Several months ago, the Philadelphia Archdiocese removed 5 priests from the ministry. The Archdiocese did not release any specific information about reasons for their removal. However, the priests were removed as a result of an internal investigation, prompted by the 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report about the pervasiveness of priest sex abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
Priest abuse is indeed pervasive. Child molesters often abuse as many victims as they can. There is hardly a case where a child abuser has abused just one child. Instead, there is a trail of victims over the abuser’s life span.
Priests are no different and because of the public’s trust, priests often have unfettered access to children. Years ago, parents thought nothing of their parish priest taking their child on an overnight stay. The sad reality is that this is precisely the kind of thinking which allowed abusers to continue the abuse and to abuse other children.
The priests who were removed are:
- George Cadwallader,
- Francis Feret,
- Robert Povish,
- John Reardon, and
- Thomas Rooney.
Anyone with information about these priests and victims of sex abuse may call the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3252 or the District Attorney’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit at 215-686-8080.
Related Priest Sex Abuse Legal Articles:
- Pennsylvania’s Criminal and Civil Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse
- How to Decide to File a Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against a Priest or Clergy Member
Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Civil Lawyer
For more information, contact Brian Kent, a former sex crimes unit prosecutor and now civil sex abuse victims lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Kent offers free, confidential consultations to all victims of sex abuse. 800.220.7600
Published: August 30, 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