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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Statement on Msgr. Joseph L. Logrip

press release/Dec. 8, 2019
 
Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip was placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties were restricted in January 2019 following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the early 1980s. That allegation has been Press releasesubstantiated and he has been found unsuitable for ministry.
 
Contextual Background Regarding Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip
 
Previous Administrative Leave Case (2011)
 
Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip was previously placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties were restricted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia following the March 2011 Philadelphia Grand Jury Report. That action was taken based on an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor over two decades before that time. 
 
The allegation was referred to law enforcement and public announcements were made to the media as well as the parish communities where Monsignor Logrip had been serving at that time.  
 
The required canonical (church) investigation of Monsignor Logrip was launched after law enforcement declined to press charges in that matter. The Archdiocesan Office of Investigations (AOI) undertook that canonical process. 
 
The AOI is responsible for conducting internal and canonical investigations following the conclusion of work performed by civil authorities. At the time it investigated Monsignor Logrip the AOI was headed by a former Deputy District Attorney for the City and County of Philadelphia. Currently, the office is led by a former First Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of Philadelphia. The AOI also performs investigations in matters that center on alleged activity that is not illegal in nature, but that may violate The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries established by the Archdiocese. 
 
The Director of the AOI oversees the work noted above and is the liaison between the Archbishop and the Archdiocesan Professional Responsibilities Review Board (APRRB). The APRRB was established in 2002 and functions as a confidential advisory body to the Archbishop. It is composed of 12 men and women, both Catholic and non-Catholic, who possess extensive professional experience in investigation, prosecution, child abuse prevention, victim services, and the treatment of sexual offenders. Information regarding the credentials of the APRRB’s members is available at 
 
The APRRB receives the results of canonical investigations conducted by the Office of Investigations. The APRRB then evaluates all facts and makes a recommendation to the Archbishop regarding an individual cleric’s suitability for ministry so that he can make a decision in the matter.
 
In 2014, this board recommended to the Archbishop that Monsignor Logrip was suitable for ministry based on an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. Archbishop Chaput accepted that recommendation and determined that Monsignor Logrip was suitable for ministry. 
 
Upon his return to ministry, Monsignor Logrip began serving as a Chaplain at Camilla Hall, a retirement home for female religious in Malvern (Chester County), and as a weekend assistant at Saint Peter Parish in West Brandywine (Chester County). 
 
Information about the 2014 finding regarding Monsignor Logrip’s suitability for ministry can be found at http://archphila.org/press%20releases/pr002385.php
 
Current Administrative Leave Case (2019)
 
A new allegation that Monsignor Logrip sexually abused a minor in the early 1980s was received by the Archdiocese in late 2018. This matter was referred to law enforcement at that time and the Archdiocese cooperated fully with authorities in the course of their investigation. 
 
As a result of the new allegation, Monsignor Logrip was placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties were restricted in January 2019. Since being placed on administrative leave, he has not been permitted to exercise his ministry public, present himself publicly as a priest, or be present in any parishes or schools. 
 
The information above was shared with residents at Camilla Hall as well as with parishioners at Saint Peter Parish in West Brandywine and the news media in January 2019 when Monsignor Logrip was placed on administrative leave. Counselors were also made available to parishioners at that time.
 
 
Today’s Announcement Regarding Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip
 
Following the completion of investigative work by law enforcement in conjunction with the allegation leading to Monsignor Logrip’s most recent administrative leave, no criminal charges were filed. At that time, the required canonical (church) investigation of this matter commenced. That investigation was conducted by the AOI in the same manner noted above. 
 
The results of the investigation were forwarded to the APRRB. After evaluating all facts, the APRRB recommended to the Archbishop that Monsignor Logrip was unsuitable for ministry based on a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. Archbishop Chaput accepted that recommendation and determined that Monsignor Logrip is unsuitable for ministry. His case will now be forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican in keeping with procedure for the formal canonical process. 
 
The information above was shared with residents at Camilla Hall and with parishioners at Saint Peter Parish in West Brandywine at all Masses this weekend. Counselors were also made available to those parishioners at all Masses. 
 
Biographical Information Regarding Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip
 
Monsignor Logrip is 74 years old. He was ordained in 1972. He has served at the following parishes, schools and offices: Saint Ignatius, Yardley (1972-1974); Saint Rose of Lima, North Wales (1974-1975); Bishop Kenrick High School (1974-1983); Epiphany of Our Lord, Plymouth Meeting (1975-1981); Saint Gabriel’s Hall (1981-1983); Archbishop Carroll High School (1983-1990); Saint Francis of Assisi, Norristown (1990-1992); Saint Monica, Philadelphia (1992-1994); Mater Dolorosa, Philadelphia (1994-2000); Immaculate Conception, Levittown (2000-2007); Saints Philip and James, Exton (2007-2008); Mother of Divine Grace, Philadelphia (2008-2010); Chaplain, Saint Mary Manor (2010-2011); Saint Stanislaus, Lansdale (2010-2011); placed on administrative leave and faculties restricted (2011); found suitable for ministry (2014); Chaplain, Camilla Hall (2014-2019); Saint Peter Parish, West Brandywine (2017-2019); placed on administrative leave and faculties restricted (2019); found unsuitable for ministry (2019).
 
To Make a Report
 
We recognize that today’s public notice may be painful to victims of sexual violence and exploitation. If you need support or assistance, victim services are available to you through the Victim Assistance Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or philavac@archphila.org.
 
If you would like to report an allegation of sexual abuse or any other criminal activity perpetrated by a priest, deacon, employee, or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, contact your local law enforcement agency and/or the Office for Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.
 
If you would like to report a violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries, contact the Archdiocesan Office for Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.

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