Catholic Priest

Daniel Mahoney

Ordained: 1952
Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg

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

Father Daniel Mahoney’s file contained complaints regarding inappropriate publishing in the Holy Name Jesus Church bulletin.  More complaints were made to the Diocese of Harrisburg regarding postings on his personal website,  The website had links to “Puberty for BOYS” and “Puberty for GIRLS.”  Mahoney provided descriptions of growing up and sexuality.  One description regarding pregnancy in a section titled Purity for Boys stated, “The semen is squirted into a girl’s body through the penis into the vagina or little opening between her legs.”  In another section titled Purity for Girls, Mahoney provided great detail regarding menstruation and periods for girls. It was reported to the Diocese of Harrisburg that Mahoney handed out these documents at Bishop McCort High School in 2003.

During an interview with a catechist of Immaculate Conception Blessed Virgin Mary Church in 2002, she provided information concerning Mahoney.  Diocesan records of the 2002 interview stated her brother disclosed to her that Mahoney sexually abused him.  The alleged abuse occurred between 1966 and 1968.  The brother never reported the abuse to the Diocese.

In 2016, a Diocesan document noted a different woman reported to the Diocese of Harrisburg that her brother was also sexually abused by Mahoney.  Mahoney reportedly took her brother out of classes and took him to the Holy Name rectory. The boy never reported abuse to the Diocese.

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.