Father Steven Litz, Jr.
Diocese of Syracuse
Ordained: March 11, 1965
Died: June 22, 1986
Assigned as follows:
- 1965 – 1966: St. John the Evangelist (New Hartford, NY)
- 1967 – 1969: St. Paul’s Catholic Church Whitesboro NY)
- 1970 – 1974: St. John’s Catholic Church (Utica, NY)
- 1975 – 1976: Sacred Heart Church (Utica, NY)
- 1977 – 1978: St. Mary’s Church (Clinton, NY)
- 1979: St. Thomas Aquinas (Binghamton, NY)
- 1980 – 1984: St. John the Evangelist (New Hartford, NY)
- 1985: Absent on sick leave
- 1986: Most Holy Rosary until death (Syracuse, NY)
Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Steven Litz, Jr.:
Father Steven Litz, Jr. was among five priests in the Syracuse Diocese who faced credible allegations of abuse, but who died or voluntarily left the priesthood prior to the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that was established in June 2002.
Father Litz’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Syracuse’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, published in December 2018. It released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse. In 2020, an adult male filed a lawsuit alleging that he was sexually abused at age 11 by Litz in 1965 shortly after Litz was ordained.
Litz died in 1986 when he working at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse.
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