Fr. Anthony J. Cipolla

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

In 1978 a woman told police Cipolla abused her sons, ages 9 and 12. Charges dropped after harassment of mother and pressure by church. Reassigned. Accused in 1988 of abuse at over 4 years of a 13- to 17-year-old boy. Diocese said allegations unfounded. Accuser filed report with D.A. Cipolla suspended and sent to St. Luke’s for eval; he refused recommended treatment at St. John Vianney Center. Went to St. Michael’s in NYC as outpatient. Accuser filed suit 10/92; settled 9/93. Bishop Wuerl removed Cipolla’s faculties in 9/90. Cipolla appealed to Rome; Wuerl was ordered to reinstate. Wuerl appealed; decision reversed in 1995. Cipolla continued to present as priest against orders. Laicized 9/19/02. Continued to act as priest. Died 8/30/16. On Youngstown diocese’s list 10/29/18. Two claims settled in 2020 in low six figures.


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