Father Gerard Hoffman
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Suspended from ministry: 2008
Faculties revoked: 2009
Assigned as follows:
- 1973-1976: St. Teresa of Avila (Valley Forge, PA)
- 1976: Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
- 1976-1988: St. Pius X High School (Pottstown, PA)
- 1976-1977: St. Basil the Great (Kimberton, PA)
- 1977-1988: St. Isaac Jogues (Wayne, PA)
- 1988-1990: St. John Neumann High School (Philadelphia, PA)
- 1988-1989: King of Peace (Philadelphia, PA)
- 1989-1990: St. John the Evangelist (Philadelphia, PA)
- 1990-2002: St. Mary of Providence Center
- 1990-1993: St. Pius X High School (Pottstown, PA)
- 1993-2002: Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
- 2002-2008: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Doylestown, PA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gerard Hoffman:
According to media reports, in July 2008, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia removed Father Gerard Hoffman from his position as pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor child. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered no details about the allegation, including the age or gender of the alleged victim at the time of the abuse, exc except to say that the misconduct occurred before 1978.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review deemed the allegation unsubstantiated, meaning that it did not believe the accuser.
However, during the course of its investigation, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received a second, unrelated report of abuse by Hoffman. In February 2009, the internal review board determined that the allegation was credible and recommended Hoffman’s permanent removal from ministry. Cardinal Justin Rigali accepted the recommendation and permanently restricted Hoffman from every ministering again.
Rather than proceed with a Church trial to determine if he should be removed from the priesthood (laicization), Hoffman agreed to surrender his remaining faculties and lead a “supervised life of prayer and penance.”
He now resides at Villa St. John with other accused priests who have accepted the same “plea deal” with Church leaders. The level of their day-to-day supervision is unknown.
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