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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Sex Abuse Keeps Getting Worse

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A month ago, a Philadelphia grand jury issued its findings after an investigation of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s handling of priest sexual abuse allegations. As a result of the grand jury report, four priests were criminally indicted, one of whom, Monsignor William Lynn, was indicted for criminal child endangerment because of his role in covering-up for priest abusers and not doing anything (including calling the police) to protect children and stop the abuse.

Now, Cardinal Rigali, the Archbishop of Philadelphia has been forced to suspend 21 priests who were active in Philadelphia parishes with full and unfettered access to children for allegations of sexual abuse. The suspensions were announced after Rigali had publicly assured the community that there were no priests serving in Philly that had abuse allegations made against them. In announcing the suspensions, Rigali declined to provide the names. The names have come out and have been published in media reports. Here are the names of the suspended priests:

Monsignor John A. Close of St. Catherine of Siena in Wayne, Pa.
Father Mark Fernandes of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Sellersville, Pa.
Monsignor J. Michael Flood of St. Luke the Evangelist in Glenside, Pa.
Rev. Joseph M. Glatts of SS. Simon and Jude in West Chester, Pa.
Rev. Steven J. Harris of St. Issac Jogues Catholic Church in Wayne, Pa.
Rev. Daniel J. Hoy of Our Lady of the Assumption in Strafford, Pa.
Fr. Andrew McCormick of Sacred Heart in Swedesburg, Pa.
Fr. Peter Talocci of St. Patrick’s in Malvern, Pa.
Fr. Phillip Barr
Fr. John Bowe
Fr. George Cadwallader
Fr. Paul Castellani
Fr. Michael Chapman
Msgr. Frances Feret
Fr. Mark Gaspar
Msgr. Joseph Logrip
Fr. Zachary Navit
Fr. Leonard Peterson
Fr. Robert Povish
Fr. John Reardon
Fr. Thomas J. Rooney

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  1. Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh says:
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    Having met many men and women who have been sexually abused by priests, I am impressed by how attorneys in Philadelphia have been able to break through the lies of the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and bring some predators to justice.

    As a Catholic family physician, I am outraged by what Pope Benedict XVI and the hierarchy have allowed to continue on a worldwide basis.

    In 2001, the Pope, then known as Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the office of faith and morals in charge of cases of priest sex abuse, added excommunication to any Cardinal, Bishop, priest or lay person who would dare speak of priest sex abuse.

    Pope Benedict XVI claims to be above the law. The American lawyer defending the Vatican claims diplomatic immunity for the Pope and Vatican as a sovereign state, eventhough it is a small area in the city of Rome.

    An excellent new book, THE CASE OF THE POPE, written by Geoffrey Robertson, Queens Counsel, human rights lawyer, and judge at the UN questions the nebulous claims of the Pope and diplomatic immunity.

    It is time that the Pope and hierarchy are investigated and an end be put to their secrets and deceptions for justice for the survivors and for the protection of children now and in the future. Thankyou for the work that you are doing.

    Sincerely, Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh, Chicago,IL.

  2. Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh says:
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    Having met many men and women who have been sexually abused by priests, I am impressed by how attorneys in Philadelphia have been able to break through the lies of the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and bring some predators to justice.

    As a Catholic family physician, I am outraged by what Pope Benedict XVI and the hierarchy have allowed to continue on a worldwide basis.

    In 2001, the Pope, then known as Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the office of faith and morals in charge of cases of priest sex abuse, added excommunication to any Cardinal, Bishop, priest or lay person who would dare speak of priest sex abuse.

    Pope Benedict XVI claims to be above the law. The American lawyer defending the Vatican claims diplomatic immunity for the Pope and Vatican as a sovereign state, eventhough it is a small area in the city of Rome.

    An excellent new book, THE CASE OF THE POPE, written by Geoffrey Robertson, Queens Counsel, human rights lawyer, and judge at the UN questions the nebulous claims of the Pope and diplomatic immunity.

