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Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Pittsburgh

The Diocese of Pittsburgh covers Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties, and serves a more than half a million Catholics. As of 2017 there were approximately 211 active Diocesan priests spread across 188 parishes.

In 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 Pittsburgh, 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 Ernest Paone, Father George Zirwas, and Father Richard Zula are also included. Read the complete 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.

Diocese of Pittsburgh Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program

On January 22, 2019, the Diocese of Pittsburgh launched their Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) to compensate survivors of abuse by priests or deacons of the Diocese. The Program is being administered independent of the Diocese by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros of Feinberg Rosen LLP.

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

Visit the official IRCP page for more details. 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.

Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Pittsburgh

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.