Diocese of Allentown
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.
Diocese of Allentown Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP)
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.
- The Program is purely voluntary; no individual is required to participate.
- Individuals who have previously submitted a complaint of sexual abuse can seek compensation.
- Individuals who have not previously submitted a complaint of sexual abuse will not be permitted to participate.
- Claim registration deadline: September 20, 2019
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Clergy accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Allentown.
The list below contain the names of clergy who were assigned within or working in the Pennsylvania Diocese of Allentown who have been accused of sexual misconduct. While lawsuits were filed involving many of these alleged perpetrators, the vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil or criminal court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proved or substantiated in a court of law.
All individuals should be considered innocent until proven guilty. In some situations, the statute of limitations has expired preventing cases from being heard in a court of law. The information contained herein is an attempt to compile information already available to the public including information obtained from the media, www.bishopaccountability.org, the Diocese’s public statements, lists and reports that were released to the public, and other sources that have attempted to chronicle this information for public use.