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Oct 102012
 

The priest sex abuse scandal involving the Philadelphia Archdiocese has resulted in a number of dismissals. Philadelphia area priest, Thomas Rooney, was dismissed earlier this year. Several other priests were also dismissed:

  • George Cadwallader,
  • Francis Feret,
  • Robert Povish, and
  • John Reardon.

Philadelphia Priest Thomas Rooney

Thomas Rooney is 61 years old and was ordained in 1981. He was removed for the same reasons as Cadwallader, Feret, and Povish, for a substantiated violation of the behavior standards. He was at Immaculate Mary Home when he was placed on leave. Of note is that he was placed on personal leave from 2007-2009. His prior assignments include:

  • Saint Bartholomew, Philadelphia (from 1991-1995),
  • Saint Dominic, Philadelphia (from 1995-1997),
  • Resurrection of Our Lord, Philadelphia (from 1997-2000),
  • Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, Fairless Hills (from 2000-2001),
  • Saint Christopher, Philadelphia (from 2001-2005), and
  • Saint Dorothy, Drexel Hill (from 2005-2007).

Anyone with any information about priest abuse, clergy abuse, child sexual abuse or sexual abuse is urged to contact the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office:

  • Special Victims Unit: 215-685-3252
  • Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit: 215-686-8080

Contacting the District Attorney’s office can be overwhelming. Mr. Kent offers free, confidential consultations to all victims of sex abuse. 800.220.7600

Related Philadelphia Priest Abuse Legal Articles:

Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Civil Attorney – Representation by a Former Sex Crimes Unit Prosecutor

For more information, contact Brian Kent, a former sex crimes unit prosecutor and now civil sex abuse victims lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Published: October 10, 2012

Sources: http://catholicphilly.com/media-files/2012/05/Archbishop-Chaput-remarks-at-press-conference.pdf; http://archphila.org/HHHIC/doc/Priest%20AL_Resolution%20Chart_05-04-2012.pdf

 Posted by on October 10, 2012 Priest/Pastor Sex Abuse