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| Saunders and Walker

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


  1. Gravatar for Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh
    Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh

    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. Gravatar for JeannieGuzman

    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!

  3. Gravatar for mae

    when does allegations make it true? How much are you getting paid?

  4. Gravatar for William

    "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


    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

  5. Gravatar for george Young
    george Young

    Msgr. Joseph Logrip from St. Phillips and James Exton, PA Good thing he left when he did!!

  6. Gravatar for Judy Jones
    Judy Jones

    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

    "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests"

  7. Gravatar for padre

    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?

  8. Gravatar for Ana

    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.

  9. Gravatar for Hanora Brennan
    Hanora Brennan

    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'?

  10. Gravatar for Fran

    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.

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