Rev. Edward P. Kuczynski
Summary of Case: Kuczynski was accused in 2005 of molesting a boy over a three year period, beginning when the boy was a fifth grader at the parish school. Per the archdiocese, police investigated and found the claims to be unfounded. The family filed suit in 2006.
Philadelphia archbishop was John Joseph Krol (1961-1988)
|1982||St. Adalbert (Polish)||Philadelphia||PA||4/6||Parish had a school with 607-584 students.|
|1982||1983||St. Mary's (Polish)||Conshohocken||PA||2/2||Parish had a school with 100 students.|
|1983||1984||St. John Cantius (Polish)||Philadelphia||PA||2/4||Parish had a school with 598 students, and a kindergarten with 55 students.|
|1984||1987||Our Lady Help of Christians||Abington||PA||3/3||Parish had a school with 197-185 students.|
Krol was succeeded by Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua (1987-2003)
|1989||St. Josaphat (Polish)||Philadelphia||PA||2/2||Parish had a school with 247-244 students.|
|1989||1990||St. Cecilia's||Philadelphia||PA||4/4||Parish had a school with 1,023 students.|
|1990||1995||St. Hedwig's (Polish)||Philadelphia||PA||1/3, 1/2, 1/1|
|1991||1992||Philadelphia Community College||Philadelphia||PA||1/3||Newman apostolate|
Justin Francis Rigali replaced Bevilacqua as archbishop (2003- )
• Kuczynski was accused in a 2006 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy between 2002-2005. The boy was a student at St. Peter's School and said that the abuse began when he was fifth grade. The archdiocese stated that police investigated in April 2005 and determined that the allegations were unfounded. The lawsuit claimed that the boy ran to the school principal's office to report abuse, but that she told him "nothing happened" and that he should forget it.
Parish had a school with 195-200 students and a religious education program with 95 students The religious ed. program is listed only in the 2001-2006 Directories during Kuczynski's time at St. Peter's. The parish closed in 2006.
The archdiocese said in a statement, "An affidavit dated April 20, 2005, stated that police had already interviewed upwards of 20 people and no one had corroborated any of the family’s allegations,""Before the end of April 2005, Father Kuczynski and the archdiocese were informed by Pottstown Police that they found the allegations against Father Kuczynski to be unfounded and that their investigation turned its focus to whether the complainant had made a false report."
|2006||2009||St. Philip Neri's||Philadelphia||PA||
|Parish had a religious education program with 46-12 students.|
|2007||2009||St. Monica Manor||Philadelphia||PA||Chaplain|
|2009||2011||St. Charles Borromeo||Philadelphia||PA||Pastor||This assignment is per the archdiocesan website.|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-2009)
• New Lawsuit Alleges Priest Sex Abuse at Montco School, By Pervaiz Shallwani, The Morning Call [Pennsylvania], April 19, 2006
• Priest Abused Boy, Lawsuit Claims, By Pervaiz Shallwani, The Morning Call [Pennsylvania], April 20, 2006
• Lawsuit Accuses Priest of Abuse, By Mike Castiglione, The Mercury, April 20, 2006
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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 17, 2011
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