Priests who served in Ch­ester County face new sex charges

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PHILADEL­PHIA >> A Catholic priest who served at Bishop Shana­han in Down­ing­town was found to be “not suitable for min­istry” fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that he sex­u­ally abuse a mi­nor in the 1980s, and a Catholic priest who served at Saints Philip and James in Ex­ton has been placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave af­ter a new claim that he sex­u­ally abused a mi­nor in the 1980s.

A Philadel­phia-area priest, Rev. John F. Mey­ers, 64, was also found to be not suitable for min­istry fol­low­ing sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tions, the Philadel­phia Arch­dio­cese an­nounced Sun­day, not­ing

that is re­fer­ring the al­le­ga­tion to law en­force­ment.

The Rev. Ray­mond Smart, 74, was em­ployed at Bishop Shana­han High School from 1991 to 1995 and the Rev. Mon­signor Joseph L. Lo­grip, 73, served at Saints Philip and James in Ex­ton from 2007 to 2008.

The al­le­ga­tions comes on the heels of a Penn­syl­va­nia grand jury re­port that found Ro­man Catholic lead­ers in Penn­syl­va­nia had cov­ered up decades of child sex abuse dat­ing back to the 1940s in­volv­ing hun­dreds of priests and more than 1,000 vic­tims.

Lo­grip was pre­vi­ously placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave and had his priestly fac­ul­ties re­stricted by the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia fol­low­ing the March 2011 Philadel­phia Grand Jury Re­port and 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.

In 2014, it was rec­om­mended that Arch­bishop that Mon­signor Lo­grip was suitable for min­istry based on an un­sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual abuse of a mi­nor. Arch­bishop Charles Cha­put ac­cepted that rec­om­men­da­tion and de­ter­mined that Mon­signor Lo­grip was suitable for min­istry. Since that time, he has served as a Chap­lain at Camilla Hall, a re­tire­ment home for fe­male re­li­gious, and as a week­end as­sis­tant at Saint Peter Par­ish in West Brand­wyine.

A new al­le­ga­tion that Mon­signor Lo­grip sex­u­ally abused a mi­nor sev­eral decades ago was re­cently re­ceived by the Arch­dio­cese. This mat­ter has been re­ferred to law en­force­ment and the Arch­dio­cese will co­op­er­ate 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 ear­lier this week. While on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave he will not be able 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 at all Masses this week­end. Coun­selors were also made avail­able to parish­ioners at all Masses at that par­ish.

Lo­grip 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 (19741983); 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 (20072008); Mother of Di­vine Grace, Philadel­phia (20082010); 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).

Rev­erend Smart has not served in any par­ish or school since 1995 due to poor health. He has been re­tired and liv­ing in a pri­vate res­i­dence since 2002. In April 2011 the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia re­ceived an al­le­ga­tion from a third party com­plainant that Father Smart had sex­u­ally abused a mi­nor. This

al­le­ga­tion was re­ferred to law en­force­ment and no crim­i­nal charges were filed. No an­nounce­ments re­gard­ing this al­le­ga­tion were made as the com­plainant did not pro­vide in­for­ma­tion as to where the abuse was al­leged to have oc­curred.

In Septem­ber 2011, it was rec­om­mended to the Arch­bishop that the al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual abuse of a mi­nor lodged against Father Smart was un­sub­stan­ti­ated. Arch­bishop Cha­put ac­cepted that rec­om­men­da­tion. Father Smart re­tained his priestly fac­ul­ties, but re­mained in­ac­tive due to his poor health.

In Jan­uary 2016, the Arch­dio­cese re­ceived an al­le­ga­tion that Father Smart had vi­o­lated The Stan­dards of Min­is­te­rial Be­hav­ior and Bound­aries. This mat­ter re­lated to al­leged mis­con­duct with an adult and did not con­sti­tute al­leged crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

The al­le­ga­tion was in­ves­ti­gated by the AOI. The find­ings of that in­ves­ti­ga­tion were pre­sented to the

APRRB fol­low­ing the process noted above. In Fe­bru­ary 2017, the APRRB rec­om­mended to Arch­bishop Cha­put that the al­leged vi­o­la­tion of The Stan­dards of Min­is­te­rial Be­hav­ior and Bound­aries was sub­stan­ti­ated and that Father Smart’s priestly fac­ul­ties be for­mally re­stricted. Arch­bishop Cha­put ac­cepted that rec­om­men­da­tion and Father Smart’s priestly fac­ul­ties were for­mally re­stricted at that time. He re­mained in­ac­tive due to his poor health.

In the spring of 2017, the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia re­ceived an al­le­ga­tion that Father Smart had sex­u­ally abuse a mi­nor in the early 1980s.

The al­le­ga­tion was re­ferred to law en­force­ment and the Arch­dio­cese co­op­er­ated with au­thor­i­ties in the course of their work.

Smart was or­dained in 1970. He has served at the fol­low­ing parishes, schools, and of­fices in the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia: Saint He­lena Par­ish, Cen­ter Square (1970-1974); New­man

Chap­lain, Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege (1971-1974); Saint Pius X High School, Pottstown (1974-1982); Saint Hu­bert Catholic High School for Girls, Philadel­phia (19821983); Chap­lain, Saint Gabriel’s Hall, Audubon (19831989); Bishop Ken­rick High School, Nor­ris­town (19831991); Bishop Shana­han High School, Down­ing­town (1991-1995); health leave (1995-2002); re­tired (2002); priestly fac­ul­ties re­stricted (2017); found un­suit­able for min­istry (2019).

Vic­tim ser­vices are avail­able to the pub­lic through the Vic­tim As­sis­tance Of­fice of the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia at 1-888-8008780 or [email protected]­phila.org.

Those who 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.

JAC­QUE­LYN MARTIN—AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at­tends a round­table dis­cus­sion on bor­der se­cu­rity with lo­cal lead­ers, Fri­day Jan. 11, 2019, in the Cab­i­net Room of the White House in Wash­ing­ton.

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