Catholic Priest

Henry Krawczyk

Ordained: 1978
Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh

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

A review of Diocesan records revealed an internal document entitled “File Review” that contained the following three allegations against Father Henry Krawczyk:

  1. On October 19, 1986, a mother filed a complaint against Krawczyk for providing alcohol and marijuana to minors and for making sexual advances towards those minors (including her son). Krawczyk only admitted to providing alcohol to minors.
  2. On August 24, 1988, a complaint was filed against Krawczyk for providing alcohol to minors at a graduation party where no other adults were present.
  3. On November 2, 1992, a mother filed a complaint against Krawczyk for drinking alcohol with her underage son.

In February 2005, Krawczyk pled guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter.  The charge stemmed from a cookout that Krawczyk hosted on June 17, 2003 wherein he supplied alcohol to several underage University of Pittsburgh football players.  One of the players fell from the roof of St. Anne to his death.

In November 2006, the Diocese of Pittsburgh drafted a confidential memorandum pertaining to an allegation of sexual abuse against Krawczyk. Two brothers reported that Krawczyk engaged in sexual activity with their younger brother.  Their younger brother told them that he and Krawczyk would frequently get high and drunk together. On one occasion, he passed out and awoke to Krawczyk performing oral sex on him.   He committed suicide in August, 2006. The brothers requested that the Diocese pay and/or reimburse them for their brother’s drug treatment as well as funeral expenses.  These requests were granted.

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.