Fr. Bernard V. Grattan

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Complaint to Bishop Adamec in 1994 that Grattan sexually abused a boy, ages 12-14, in the 1980s. Sent to treatment. Reassigned as a hospital chaplain and allowed to live in a rectory. Sexually abused an “incapacitated patient.” Suspended 2002. Civil suit filed 3/03. Laicization announced 6/04. Suit against Grattan settled as part of a $3.7M settlement 5/04 involving 21 plaintiffs and 11 priests. In 2008 another man reported previous abuse by Grattan. Per PA AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Sr. Marilyn Welch of the Allegation Review Board “acted more as an investigator against the victim than an advocate for the claim or the abused.” Further, it concluded Bishops Hogan and Adamec endangered the public. Grattan admitted to the Grand Jury his abuse of boys.

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