Fr. William E. Finger

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn


Finger was ordained in 1962 and was in active ministry until his departure in 1980.

Finger was accused of sexual abuse in an October 2003 civil lawsuit, in which 27 victims alleged abuse by 24 priests.

His name was added to the Brooklyn Diocese website in November 2017, as a priest of the diocese laicized by the Vatican office “authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric.”

Claims against Finger were reportedly submitted in the Diocese’s 2017 Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.


NY Times 11.9.17; Brooklyn Diocese Official Statement