Archdiocese of Baltimore removes the faculties of an elderly priest; SNAP responds

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has removed the faculties of an 81-year-old Catholic priest following allegations of "sexual misconduct" with a minor. The Franciscan cleric has also been suspended from public ministry by his superiors in that order.

According to the Archdiocese, the allegations against Fr. Romuald Meogrossi were immediately reported to law enforcement. Since 2018 Fr. Meogrossi has been a priest in residence at St. Michael the Archangel Friary. The cleric worked at the Church of the Annunciation and St. Clement Mary Hofbauer. Fr. Meogrossi resided at the St. Casimir Friary in Baltimore from 2001 to 2018 and at the St. Joseph Cupertino Friary in Ellicott City from 1982-2001 and from 1973 to 1976. Over the years, the priest also worked at the Suburban Pastoral Counseling Center. In addition, Fr. Meogrossi was in residence and worked at Archbishop Curley High School from 1963 to 1964 and at then-Loyola College from 1995 to 1996.

Until several years ago, Fr. Meogrossi engaged in practice as a licensed clinical professional counselor. The accusation apparently stems from 2006 and occurred during therapy.

We encourage anyone who may have been a victim of Fr. Meogrossi to report their experience directly to civil authorities and to not contact the Church themselves, despite the recommendations of the Archdiocese in their press statement.

While we understand that this investigation is in the early stages, we know that it is best for any survivor of abuse to have help from those who will believe them. Consequently, we always encourage victims to contact law enforcement personally to report crimes and to reach out to SNAP for support. Our volunteer Maryland leader, David Lorenz, is available by email or phone.

CONTACT: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager (267-261-0578, [email protected]), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009, [email protected]), David Lorenz, Maryland SNAP Leader (301-262-6517, Cell: 301-906-9161, [email protected])    

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