Fr. John Unger

Ordained: 1942
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in a lawsuit announced in 11/18. The abuse allegedly occurred at Sacred Heart Elementary School. His accuser said that he was a 10-year-old student at the school when Unger chose him to clean erasers, then led him to a secluded choir room and raped him. He said he asked “why?” and Unger told him it made him a bona fide member of the Catholic Church, and not to tell. The man said other boys at the school were also sexually abused, and that they called the priest “Monster Unger.. .” He said two later died by suicide.


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