Fr. Vincent P. Mooney

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Died: 01/5/1981
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

In 2018 a woman told the diocese that Mooney raped her in the 1960s, when she was age 16 and he was assigned to Canisius High School. She was a Mt. St. Joseph’s Academy student, grieving her father’s death. She said she was sent to Mooney by a nun for counseling, and that Mooney attacked her after hearing her confession. She said she became pregnant as a result and her mother sent her for an abortion, which was illegal and almost killed her. Mooney was president of Canisius for most of the 1960s and 1970s. He died in 1981. The Jesuits offered the woman a settlement and counseling. On the Northeast Jesuits list of credibly accused 1/15/19. It notes reports of abuse of minors received in 2002 and 2018, occurring 1959-on and 1968-70.

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