Catholic Priest

Andrew Aloysius Ulincy

Ordained: 1966
Diocese: Diocese of Allentown

From the Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

The Diocese of Allentown became aware of Father Andrew Ulincy’s sexual abuse of children in 1981. On November 16, 1981, a 17-year-old victim reported to the Bethlehem Police that Ulincy had sexually propositioned him.  Ulincy was contacted by the police and admitted that the victim’s complaint was true.  There is no evidence that the solicitation resulted in any criminal charges.

The Grand Jury has learned that it is not uncommon for Diocesan investigators to make contact with previously reported victims during a review of confidential files within any given diocese.  In this case, the 1981 victim was re-interviewed in June 2010 by an investigator for the Diocese. That interview was preserved in a report, stating:

“[The victim] had run away from home . . . He thought a good place to go for help was a church. The victim went to the rectory and was invited in by Father Ulincy. The priest told him to take a shower while the priest put his clothes in the dryer. The victim came out of the shower and was met by Father Ulincy who offered to help “dry him [the victim] off”, and offered the victim alcohol. Father Ulincy then fondled the victim’s penis. Father Ulincy then turned the victim over, held him down on the bed, and anally penetrated him [the victim].”

Evidence of one other incident involving Ulincy was presented to the Grand Jury. Memorandums obtained from the Diocese showed that, during remodeling in the early 1990’s, a group of contractors were working within the rectory at St. Joseph in Frackville.  Ulincy was the pastor and lived in the rectory.  Ulincy “dropped his pants” in front of a 25-year-old male contractor. Ulincy appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and the contractor appeared to be specifically targeted by Ulincy for this indecent exposure.  The incident was reported to law enforcement but appears to have been dropped as the result of a $2,500.00 payment to the contractor and Ulincy’s transfer from St. Joseph.

In September 2010, some 29 years after the first report, Ulincy was removed from active ministry. By that time, he had served in at least nine other parishes or assignments, one of which was as an Advisory Board Member for the Cardinal Brennan Catholic High School.

Additional information regarding the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Dioceses of Pennsylvania and the systemic cover up by senior church officials is compiled in the Pennsylvania Diocese Victim’s Report published by the Pennsylvania Attorney General following a two-year grand jury investigation.  A complete copy of the Report is available on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s website.