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PA Catholic Bishop Joseph P. McFadden has died

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Bishop Joseph P. McFaddenIt is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of Bishop Joseph P. McFadden. He died unexpectedly while attending a meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania being held in Philadelphia. He was 65 years old.

While staying at a rectory he awoke feeling ill and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:40 a.m. A cause of death has not yet been announced.

The governance of the Diocese of Harrisburg passed to the College of Consultors upon his death. They will have eight days to elect an Administrator who will be in charge of the day to day operation of the Diocese until a new Bishop is appointed by the Holy Father.
Bishop McFadden was the tenth Bishop of Harrisburg. He was appointed on June 22, 2010 by then Pope Benedict XVI. He was installed as Bishop of Harrisburg on August 18, 2010 in St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg.


  • bernard law

    McFadden was another bishop in the middle of a diocese that knew about at least 35 known pedophile priests back in 1994, and shredded the evidence, causing a lifetime of torment for hundreds of victims. McFadden worked for all the lead pedophile protectors – Krol, Rigali, and Bevilacqua, and claimed to know nothing, although the others all lied about it.

    Bevilacqua lied under oath, but died before it was proven. Rigali lied to an entire congregation, saying there were no accused pedophile priests in the diocese, and was proven a liar 2 weeks later.

    McFadden was loud about fighting the lifestyle of the gays, but never complained about the protection of his pedophile priest brothers.

    We’ll never know how much he knew, and if he lied like the cardinals, or just hid the truth like other bishops, but God now decides whether McFadden’s complicity in Philly’s pedophile protection program should condemn him to an eternity of torment.

  • StirThePot

    He's paying the piper for humping all those kids with his buddies.

    These people need to learn discipline and refrain from these activities that keep hurting people but I doubt they will.

  • Dom

    Bishop McFadden was a great man who helped thousands of people. Any one who casts aspersions upon this great man is an example of just how evil people can be. Rest in peace Bishop McFadden. You go to a much better place beyond such hardened souls.

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