Catholic Priest

John A. Madaj

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton

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

In December, 1952, Father McHugh received two anonymous letters alleging that Father John A. Madaj was having an affair with his housekeeper.  Nothing was found in the file to indicate that any action was taken on the part of the Diocese.

On March 12, 1990, the Diocese received a letter from the parents of a 19-year-old male, alleging that Madaj had sexually molested their son when he was nine or 10 years of age. When Bishop James C. Timlin confronted Madaj, Madaj denied the allegation. Timlin then contacted the parents of the victim and informed them of Madaj’s denial.  Timlin recommended that their son speak to a counselor.   He also suggested that they meet with Madaj.

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.