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Names of Suspended Priests Released; Local Preist on List (Updated)

Update: 3/11/11: Three Local Priests Suspended

By Tom Sofield
Editor – (tsofield@buxmontnews.com)

The Philadelphia Archdiocese has suspended 21 local priest after a grand jury revealed the men as child molestation suspects, one of the men works at a local perish.

Parochial Vicar Reverend George Cadwallader, who is listed on the St. Vincent de Paul Parish website has been suspended, after the release of the grand jury report, confirmed an archdiocese spokesperson.The perish is located on Hatboro Road in the Richboro section of Northampton.

Cardinal Justin Rigali said, at today’s Ash Wednesday service, that during the process when the archdiocese reviews the 21 men’s cases there is no presumption of guilt.

“As we strive to move forward today,” Cardinal Rigali said of the suspensions, “I wish to express again my sorrow for the sexual abuse of minors committed by any members of the Church, especially clergy. I am truly sorry for the harm done to the victims of sexual abuse, as well as to the members of our community who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime.”

During Cardinal Rigali’s homily at today’s service he said these words:

Once again, we renew our commitment to make every possible effort to prevent these evil acts and to protect children from harm.

In this spirit, as I announced yesterday, the Archdiocese is having re-examined, cases of concern to the Grand Jury about allegations of abuse of minors or boundary issues of some priests.  We are likewise re-evaluating the way we handle allegations.  The protection of children is paramount.

Whoever harms a child must remember the words of Jesus: “…it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Mt 18:6).

A woman who answered the phone at the church said she could not comment.

A full list of the suspended priests names and perishes can be found on Philly.com.

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  1. March 11, 2011 at 9:32 AM

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