Former Diocese of Allentown Priest Removed from Ministry in Orlando After Allegations of Abuse

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A priest who served in our area and has since moved to Florida has been removed from his priestly duties.

The Diocese of Allentown and the Diocese of Orlando made the decision after becoming aware of sexual assault allegations against the priest.

The Rev. David Gillis served as a priest in Schuylkill County during the 1990s. Last week, allegations surfaced that he allegedly sexually abused a child in Berks County. He's since been relieved of his priestly duties in Pennsylvania, and in Orlando, Florida where he's served since 2005.

Gillis can be seen in a Newswatch 16 story that aired in 1990 when he was named pastor of St. Mauritius Church, which used to be in Ashland.

Gillis served as a priest in Schuylkill County and was still part of the Diocese of Allentown. Since 2005, he has served in Florida in the Diocese of Orlando.

According to a news release, an allegation was made to the Diocese of Allentown last week that Gillis had sexually abused a child. The diocese referred the case to the Berks County district attorney.

A time frame was not given, but the Bishop of Allentown removed Gillis from ministry. The Diocese or Orlando followed suit, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Kane family has lived in Ashland for decades, where Gillis was their pastor.

"It's a disappointment. It's like that with a number of other ones, too. It's disappointing and it's a letdown," Edward Kane said.

"We became friends. I just thought he was an ordinary person like everybody else," Beverly Kane said.

Gillis was a principal at Cardinal Brennan High School for more than four years. Those who know him remember him as a quality educator.

"It's unbelievable because our kids went to school and he was their principal. He was one of their teachers and we put our trust in him," Beverly Kane added.

This investigation into Gillis is unrelated to the Pennsylvania grand jury report released earlier this month. We spoke with a woman who knows Gillis. She tells us she is absolutely heartbroken to hear about the accusations but still remains firm in her Catholic faith.


    • jimbrony

      He’s one of those guys that if you happened to sit next to him on a park bench you’d instantly regret it.

  • Penn Deutsch

    WNEP hates us Pennsylvanians so I suggest you all take your King Bibi’s advice and GO HOME! P.S. CONVERGE ON AIPAC AND KICK OUT HE INTERNATIONAL CHOSENITE PARASITE!

    • jimbrony

      I’m concerned about you, do you have a place to stay? I mean, since they’ve closed most of the asylums and ‘homes’ – the insane have nowhere to go. Just wanted to make sure you’re getting the care you need because your writings indicate to me that you’re not receiving proper medication.

    • Penn Deutsch

      This one guy of the Diocese of Allentown right now named Schlert is a pedophile too. The Catholics should all be banned from PA because we are a Protestant Nation State/Commonwealth and Catholicism is not a religion of enlightenment & it’s why PA holds more patents than any other State in the Union along with our German population. Fact: We Deutsch are the Worlds inventors. Catholics belong down South and in Allentown we didn’t even have a Catholic church until 1900. Therefore no Catholic is a Pennsylvanian. If you’re not of pre-Am Rev heritage you are not a Pennsylvanian and if your ancestors didn’t fight in The Am Rev you are not a true American. You just can’t show up here and call yourself one of us. P.S. Never trust a man who wears a yarmulke or a dress.

      • Penn Deutsch

        I see my comment still awaits your moderation? WNEP hates the 1st Amendment and protects pedophiles. Now if ever I see one of your reporters I’m going to embarrass you to the extreme. It will be on video and hysterical for all of us to laugh at and you’ll be made to look like the Communist rootless International parasites that you are.

    • jimbrony

      Dear Penn Deutsch: Your postings are always amusing but also troubling at the same time to think someone could be as deranged as you and still have access to the internet. It was the Son of God that was crucified and rose on the third day. Your god (small ‘g’) plays a likable character in the Marvel comics series. You WILL stand before the God you mock some day, and I guarantee you won’t have the bravado and ego you have now. There’s still hope for you through Jesus, but it’s up to you to make that decision. Choose wisely.

      • Penn Deutsch

        In 2009 I was poisoned by a so-called Doctor. He ended up dissolving both of my kidneys and yes I died, was returned & I was on the other side. I spent 2 1/2 weeks fighting for my life in the ICU at Sacred Heart Allentown, I’m lucky I’m not blind. I can honestly (as always) tell all of you that you’re all living in Hell right now. You’ve all got the eyes to see, the ears to hear, the fists to fight, the fingers to write and type. So use them and enlighten others. Take a jab at me and I jab back harder. You believe the way you want to believe as I shall do the same. Just realize I love my PA Nation State and refuse to have in taken over by Communist Fascists who push their degenerate poison on all of us every which way and will sacrifice my life to defend my people “The People” against it. That means black, white, Hispanic, Asian, ect and give up on the left vs right divisiveness because it gets us all nowhere. It’s my belief that we can all unite somewhere on the middle ground. Soon you’ll all possibly be hearing of me from the legislation I’ll be putting before the US Supreme Court about a certain something that has violated 4 Constitutional Rights and not one politician gives a damn about it. I will not tolerate this. Know that this is the only platform where I do not use my real name but you can find out who I am through research because I am Penn Deutsch. Feel free to hate me all you like through your ignorance if you choose so. Please turn off the TV, stop watching sports, put down the beer and don’t fall for the MSM propaganda. I’ll be expecting all of you who get your mind right to join us as we converge on the upcoming AIPAC conference in DC to put forth more legislation to have them registered as a foreign entity. We will be unrelenting on this issue until action is taken and laws are passed. Don’t forget it all starts with only a few and will eventually expand to many. Thank you all for listening and may your creator look down on you bringing the light through the darkness that we’re all living under. Do all that you can any which way to enlighten others. You can’t go through life living on your knees and know I bow to no one. I try to help all in need, I’m committed to public service and if you need help just ask & I’ll do all I can to the best of my ability to resolve the situation. Remember: No God has ever helped a lazy man and if you help yourself and the infirm The All Mighty cannot deny you assistance & in the end the truth is with us. Gott Mit Uns und Meine besten Grüße, BRH aka Penn Deutsch von Allenschteddel/Pocono – Goyim Defense League

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