Fr. Bernard A. Flanagan

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Diocese announced 9/26/10 that Flanagan had been removed from his assignments as pastor of Annunciation, St. George, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Shenandoah and St. Mary Magdalen in Lost Creek; sent for treatment. Review Board found credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor dating back about 25 years, when he was assigned to Reading Central Catholic High School. May be other accusers. Chaperoned an unsanctioned international trip which included Bishop McDeviit High School students, Diocese of Harrisburg. Name on Harrisburg’s 8/1/18 list. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report and on Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Diocese claims it tried to have Flanagan laicized, but Vatican denied laicization.


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