Double Trouble:

Second Investigation of Msgr. Logrip Reveals Two Archdiocesan Sins of Omission

It was deja vu when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia recently announced that Msgr. Joseph Logrip would be placed on administrative leave while being investigated for an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. Logrip was first placed on administrative leave for an earlier investigation in 2011, along with 26 other Archdiocesan priests. He was reinstated in 2014.

Along with this second investigation, a related mystery has reemerged. When a priest is found unsuitable for ministry or placed on administrative leave, the Archdiocese includes that priest’s assignments in the removal announcement. But Logrip’s decades-spanning involvement with St. Aloysius Academy for Boys is missing in BOTH the 2011 and 2019 removal announcements.

Located in Bryn Mawr, St. Aloysius Academy is an all-boys, private, Catholic school for grades K through 8. It’s administered by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Logrip seems to have served as the school chaplain for many years. A book published in 1995, celebrating the Academy’s 100th anniversary year, reveals the following:

  • A photo of Msgr. Logrip from 1978 identifying him as the school chaplain.
  • In 1988, during Catholic Schools week, Msgr. Logrip blessed the new chapel at the main school building.
  • In the 1980’s the First Friday Masses were celebrated by Msgr. Logrip
  • In the 1990’s he celebrated the opening school Mass that kicked off the centennial celebration year for the school.
  • At the Centennial Gala dinner he gave the benediction and is identified as the school chaplain.

A former St. Aloysius student remembers Logrip being on the school campus a few times each week during the late 1980’s through the mid-1990’s. He says the priest was often accompanied by St. Charles seminarians.

Logrip is mentioned in a lawsuit filed in 2011 by a former student alleging abuse by Father Martin Satchell in the early 1990’s. Satchell seems to have been a seminarian at the time of the abuse. The former student alleges he told Msgr. Logrip in 1995 that someone had hurt him but that Logrip did nothing to help him.

Despite Logrip’s well-documented history at the school, nothing pertaining to his time at St. Aloysius is mentioned in the 2011 or 2019 official Archdiocesan removal announcements.

Back in 2014, we asked the Archdiocese why St. Aloysius was missing from Logrip’s list of assignments. They responded that Logrip had volunteered as their chaplain. They hadn’t assigned him. But they knew about it! A subtle distinction was their reason for omitting information that could aid an investigation, inform the public and spur important conversations among those who attended or worked at the school.

It seems the Archdiocesan definition of transparency and accountability is very, very limited.

In 2019, with Logrip’s second removal for investigation, in an era where transparency is preached from the pulpit, the Archdiocese had a second chance to get it right. They failed. Did they forget we are watching?

Once again, they withheld Logrip’s long history with St. Aloysius Academy for Boys.

One has to wonder why?

Will Laws Prior to 2007 Allow Lynn to Walk?

Click here to read:  “Monsignor Lynn makes case that he was wrongly convicted in Philly priest-abuse case,” by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press, DelcoTimes.com, September 17, 2013

Excerpt: “I did not intend any harm to come to (Avery’s victim). The fact is, my best was not good enough to stop that harm,” Lynn said at his sentencing. “I am a parish priest. I should have stayed (one).”

Editor’s note: Dear Msgr. Lynn, Perhaps you should have stayed a parish priest. But would it be right for a parish priest to remain silent or allow the coverup of child sex abuse? No.

After All That I Now Know, How Can I Still Go to Church?

by Father Christopher M. Walsh, Pastor, Saint Raymond of Penafort Church

On Thursday, Archbishop Charles Chaput will be installed as the new Archbishop of Philadelphia.  His arrival from Denver brings with it a history of zealous preaching and a call to genuine conversion and holiness.  He is a proven communicator, a man who has led with integrity and displays a genuine care for each person he encounters.  He arrives in Philadelphia as the District Attorney is seeking access to Archbishop Emeritus Anthony Bevilacqua and preparing for the criminal trial of several priests, including the former Secretary of Clergy.  While the news has carried stories about Archbishop Chaput’s success throughout his years of service to the Church, the news has also revealed details of inner workings of the Archdiocese as it handled and mishandled cases in which children were sexually abused (or at least had their boundaries seriously violated) by employees of the Archdiocese, including priests.  While many of the faithful in the Archdiocese are truly excited by Archbishop Chaput’s arrival, many are also asking: after all that I now know, how can I still go to Church?

