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Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Pilarczyk has passed away

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 18:13:12-04

The Archbishop Emeritus of Cincinnati, Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, passed away this morning, according to a Facebook post by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

The Archbishop was 85 years old.

Archbishop Pilarczyk earned an M.A in classics from Xavier University in 1965 and a Ph.D in classics from the University of Cincinnati in 1969.

He led the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for 27 years, taking over when Cardinal Joseph Bernardin left Cincinnati for Chicago. He was ordained as bishop in 1974 and installed as archbishop in 1982.

He resigned from his position as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 2009, after 50 years of priesthood. At the time, he was the longest-tenured archbishop and longest-serving active bishop in the United States.

The Rev. Pilarczyk is widely known for working to guide the Archdiocese of Cincinnati through its guilty plea in connection with priest sex abuse cases in 2003.