Newly suspended priest spent two years in Philadelphia

    Abuse allegations against priests continue to come to light, and though the latest involves a priest who most recently worked in Scranton, his days in the ministry span several U.S. cities, including Philadelphia.

    The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests called our attention to a statement on the Diocese of Scranton’s website, which details the assignments of accused priest Fr. Louis A. Bonacci.

    Bonacci has been suspended for allegations of “the improper touching of a minor in a family home” between 1978 and 1982 while working in Baltimore. This came several assignments after his role at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, and before his first transfer to Scranton in 2003.

    The Maryland Province of the Society learned of the allegation in April, and the Diocese of Scranton says it suspended Bonacci immediately. Bonacci was terminated Friday after the Maryland Province removed him completely from the ministry.

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