Priest Accused of Abuse in New Orleans Housed at Fordham
By Erica Scalise
The Fordham Ram
November 28, 2018
The late Rev. Cornelius Carr, S.J., who spent the end of his life living in Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit nursing home on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus, was accused this year of being involved in a sexual abuse incident at Jesuit High School in New Orleans in the late 1970’s.
According to Bob Howe, assistant vice president for communications, the university was not aware of the allegations against Carr until The Ram raised them.
“That was a lapse on our part, and one that will not be repeated,” said Howe. “It is the university’s duty to ensure the safety of its students, faculty and staff, and while we don’t believe any members of the Fordham community have been placed at risk by Father Carr’s presence, it is inappropriate to house him in proximity to a college campus and high school.”
According to the New Orleans Advocate, before spending the end of his life at Fordham, Carr served as Provincial of Jesuits’ New York Province in 1966, principal of McQuaid High School in Rochester, New York from 1960-64, a teacher at Jesuit High School (1976-1980), principal of St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey and a member of the Archdiocese of Florida, 1981-2005.