WORCESTER, Mass. - Assumption University is sending more than $30,000 to survivors of clergy sexual abuse instead of using the money, which was left to the school by a priest accused of sexual abuse.
The school said they learned the retired priest was named in a Pennsylvania grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse of children had made a bequest commitment to the college's capital campaign in 2021.
President Gregory Weiner said the unnamed priest donated a little more than $31,000 and when he learned the priest's name was on the report, he requested a review of the school's process for evaluating major gifts. Assumption decided to donate the priest's contributions to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
"We felt this was a clear moral choice and the right thing to do for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, particularly in Pennsylvania," Weiner said. "It's important to us that this is not about us. This act is about the survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania."
The school informed the priest of their decision. The Pennsylvania report names more than 300 clergy members facing credible accusations of sexually abusing children.