Former York Catholic teacher on diocese list of accused priests

A former York Catholic teacher is among the 72 clergymen named by the Harrisburg Diocese who were accused of sexual abuse of minors.

York Catholic confirmed in a message on its website Friday, Aug. 3, that the Rev. William Cawley's name appears on the diocese list.

Cawley taught at the school from 1988 until 2012, according to the school. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Harrisburg Diocese released a list of priests accused of sexual abuse of children dating back to the 1940s. 

According to that list, Cawley was not the subject of any abuse allegation while with the Harrisburg Diocese. However, the diocese received a report that Cawley was accused of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit while at the Diocese of Great Falls/Billings in Montana.

William Cawley

York Catholic said in its statement that the Diocese of Harrisburg received a report of the lawsuit in 2012, when it was filed, and that Cawley left the diocese that year as a result of the allegations.

Cawley is still alive, according to the diocese list. A  phone number could not be found for him.

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Lori Keith, spokeswoman for York Catholic, said in an email that all inquiries were being fielded by the Diocese of Harrisburg. 

Others: Two other men on the list have York County ties. The Rev. Daniel Richards, of St. Rose of Lima Church in York City, confirmed that two of the men, Guy Marisco and Herbert Shank, were assigned to the church  more than 20 years ago.

According to the diocese, there were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children against Marisco and Shank. The two men are still alive. 

The cases, according to the list, involved allegations of indecent behavior. 

Richards, who joined the church within the last few years, said he read the Diocese of Harrisburg's letter regarding the list to the church's congregation Sunday, Aug. 5. He said he asked the congregation to pray for the victims.

The Diocese of Harrisburg released the list of 71 men accused of abuse on Wednesday, Aug. 1, however, the list did not say where the men were assigned within the diocese. One more man was named on Monday, Aug. 6.