Rev. Anthony J. Muzic

Summary of Case: Muzic was accused in a 1993 lawsuit of having sexually abused an altar boy in 1965 and 1966, after giving the boy alcohol. The diocese considered the claim not to be credible. The claimant dropped the lawsuit due to the statute of limitations. He and his lawyer continued to insist that the accusation was true. Muzic denied the allegations. He died in March 2010.

: 1963
Died: March 29, 2010


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Cleveland bishop was Edward Francis Hoban (1945-1966)

1965 St. Vitus'




4/4 ,3/4


St. Vitus' had a school with 770-775 students.


Clarence George Issenmann replaced Hoban (1966-1974)

Sept. 1971 St. Brendan

North Olmsted

Muzic was accused in a 1993 lawsuit of having sexually abused a St. Brendan's altar boy in 1965 and 1966. According to the claimant, Muzic plied him with alcohol, and made him serve mass without clothes under his cassocks, among other things. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland Ohio]
May 25, 1993) Muzic denied the allegations.

OH 2/2, 3/3 St. Brendan's had a school with 502-685 students.
Sept. 1969   Cleveland Central Catholic High School Cleveland OH full-time faculty member  
Sept. 1971 1974 Immaculate Conception Akron OH 4/4, 3/4, 3/3 Immaculate Conception had a school with 192-149 students.
June 1974   Diocesan Dept. of Religious Education        


Following Issenmann as bishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980)

1982 Borromeo College of Ohio Wickliffe OH faculty member; associate spiritual director; spiritual director  

June 1982

Anthony Michael Pilla succeeded Hickey (1980-2006)

1988 St. Monica Garfield Heights OH

2/5, 1/4, 1/5


St. Monica's had a school with 536-481 students.
1990 1991 Dean of a Deanery        
2005 2006 St. Ladislaus Lorain OH

3/3, 2/2

In residence.

St. Ladislaus had a catechesis program with 19 students.

March 1988

Replacing Pilla was Richard Gerard Lennon (2006- )

2009 St. Mark Cleveland OH 2/3, 1/3, 1/4, 2/4, 1/2, 2/2

St. Mark's had a school with 403-517 students.

A 1993 lawsuit in which Muzic was accused of having sexually abused a boy in 1965 and 1966 was deemed by the diocese to be without merit; Muzic was allowed to continue in ministry. The suit was dropped due to the statute of limitations. (Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 11, 2002)

Muzic is listed in the Directories as retired, beginning in 1997.

Muzic died March 29, 2010 (Office of the Secretariat, Diocese of Cleveland, March 30, 2010)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1964-2009)

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