Fr. Christopher Pliauplis – Archdiocese of New York

On Behalf of | Jul 29, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Christopher Pliauplis

Archdiocese of New York

Ordained: 1987

Removed: 2006

Returned to ministry: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1988: St. Agnes (Mingo Junction, OH)
  • 1989: St. Benedict’s (Cambridge, OH)
  • 1990-1991: St. Christopher’s (Baldwin, NY)
  • 1991-1995: Absent on Leave
  • 1992-1995: St. Joseph’s (Ronkonkoma, NY)
  • 1996-1998: SS. Simon and Jude (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1996-2005: On Duty Outside the Diocese
  • 1999-2003: St. Anthony’s (Nanuet, NY)
  • 2004: St. James the Apostle (Carmel, NY)
  • 2005-2006: St. Patrick’s (Staten Island, NY)
  • 2007-2008: Unknown
  • 2009-2011: Cathedral of St. Patrick (Manhattan, NY)
  • 2012: Leave of Absence

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Christopher Pliauplis:

Fr. Christopher Pliauplis first started his career as a religious order brother in Steubenville, Ohio. He left for three years to become a nurse and was then ordained for the Diocese of Steubenville in 1987. He was transferred to the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1991 to be near his sick mother, then briefly to Brooklyn, and then to the Archdiocese of New York.

According to media reports, in January 2006, Pliauplis was accused of inappropriately touching a 17-year-old boy on Staten Island. In March, he was placed on leave, and per the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Review Board, in June he was removed from ministry. He denied the allegation and appealed to the Vatican. In June 2008, the Archdiocese of New York announced that the church court had cleared him. He returned to ministry in July 2008 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan and assisted there until 2011. He went on a leave of absence in 2012.

In 2019, his name was included on the Archdiocese of New York’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. However, the Archdiocese of New York stated that he “had been accused of sexually abusing a minor, but was later found not guilty in a canonical judicial process mandated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, or “CDF,” at the Holy See”.

As of 2020, he is believed to be living in the Bronx, New York.

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