Since the expansive sexual abuse scandal began unfolding in 2002, starting in Boston and moving throughout the nation and the world, my thought process has evolved a great deal. Like many Catholics, I first thought that this was an attack by the media against the Catholic Church.  I attempted to downplay the reports as rhetoric and tried to ignore the ugly details when they were reported.  I believed that many victims were just looking for money and that the Church was an easy target.  As more of the story was revealed, my position evolved.  I came to admit that there was in fact a history of sexual abuse by priests and it was more widespread that I had imagined.  Crimes committed against children did happen, leaving victims and their families suffering at many levels.  I also began to believe that the administration of the Archdiocese has mishandled cases.  With these revelations, I maintained that while the Catholic Church had these problems, so did everybody else.  These problems exist in other Churches and Houses of Worship, as well as families, schools and organizations that serve young people.  I rationalized the problem; this is what happens, it is part of the broken human condition. I believed that people needed to accept that this happened, it was wrong, now let’s move forward.  Yet as I listened to people, especially those I met through Catholics4Change, I began to realize that people were not only not ready to move forward, they were not sure if they wanted to move forward.  At least, many of these people were not sure if they wanted to move forward with the Catholic Church.

It was with this realization that I made the most recent evolution in my thinking as I began to appreciate how hurt people are by what has happened.  Beyond the pain of those who have experienced the horror of sexual abuse in their life or the life of a loved one, there seems to be another suffering.  Even beyond the pain of those who have been hurt by leaders in our Church who lied to them as cases were handled poorly and perhaps criminally, there seems to be another suffering.  I am beginning to sense that this other suffering is a suffering that comes from the Church not being the Church.  Like others, I grew up believing that the Church was a gathering of people who desired to be close to God through lives of holiness and service.  Priests were supposed to be the image of Christ, not men who abused innocent children.  Bishops were supposed to be “shepherds of the flock”, not men who hid behind technicalities of the law and sought to promote their own image and career.  I believe the people of God are hurt, people are angry, and are not sure how they can still go to Church because this Church we love so much has disappointed us time and time again as this horror has been revealed.  The revelations that have come through testimony and reports of the Grand Jury, as well as the response of the Archdiocese, have caused the larger Catholic community to know the suffering that for years only victims knew.  It is the suffering of a broken Church.

As I have sat with the immensity of this reality I came to realize that our pain is also the pain of Christ Himself.  The sins that were committed by priests, bishops and others which have led to this horrific chapter in the life of the Church, are but some of the sins that put Christ on the Cross.  It was some of these very sins that caused Him to sweat blood that night in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Our pain in the midst of this crisis is the pain of Christ Himself.  Just as we are hurting, so too is Christ.  The way that many of us are experiencing the Church today is not the way Christ intended.  This broken Church is not the gathering He hoped for when He sent the Holy Spirit upon us at Pentecost.

As always, Christ wants to bring us the healing we desire.  I truly believe this and pray for it each day, especially for victims.  Yet Christ also needs us to minister in the Church. As Christ walked the Road to Calvary on Good Friday, the faithful disciples wiped his face, helped him shoulder the Cross, offered a supportive word, or were simply present to him.  They were there with Him while apostles, our first bishops, had walked away and were hiding.  In a similar way, in this hour of agony, as the Church, the Body of Christ, is suffering, Christ needs his faithful disciples to be present.  He needs us to stay and do what we are doing by calling for reform, being a voice for victims, seeking integrity in Church leadership, supporting the effort of others through prayer or simply being present to others who are in need of a comforting presence while this courageous battle is fought in our Church.  I know that for many Catholics, after all that we have come to know and experience in this broken Church, we question how can we go to Church?  Knowing this ugliness, how can we go to Church?  Feeling this disgust, how can we go to Church?  I appreciate the reality of this immense suffering and yet I still believe that God wants us to gather as his beloved people, God still wants us to be the Church.  I guess I keep coming back to the question, where else can we go?  We love the Church because we know that it is through the Church that we meet Jesus and through Jesus are drawn into a community as we journey to the Father and with the Father we experience the love we desire most.  Thus, like Peter we cry out: “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal like (John 6, 68).  I know that many are tired of giving the Church “another chance”, having been disappointed so many times when this chance was given in the past.  Yet, as a brother in Christ, I ask that you find it in your heart to try again.

As we look at the great reform movements of our Church throughout history, they have rarely come about through the ministry of a Pope or a Bishop.  The great reforms have come through ordinary people like Francis and Dominic, Philip Neri and Catherine of Siena, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila.  Not only were they not the powerful leaders of the Church, in many cases they were treated quite horribly by the Church leaders of their day.  They were misunderstood, judged, mocked and alienated.  Yet they remained focused on reform for one reason, they knew that the corruption in the Church was not the plan of God.  Furthermore, they know that in His humility, God needed them to be an instrument of reform.  Who will be the reformers today?  God needs you.

