Harrisburg diocese adds priest's name to list of accused

By Myles Snyder
August 06, 2018

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has named a 38th priest accused of child sexual abuse.

Msgr. Joseph Bradley was accused of sexual abuse after his death, the diocese said Monday.

Bishop Ronald Gainer last week released the names of 37 priests at 34 other members of the church who have had allegations made against them since the 1940's.

The diocese said it added Bradley's name to the list after receiving additional information.

Also, a spokesman said additional accusations have been made against church members who were on the initial version of the list.

The list is published on a diocesan website,, that includes information on how to report child sexual abuse and contact information for victims.

Suspected abuse of a minor by a church official, employee or volunteer, can also be reported by calling the diocesan toll-free hotline at 1-800-626-1608, or by emailing

Gainer said last week that any priest or clergy with allegations of abuse will have their name removed from any place of honor within the diocese.

Also, because the diocese did not do enough to protect children during the decades of abuse, the name of every bishop since 1947 will be removed from all facilities, buildings, and rooms.

A grand jury report that identifies over 300 "predator priests" and the officials who concealed their abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Harrisburg, could be released as early as this week.



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