Fr. Philip Steigerwald

Ordained: 1976
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

A man sued the archdiocese in 2002 alleging that he had been abused by Steigerwald in 1978 on a long trip. The suit alleges the archdiocese knew prior to the abuse that Steigerwald was a danger to teenage boys and failed to notify parishioners. Plaintiff’s attorney said Steigerwald left the church “under less than honorable circumstances” in 1981. Per diocese spokesman, he just took a leave of absence. Steigerwald died in 1992 after being struck by a car. Archdiocese paid $450K in 2003 to settle the suit.

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