Catholic Priest

Thomas Kujovsky

Ordained: 1957
Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg

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

In 1981, Bishop Joseph Daley documented a report against Father Thomas Kujovsky. Two women reported to Father Coakley that a person found magazines that contained photographs of former altar boys in the nude.  The items were found by Kujovsky’s bed in the rectory.  Bishop Daley discussed the nude photographs with Kujovsky.  Daley noted Kujovsky expressed “utter surprise and absolute disbelief concerning them.” He denied “absolutely that he had any sexual aberrations.”  Bishop Daley noted he did not reveal the source of the information and accepted Kujovsky’s word.  The Diocese identified one of the boys that was photographed naked.   However, there was no record in the file that the child was ever interviewed, nor was there any police involvement.  Kujovsky stayed in ministry.

Kujovsky wrote a letter, which is contained in Diocesan files. In the letter, he referenced what he deemed were false charges leveled against him in August of 1990. The Diocese referred Kujovsky for an evaluation after receiving the 1990 allegations.  The allegation was later recanted when the accuser admitted that the allegation was made up for the sole purpose of trying to get money via a settlement.  Kujovsky was reinstated with faculties; however, he was retired.

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.