Fr. Donald Dorsey – Diocese of Scranton

| Nov 19, 2018 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Fr. Donald Dorsey

Diocese of Scranton

Ordained: 1955

Inpatient Evaluation: 1959, 1960

Faculties Withdrawn: 1964

Resigned: 1975

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955: St. Ann (Shohola, PA)
  • 1955-1959: St. Leo (Ashley, PA)
  • 1959:  Faculties Withdrawn
  • 1959-1960: St. Ann (Shohola, PA)
  • 1960: Leave of Absence

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Donald Dorsey:

Fr. Donald Dorsey was ordained a priest in 1955 who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in 1959, the Diocese received two allegations that Fr. Dorsey was acting in inappropriate ways. In 2018, he was first named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury Report. The first complaint alleged that Dorsey was acting inappropriately with a high school girl. The second complaint alleged that he was “too close with” the females in town.

In response, the Bishop of Scranton withdrew Dorsey’s faculties and sent him for a retreat at a hospice center.  He also ordered Dorsey never to enter any home where a female was living, or to have any communications with any women, who resided in Ashley, Pennsylvania. This was, of course, a highly unusual restriction on a priest and suggests that being “too close with” females was a code word for sexual contact.

Dorsey’s faculties were reinstated when he was assigned to St. Ann parish. With the appointment came a restriction that Dorsey never visit any homes in Ashley or Wilkes-Barre, where he had previously been assigned.

In 1964, Dorsey’s faculties were again revoked, but the grand jury report is not clear as to the reason why.  When he sought ministry outside of the Diocese of Scranton, Bishop Hannan stated emphatically that Dorsey was “an incorrigible recidivist” who was “first sent to the Diocesan hospice after he became sexually involved with a high school girl,” according to the grand jury report.

Dorsey resigned his ministry in 1975. He died in 2007.

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