Fr. Carl J. Steffen

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Diocese knew as early as 1966 of allegations, when Steffen was a high school chaplain. Several parents complained about his behavior with their sons, including fondling. A female student said he spoke to her about masturbation, intercourse and “certain aberrations of the marital act.” Transferred 5/69. More accusation 1993 and 1997 of inappropriate sexual talk to minors. Report in 1993 that in 1968 he touched the genital area of a hospitalized 10-year-old boy. Bishop Dattilo said in 2/02 no penalty due to “insufficient evidence” of “overt offense.” Steffen warned in 2/03. Faculties for hearing confessions removed 2/09 for inappropriate sexual questioning within the sacrament. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Died 7/15/15. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Added to Baltimore list 9/18.


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