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Two more priests found unsuitable for ministry

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Two more priests can’t be priests any­more.

Phil­adelphia’s Ro­man Cath­ol­ic arch­diocese that Monsignor George Maz­zo­tta and Monsignor Hugh Camp­bell have been found un­suit­able for min­istry be­cause of re­ports they had sexu­ally ab­used minors.

Neither one may have a pub­lic min­istry, wear cler­ic­al garb or present him­self as a priest, the arch­diocese an­nounced in a news re­lease Sunday af­ter­noon. Neither man, ac­cord­ing to in­form­a­tion in that re­lease, has ties to North­east Phil­adelphia.

The arch­diocese in May 2010 re­ceived an al­leg­a­tion about Maz­zo­tta, 73, and re­por­ted it to law en­force­ment. Arch­bish­op Charles Chaput de­term­ined Maz­zo­tta was un­suit­able for min­istry, and the priest has agreed to ac­cept a su­per­vised life of pray­er and pen­ance.

Earli­er this month, the arch­bish­op an­nounced his de­cision re­gard­ing eight of 26 priests who had been put on leave in Feb­ru­ary 2011 after a Phil­adelphia grand jury re­por­ted sev­er­al priests against whom there were cred­ible sexu­al ab­use al­leg­a­tions were still in min­istry. In its re­lease Sunday, the arch­diocese said the Maz­zo­tta and Camp­bell cases were not re­lated to those oth­er cases.

Maz­zo­tta was or­dained in 1988 and spent much of his ca­reer in the sub­urbs. He was work­ing in Stella Mar­is par­ish in Phil­adelphia in 2010.

Camp­bell, 77, a re­tired priest, was found not suit­able for min­istry fol­low­ing self-re­por­ted sexu­al ab­use of a minor in Decem­ber 2011. Camp­bell, too, has agreed to ac­cept a su­per­vised life of pray­er and pen­ance.

Camp­bell was or­dained in 1961. His last act­ive as­sign­ment was St. Max­imili­an Kolbe in West Chester. ••

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