Assignment Record– Rev. Charles F. Stephney, c.pp.s

Summary of Case: Charles Stephney was a priest of the Society of the Precious Blood, ordained in 1980, or possibly earlier. He was assigned to St. Mark's parish and to a jail chaplaincy Cincinnati, OH. In late 1981 Stephney was investigated after teenage boys complained that the priest had made sexual advances toward them. Jail officials asked him to leave, and Stephney's Order sent him to Brooklyn, NY, for treatment. While in Brooklyn Stephney was assigned to Our Lady of the Presentation parish. Against the Society of the Precious Blood's orders, Stephney left Brooklyn and was later hired to assist accused priest, Rev. George Stallings, at St. Teresa's in Washington, DC. Stallings knew of Stephney's history, but told parishioners the priest had left his Order to care for his mother. Archbishop Hickey discovered the situation and twice told Stallings to fire Stephney. Stallings refused. In 1990 Stephney was known to be assisting Stallings at Imani Temple in DC, which Stallings established after breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church.

Ordained: 1980?

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1982 St. Mark's


Per news reports, Stephney was chaplain at a Cincinnati jail during this time. He was investigated in late 1981 after teenage boys complained that he had made sexual advances toward them.

OH 2/2

St. Mark's had a school with 250-237 students.

Jail authorities asked Stephney to leave, and his Order sent him to Brookyn NY for treatment.


Diocese of Brooklyn

Bishop was Francis Joseph Mugavero (1968-1990).

1984 Our Lady of the Presentation Brooklyn NY 2/2

Stephney seems to be indexed only in the 1981-1984 Directories.

Stephney defied his Order and left Brooklyn for Baltimore at some point.


Archdiocese of Washington DC

Archbishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1980-2000).

  St. Teresa's Washington DC  

Stephney went to work in May 1987 for accused priest George Stallings.Stallings reportedly knew about the accusations against his new assistant, but told parishioners Stephney had left his Order to care for his mother. When archbishop Hickey discovered the situation he ordered Stallings in October 1987 to fire Stephney; Stallings did not. Hickey again ordered Stephney's dismissal in February 1988.

Stallings went on in 1989 to start his own, independent, church called "Imani Temple" in Washington DC. In April 1990 Stephney was working there as Stallings' assistant.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1981-1984).

Concerns About Stallings's Lifestyle Fueled Conflict, By Laura Sessions Stepp and Bill Dedman, The Washington Post, April 30, 1990
Q&A with Imani Temple founder George A. Stallings, Jr., By By Hamil R. Harris and Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post, October 12, 2012

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