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Accused priest allowed to return to ministry

A priest ac­cused of mo­lest­ing minors who has been on leave since 2011 has been ruled suit­able to re­turn to min­istry, Arch­bish­op Charles Chaput, lead­er of Phil­adelphia’s Ro­man Cath­ol­ic Arch­diocese, an­nounced Sunday.

The case of Monsignor Joseph Logrip, who had worked in Frank­ford’s Ma­ter Dol­orosa par­ish in the 1990s, was the last re­main­ing case of priests placed on ad­min­is­trat­ive leave fol­low­ing the Feb­ru­ary 2011 Grand Jury Re­port on sexu­al ab­use of minors by the city’s Cath­ol­ic clergy, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the arch­diocese June 8. 

While on ad­min­is­trat­ive leave, priests are not per­mit­ted to ex­er­cise their pub­lic min­istry, ad­min­is­ter any of the sac­ra­ments, or present them­selves pub­licly as priests.

The arch­bish­op de­cided the al­leg­a­tions that Logrip, 67, sexu­ally ab­used minors more than 20 years ago are un­sub­stan­ti­ated.

Spe­cif­ics of those charges were not de­tailed. 

The Logrip an­nounce­ment im­me­di­ately was cri­ti­cized by Dav­id Clo­hessy of St. Louis, dir­ect­or of SNAP, the Sur­viv­ors Net­work of those Ab­used by Priests.

“An­oth­er al­leged pred­at­or priest — ac­cused of both mo­lest­ing kids and ig­nor­ing the mo­lesta­tion of a kid — is be­ing put back on the job with no ex­plan­a­tion what­so­ever,” Clo­hessy wrote in an email dis­trib­uted to me­dia out­lets.

Not only did Logrip face al­leg­a­tions he mo­les­ted minors, Clo­hessy stated, but, cit­ing a 2011 Phil­adelphia In­quirer art­icle, said Logrip also was ac­cused of know­ing about an­oth­er priest’s sexu­al ab­use of a minor, and did noth­ing.

Monsignor Logrip’s case was sub­mit­ted to law-en­force­ment au­thor­it­ies be­fore the church began its in­vest­ig­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the arch­diocese, but Logrip was not charged. He was then in­vest­ig­ated by the arch­dioces­an Multi-Dis­cip­lin­ary Team and the Arch­dioces­an Of­fice of In­vest­ig­a­tions.

“The res­ults of this pro­cess were sub­mit­ted to the Arch­dioces­an Pro­fes­sion­al Re­spons­ib­il­ity Re­view Board. The APRRB is com­prised of twelve men and wo­men, both Cath­ol­ic and non-Cath­ol­ic, with ex­tens­ive pro­fes­sion­al back­grounds in the in­vest­ig­a­tion and treat­ment of child sexu­al ab­use. It func­tions as a con­fid­en­tial ad­vis­ory com­mit­tee to the Arch­bish­op, which as­sesses al­leg­a­tions of sexu­al ab­use as well as al­leg­a­tions of vi­ol­a­tions of The Stand­ards of Min­is­teri­al Be­ha­vi­or and Bound­ar­ies. This body provided a re­com­mend­a­tion as to suit­ab­il­ity for min­istry to the Arch­bish­op, who made the fi­nal de­cision,” ac­cord­ing to the arch­diocese.

In 2012 and 2013, Chaput an­nounced res­ol­u­tions of the cases of 25 priests put on leave. Ten were found suit­able for min­istry; 14 oth­ers were found un­suit­able. One priest died be­fore an in­vest­ig­a­tion was com­plete.

Logrip was or­dained in 1972. Dur­ing his ca­reer, he served in sev­er­al par­ishes and schools in and around Phil­adelphia. He was at Ma­ter Dol­orosa from 1994 to 2000.

The par­ish closed last year. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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