Retired Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk is dead, led Cincinnati Catholics for quarter-century


March 22, 2020

By Dan Horn

Former Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, who guided Southwest Ohio’s Catholics through some of the church’s most trying times, died Sunday in Cincinnati. He was 85.

Pilarczyk, who had been in declining health for years, led the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for more than a quarter century and was the nation’s longest-serving bishop when he retired in 2009. His final years in the top job came as the church struggled with widespread allegations of clergy abuse.

Pilarczyk’s life in the church began as a Catholic schoolboy in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, where classmates knew him as the bright, witty kid who “never got in trouble with the nuns.”

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