Catholic Priest

Robert Logue

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg

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

The Diocese of Harrisburg’s file for Father Robert Logue contained a “supplement” dated August 24, 1968.  The supplement was to a previous report written by Father Frederick Bradel.  The supplement noted that a 13 year-old-boy and his father reported Logue showed an interest in the boy, which disturbed the boy and his father.  Logue reportedly asked the boy to expose his genitalia.  The boy stated the contact with Logue started the year before, which was 1967.  The boy stated that he and his friends had discussed that Logue was preoccupied with sex.

Bradel confronted Logue.   Logue “admitted his tendencies and stated they were becoming more pronounced and were a source of great and increasing concern for him.” Bishop Joseph Daley was notified and advised Logue to contact his spiritual director, consult a psychiatrist, and resign from his orders.  Logue agreed to contact his spiritual director and consult a psychiatrist, but Logue decided to request a leave of absence instead of resigning from his orders.

Daley wrote to Bradel on September 5, 1968, thanking him for the confidential report. He stated “we shall follow closely the immediate future of the individual concerned.” No other documents were in this file.

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.