Fr. James M. McAuliffe

Ordained: 1942
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

In a 6/10 newspaper ad, a man asked people to call if they wanted to talk about McAuliffe. When contacted by diocese, he said McAuliffe abused him at Holy Savior in Wilkes-Barre sometime 9/54 – 4/63. Diocese contacted police and notified parishes where McAuliffe was assigned. Several people came forward. One said he reported his abuse, including sodomy, in 1963. Bishop Hannon sent the priest for treatment in KY and did not allow McAuliffe to return to ministry. Hannon died in 1965; McAuliffe found his way back to ministry. Pastor Emeritus of St. David’s when he died 8/7/89. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18. Accused of abuse of two boys 1966-69, age range 11-16. Both cases settled in 2020 in the mid-five figured.

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