Fr. John E. Hammer

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

“Father Jack.” Removed in 2002 after admitting to abuse of an altar boy 1980-1983. Sent to St. Luke’s Institute for treatment in 1985 then worked as a hospital chaplain in the Baltimore archdiocese. Faculties removed in Baltimore in 1990; Bishop Malone persuaded the Saginaw MI diocese to take him, and he worked there parishes there for the next 12 years, including as pastor. Lawsuit filed in 9/2002 by three plaintiffs from the Youngstown diocese and one from the Saginaw diocese, claiming church authorities knew of wrongdoing by Hammer as early as 1978. Name included on the Baltimore archdiocese’s list of accused in 9/2002. Laicized in 2006. On the Saginaw diocese’s list 4/25/2018. On the Youngstown diocese’s list 10/29/2018. Included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report. 

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