Fr. William Scanlon – Archdiocese of New York

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2020 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father William Scanlon

Archdiocese of New York/Jesuits


Ordained: 1970

Restricted: 1994

Impeded: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1967: McQuaid Jesuit (Rochester, NY)
  • 1971-1972: Xavier High School (New York, NY)
  • 1972-1974: Fordham University (Bronx, NY)
  • 1974-1976: St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1976-1980: Canisius College (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1980-1992: St. Joseph’s Parish (Benin City, Nigeria)
  • 1993-1996: Provinces (FGM)
  • 1996-2002: NY Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau Inc. (New York, NY)
  • 1996-2004: St. Ignatius Loyola Residence (New York, NY)
  • 1999-2007: NY Catholic Medical Mission Board Inc. (New York, NY)
  • 2000-2001: St. Pius Church (Redwood City, CA)
  • 2003-2004: Development Office of the New York Province (New York, NY)
  • 2003-2013: Jesuit Provincial’s Office (Murray-Weigel Hall) (New York, NY)
  • 2008-2019: Fordham University (Bronx, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Scanlon:

Fr. William Scanlon was a Jesuit priest who worked at various schools. According to the Jesuits, upon a 1994 investigation, he admitted to abusing minors from 1985 to 1994. He was “restricted,” yet in the Jesuits official magazine in 2010, he was shown giving Holy Communion. His priestly faculties were removed by the Jesuits in 2011.

In January 2019, Scanlon’s name was included on the Jesuit’s Northeast Province’s list of “USA Northeast Province Jesuits with Credible Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor”.

Scanlon’s name was not listed in the 2018 edition of the Official Catholic Directory. He lived at Murray-Weigel Hall retirement residences at Fordham University from at least 2008 to 2019, serving as its chaplain. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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