Wilmington Diocese Names 20 Alleged Pedophile Priests

By Beth Miller
News Journal
November 16, 2006

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- [Series] The Hidden Abuse
- Read Saltarelli's Statement

Diocese of Wilmington Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli today released the names of 20 priests against whom the diocese has received "admitted, corroborated or otherwise substantiated" allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

The list, released in today's editions of the diocese's weekly newspaper, The Dialog, includes eight living priests plus two who once ministered in the Wilmington diocese but were accused of abuse elsewhere. The Diocese of Wilmington includes all of Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which has about 220,000 Catholics, according to diocese officials.

The list does not include the names of any religious order priests.

Accompanying the list, the newspaper printed a letter from Saltarelli, who says he has released the names after "extensive consultation" with the Diocesan Review Board. The recent arrest of the Rev. Francis G. DeLuca on similar charges in Syracuse was a factor in Saltarelli's decision.

He also released the names, he said, "to continue the efforts of our diocese to encourage victims of clerical sexual abuse to come forward and seek help."

The priests named by Saltarelli are:
[ has linked the names to the News Journal's gallery of assignments and photos.]

Diocese of Wilmington priests

Edward B. Carley (1917-1998)

Eugene F. Clarahan (1925-1999)

Francis P. Cornely (1924-1975)

Francis G. DeLuca (1929-)

Douglas W. Dempster (1937-)

Henry J. Dreyer (1903-1969)

Edward F. Dudzinski (1950-)

Richard F. Gardiner (1916-1989)

William E. Irwin (1938-2005)

John A. Lind (1931-1997)

Leonard J. Mackiewicz (1931-1994)

Kenneth J. Martin (1945-)

Joseph A. McGovern (1949-)

Walter D. Power (1918-1998)

Francis J. Rogers (1954-)

John A. Sarro (1941-)

Carmen D. Vignola (1946-1989)

Charles W. Wiggins (1957-)

Priests from other dioceses

Paul Calamari (1944-)

Gerard C. Smit (1924-)



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