    It is time that the Pope and hierarchy are investigated and an end be put to their secrets and deceptions for justice for the survivors and for the protection of children now and in the future. Thankyou for the work that you are doing.

    Sincerely, Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh, Chicago,IL.

  3. JeannieGuzman says:
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    The Vatican, 2002 Directive, of which Dr. McHugh speaks is called, “Crimen Sollicitationis.” The English translation can be found by googling it. I encourage all to read it, as long as they can, before becoming sickened, by the spiritual barbarity of it. In Crimen, the Pope (thru the office of Cardinal Ratzinger’s CDF) directed all of the bishops of the world how to handle instances of Pedo-sex Pedophilia by priests, nuns, monks, etc. It directed them to intimidate victims and their parents with threats of hell fire and damnation to their eternal souls IF they were to “Bring SCANDAL to the Church,” by revealing any information outside of the Canon Court inquiries. Often the bishops didn’t wait for Canon Court trials and immediately threatened the victim and his or her parents not only with damnation but with legal threats, if they were to go to the police. “Crimen” addresses it all, and it is enough to make any Catholic, former Catholic, or anyone with any sense of morality to weep! Please google, “Crimen Sollicitationes English Translation” for yourself. Read it and Weep!

  4. mae says:
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    when does allegations make it true? How much are you getting paid?

  5. William says:
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    “More to the point, though, and
    contrary to the BBC’s claim, nowhere in
    Ad exsequendam is excommunication
    threatened; indeed, it is not even mentioned.
    Nor is excommunication threatened
    by Pope John Paul II in his prior
    enabling legislation, the apostolic letter
    Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela, published
    just a few weeks before Cardinal
    Ratzinger’s follow-up document, but
    never mentioned by the BBC. One must
    plumb the footnotes of Pope John
    Paul’s Sacramentorum even to find the
    word “excommunication”; and then it
    appears only in conjunction with
    offenses (such as desecration of the
    Eucharist in violation of Canon 1367)
    that are punishable by that censure.
    The BBC’s assertion that Cardinal
    Ratzinger’s 2001 letter threatened
    excommunication against anyone who
    disclosed clergy sexual abuse is false.
    Little wonder if trust levels among the
    British hierarchy are low in regard to
    treatment they can expect from the secular
    media.
    Obviously neither the pope’s nor the
    cardinal’s letters of 2001 were themselves
    secret, but so-called “papal
    secrecy” is mentioned briefly in them,
    without elaboration. The normal interpretation
    of “papal secrecy” would
    thus apply. These norms are widely
    available (see, e.g., AAS vol. 66, pp. 89-
    92). Dating to 1974, in substance they
    more or less parallel the confidentiality
    expectations one observes in government
    offices or attorney-client situations.
    They place no obligations of
    “secrecy” on victims of crimes and do
    not mandate excommunication for violating
    papal secrecy. Instead, as is obvious
    upon reading the norms, those
    who handle, among other things,
    canonical misconduct allegations as
    part of their official capacities are
    bound by ecclesiastical confidentiality.
    Disregarding reasonable standards of
    accuracy, the BBC… positively
    claimed that Cardinal Ratzinger’s 2001
    letter required abuse victims to be
    silent under pain of excommunication.
    In fact, Cardinal Raztinger’s letter said
    no such thing.”
    -Apostolic Signatura Lay Canonist Ed Peters Response to the BBC regarding pontifical secrecy

  6. george Young says:
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    Msgr. Joseph Logrip from St. Phillips and James Exton, PA Good thing he left when he did!!

  7. Judy Jones says:
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    We urge anyone who has knowledge or may have been harmed by any of these priests who are on this list, to call police officials or Philadelphia prosecutor Seth Williams, not church officials.

    Sex crimes, however old, should be investigated by the independent professionals in law enforcement, not the biased amateurs in church offices.

