Fr. John P. Schanz

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

On diocese’s list 4/6/18. Bulk of career until retirement at Gannon University and assistant at Holy Cross in Fairview. On Tribunal and Examiner of Junior Clergy. Retired 1996. At least 7 alleged victims. In 4/02 a man told diocese of sex assault by Shcanz when he was a 7th or 8th grade altar boy at St. Andrew and The Villa. Removed from active ministry 4/17/02. Allegation 5/02 of early 1970s abuse of a 12- or 13-year-old boy. Report to diocese in 1/07 of abuse of a boy at Camp Notre Dame in 1974. Report was from former camp life guard who said he witnessed an incident and told administrators, who said they would take care of it and to keep it quiet. In 4/02 report of 1974 abuse of a Holy Cross altar boy. Another allegation of abuse 1978 or 1979 of boy age 16 or 17, and another of abuse of a 15-year-old boy 1980-83. In 2/05, allegation of abuse of a 6th grade St. Andrew’s altar boy. Shanz died 4/16/10.


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