February 11, 2019. The claims period will run for 90 days, from February 12 through May 13…Survivors who come forward after the February 11, 2019 deadline will be considered for future participation in the Program.”

Click the name of an accused priest, cleric or Archdiocesan 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.

The fund will be open for 90 days, from February 12, 2019 through May 13, 2019. Survivors of abuse by a priest, deacon, or seminarian of the Diocese; a priest or deacon from another diocese who had faculties in the Diocese at the time of the abuse; or a priest or brother from a religious order who had faculties in the Diocese at the time of the abuse are eligible for this program.

For more information, you can visit the Diocese of Harrisburg Compensation Program CMCI 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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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.