    Keep in mind your silence only hurts, but by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Also, know that you are not alone, and there is help and healing.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests”
    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

  8. padre says:
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    This “professor” eileen is lying about Cardinal Ratzinger. In fact, he took the problem of clergy sexual abuse into his dicastery in order to more effectively deal with it. Excommunication? Give me a break. This so-called dr knows nothing about Canon Law and should not write about certain subjects and expose her ignorance. You don’t have to accept the message of the Church but don’t lie when you want to criticize her. There are enough facts that are damning in themselves.
    Anyone who abuses a minor should be shot. However, this blogger is misleading because he says these recently suspended 21 priests were accused of sexual abuse. Not true. Most of them were alleged to have violated nebulous “boundary” issues. I know of one case where the priest kissed a child after Mass while greeting the people. This is predatory behavior?

  9. Ana says:
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    Before judge and trough the first srone in all these priests, you should know that none all of them are sex offenders. Some of them are in the list because in their parish was one abusive priest, such is the case of father Logrip, he is not the perpetrator, but is associated with one.

  10. Hanora Brennan says:
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    Why are you griping over the media’s treatment of the Church? Hasn’t the Church fooled their congregation for a good 2,000 years? Here in Ireland they had this country in a stranglehold that was unbearable hence the societal problems we have encountered. They have learned nothing since the Abuse scandals broke, in point of fact, their arrogance and insensitivity has been illustrated to the world at large. Sean Brady bullied a 10 and 12 year old child over the Brendan Smyth affair and their punishment was to be excommunication!!! You won’t have to ‘plumb’ to any depths in any document – just Google or should that be ‘ogle’?

  11. Fran says:
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    I agree…these 21 priests are not sexual abusers. One of them is from my parish and we all stand behind him. He is not guilty of anything. I hope we get him back soon.

  12. tom k says:
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    I knew Logrip in the early 70’s as a parish priest. I thought he was a great priest and would be shocked if he was an abuser. I saw him a few years ago and he doesn’t seem to have any of the traits. Other than being named, there doesn’t seem to be any additional information.

  13. John L says:
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    I am extremely suspicious of these charges. I was an altar boy and interacted with a number of priests. I never experienced or heard any of my friends talk about abuse. Now, I found out Fr. Andrew McCormick is listed among the accused. Are you kidding me? Fr. McCormick celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass at my church. He’s the last person I would believe could be part of something so evil as child abuse. I have seen the way he interacts with adults and children. Of all the priests I have ever met, he seems the most committed to God and is particularly devoted to the Blessed Virgin. I was absolutely shocked when I heard he was listed as one of the accused. My second thought was this is yet another attack against the Faith. Look up “Dr. Rosemary Eileen McHugh catholic” on Google. She is carrying out a personal campaign against the Church. This is not surprising as she supports Barack Obama, a fervent pro-abortionist. http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/president-obama-lifted-nation-last-night True Catholics, get ready for battle. Pray for your priests and your Church. We are under seige from without and within.

  14. Joh L says:
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    JeanieGuzman, I was so affected by your passion that I took your advice and read “Crimen Sollicitations English Translation.” First, you spelled it incorrectly. Second, you are a fool or a liar or both. The document lays out how to keep all persons’ identities safe during the course of an inquiry and how to carry out the inquiry. It names protections for both the accused and the accuser. It absolutely denounces the acts themselves. Do you notice that it named “any obscene external deed, gravely sinful, in any perpetrated by the cleric or attempt with youths of either sex or brute animals” “The Worst Crime?” You will find it on page 16, in case you didn’t get that far. The document composers obviously recognized that unless the cases remained secret, the clergy and the Church would be tried in the public. Once the stain of accusation is made,it never leaves the accused’s reputation, whether deserved or undeserved. Finally, if someone brings scandal to the Church they will indeed incur the wrath of God. Therefore, warning the person makes complete sense. What will you say to Him upon your death if you were wrong and you scandalized His Church? “Sorry, Lord. I didn’t know the guy was lying. I didn’t know he wanted quick cash and saw a soft target. I didn’t know I helped turn people away from Your Church” Is that what you will say? JeanieGuzman, your words bring scandal to the Church and are forever saved on the internet. May God have mercy on your soul.