Seminarian Philip A. Hower

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Ordained: 2022
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Seminarian studying at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus OH in 1985, assigned to a parish in Sellinsgrove PA. Removed. Filed a RICO lawsuit in 2004 against the U.S. Church, claiming he was blocked from ordination for blowing the whistle on homosexual priests. The case was settled in 2005. Hower’s name was included on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. It revealed that Hower’s sister told the diocese in 1988 that Hower molested her son when the boy was ages 5-7. Hower was a seminarian in 1988 for the Tucson diocese. Harrisburg informed Tucson. Hower was not ordained.

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