Archdiocese Philadelphia Priests Sex Abuse Scandal – The 21 Priests


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After last year’s Philadelphia Grand Jury Report of February, 2011, the Philadelphia Archdiocese put 21 priests on administrative leave pending investigations. This year, the fate of roughly half of those priests was decided. The following is a list of the priests deemed “unsuitable for ministry”:

  • *Rev. John Bowe,
  • **Rev. David Givey,
  • Msgr. George J. Mazzotta,
  • Msgr. Hugh P. Campbell,
  • Rev. Robert Povish,
  • Rev. John Reardon,
  • Rev. Thomas Rooney,
  • Rev. Monsignor Francis Feret, and
  • Rev. George Cadwallader.

*Father John Bowe’s history includes service at these Philadelphia area churches:

Saint Agnes in West Chester (1973-1977),
Saint Bridget in Philadelphia (1977-1982),
John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School (1980-1982),
Blessed Virgin Mary in Darby (1982-1987),
Chaplain for the Pa. National Guard (1983-2004),
Holy Martyrs in Oreland (1987-1989),
Saint Agnes in Sellersville (1989-2005), and
Saint Joseph in Warrington (2005-2011).

**Father David Givey’s history includes service at these Philadelphia area churches:

Saint Katharine of Siena in Way (1971-1973),
Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor (1971-1973),
The Catholic Standard and Times (1973-1974, 1976, 1984-1991),
Pontifical University in Rome (1973-1976),
Temple University (1976-1978),
Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill (1978-1984),
Sisters of Mercy Convent in Merion (1980-1984),
Saint Agatha/Saint James in Philadelphia (1994-1996), and
Our Lady of Peace in Milmont Park (1996-2011).

For the following priests, the Archdiocese determined that the allegations were unsubstantiated:

  • Rev. Leonard Peterson,
  • Rev. Paul Castellani,
  • Rev. Msgr. John Close, and
  • Rev. Steven Harris.

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Published: August 16, 2012