Fr. Matthew Kornacki – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

| Dec 18, 2018 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father Matthew Kornacki

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained:  1973

Removed from ministry: 2003

Permanently restricted from ministry: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1977: St. Ephrem (Bensalem, PA)
  • 1977-1981: Holy Saviour (Norristown, PA)
  • 1981-1985: Good Shepherd (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1982-1985: West Catholic Girls High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1985-1992: St. Isidore (Quakertown, PA)
  • 1992-1997: Immaculate Heart of Mary (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1997-2000: St. Martin of Tours (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1998: Transfiguration (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1999: St. Barbara (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2000: Immaculate Conception (Levittown, PA)
  • 2000-2003: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (in res.) (Overbrook, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Matthew Kornacki:

According to media reports, in 2003, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received information that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) caem to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary to met with Father Matthew Kornacki to investigate allegations that he had viewed child pornography between 2001 and 2003.  Kornacki was immediately sent for a psychological evaluation at St. John Vianney, a notorious treatment center for pedophile priests owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. During his evaluation, he admitted to the allegations against him.

In 2004, Kornacki pled guilty to federal charges that he purchased a disc containing more than 150 images of child pornography.  He was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, a $6,000 fine, and two years supervised probation upon release.

That same year, in lieu of an internal church trial to remove him from the priesthood (laicization), Kornacki agreed to surrender his priestly faculties and live a “supervised life of prayer and penance” following his release from prison.

Kornacki has never been publicly accused of inappropriate physical contact with a minor.

Kornacki now resides at Villa St. Joseph retirement home with other accused priests who have accepted a life of “supervised prayer and penance.”  The exact extent of his supervision and his daily activities are unknown.

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