For immediate release: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
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 no explanation whatsoever.
Msgr. Joseph Logrip faced allegations, according to the archdiocese, of sexually violating “minors.” Notice the plural. Few bishops in recent years have put priests facing multiple allegations back into parishes.
He also faced allegations, according to the Philly Inquirer, of knowing of an “attack” on a child by a priest but doing “nothing.”
So despite allegations of wrongdoing that first surfaced publicly in 2005 and 2011, Archbishop Charles Chaput is recklessly putting Msgr. Logrip back around children. Regarding the “enabling” abuse charge, Chaput says nothing. Regarding the abuse charges, Chaput says virtually nothing (except one word: “unsubstantiated).
Catholics, citizens and children deserve better. Whatever became of Chaput's repeated pledges to be “open and transparent” about clergy sex cases? Where's a real explanation of what Msgr. Logrip did and didn't do?
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes in Philly – by Logrip or other clerics – will step forward, find help, call police, protect kids, expose wrongdoers and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Karen Polesir, Philly SNAP leader, 267-992-9463, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am aware of some of the circumstances surrounding (then) Fr Logrip’s assistant pastor’s abuse of a minor and Logrip’s reporting this crime to his superiors at the Archdiocese, which, unfortunately, was standard operating procedure at the time. It was not Logrip’s responsibility to report this crime to the civil authorities. As a result of Logrip’s action,
the offender was removed from the parish. Fr. Logrip testified before the first Grand Jury regarding this matter in the early ’90’s.
It is unjust to ignore these facts.
Yes, Fr. Logrip was ‘following procedure’ in this incident, and extremely unfortunately the procedure allowed monsters to have their wrists slapped and return to active ministry to again abuse our innocent children.
Admittedly I am not aware of the allegations that led to Logrip’s removal from active ministry, but I am confident that the three year investigation was thorough.
David Clohessy obviously believes that every allegation of child abuse must be legitimate and that no accused priest could ever be innocent. I know Mgr. Logrip and I believe that he was unjustly accused.