I rejoice that Archbishop Chaput is our new Archbishop, but I also know that he is but one man in a very large Archdiocese.  He will not be able to affect the kind of change that is necessary without each Catholic reclaiming the grace of our Baptism and living out the role of priest, prophet and king.  Each of us must seek the reform and renewal of the Church by seeking personal holiness and offering our lives as a sacrifice, speaking the truth in love and joining Christ in the building of the Kingdom the Father desires.  This opportunity excites me.  Therefore, as I wrestle with what I know about the Church and know that more will come out in the months ahead as trials begin, I will still go to Church and I am hopeful that I will see you there.  I hope that together we can pray, plan and support each other in this task that God has set before us: the reform of His Church.  It is broken and He has called us to part of the team that fixes it!

Editors’ notes:

Kathy Kane: Over the past few months I have been fortunate to have many lengthy conversations with Father Chris. I know many people feel abandoned right now, and being able to talk to Father Chris has really been a gift to me in many ways. Our conversations are brutally honest and I don’t hold back at all. I have sort of a love/hate feeling about our discussions. I love that he is respectful of my feelings. I hate that he makes some good points that make me think and reminds me of the Church I remember. I wish we could take our “show on the road” as many of my feelings reflect that of many laity in Philadelphia at this terrible time in the our Church.

What I have learned is that this is a process. If we stand on the sidelines screaming at one another with differing views, are we really accomplishing anything? I know how much I have learned over the past few months from the victims and families who have shared their personal journeys. Their courage amazes me everyday and challenges me on many levels. Hopefully I am able to use my voice to also bring a greater understanding in this crisis. Do I use my voice as a practicing Catholic or someone who no longer feels they can be a part of the Church? Is being Catholic about physically occupying a pew or about actually attempting to live out the Gospel message, Beatitudes and Spiritual Works of Mercy? I have met survivors who are still practicing Catholics and laity who have left in disgust over the horror that has occurred. It is a personal decision, one that many struggle with – everyday.

Susan Matthews: I didn’t realize how badly I needed to read this until I finished with tears streaming down my face. I’ve never been a theology expert of any kind. I only know what I’ve retained from Catholic School. While the media has sometimes described me as devout, I’m very much the “average” Catholic. But when the scandal broke in 2005 and then again in 2011, I felt as if my family and I had been robbed. As Kathy has often said, our Catholicism is a gift. It’s a gift I’ve sometimes taken for granted, neglected or questioned – but it was there for me. I felt that gift was taken away by the hierarchy’s cover up. While I’ll always have God, I still do want my religion. Finally a priest says the words we’ve needed to hear and provides a call to fix what was broken by our leadership. I hope the call to reform is answered. Thank you, Father Chris.

 

Archdiocese Behaves the Way It Does, Because It Can

By Sister Maureen Turlish, Guest Blogger

First, let me say the Archdiocesan Communications Director’s comments in regard to the Philadelphia Magazine article are not worthy of response. But for those who would like to respond directly, her email is dfarrell@adphila.org.

Those who have the print edition of Philadelphia Magazine’s July issue have probably already read editor Tom McGrath’s comments “On the Church” on page 8. McGrath comments that the 2011 report is “essentially saying that little about the archdiocese’s behavior had changed over the previous five years.”

Actually nothing substantive has changed in the archdiocese’s behavior in the period between the 2005 and the 2011 Philadelphia grand jury reports on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Along with Bob Huber, McGrath asks, “how the archdiocese could continue to behave in the same way once the scandal had been exposed.”

The answer to that question is profound in its simplicity. The archdiocese continued “to behave in the same way once the scandal had been exposed” was because it could, because it can.

Yes, because it could. That’s part and parcel of the reality called “Clericalism.” Bluntly put, it was/is standard operating procedure. Keeping secrets and avoiding scandal at all costs had been the order of the day for many decades. Money is the thread between keeping secrets and avoiding scandal with the operative phrase, “at all costs.”

The breadth and depth of the sexual exploitation of children by clergy may have been exposed to the larger society in 2002 in the Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts and later in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by the Boston Globe and the 2005 Philly grand jury report but it was not unknown by church authorities.

Cover-ups, intimidation, harassment and shunning followed reports of the sexual abuse of children for decades only most people were unaware of it, could or would not believe it or actually colluded in it.

The majority of Catholics in the five counties that comprise the Archdiocese of Philadelphia believed all the variations on the theme that church leadership put forth. Many statements coming from the cardinal archbishop’s office were falsehoods and were documented to be so. The majority of Catholics wanted to believe that their spiritual leaders were telling the truth and that they would deal with this the way it should have been dealt with.

But that was never the reality. Neither the inner workings of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia regarding the sexual exploitation of children, young women, men, vulnerable adults including nuns nor the collusion and conspiracy of church authorities will be known until or unless all church documents involved are ordered to be made public by the courts as was the case in the Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts. There the chasm between Cardinal Bernard Law’s public statements that he wanted the public to believe and the reality that existed in archdiocesan files, records and his correspondence was exposed for all the world.

Keep in mind that it is only the sexual exploitation of children that is being discussed here and the only predators that the institutional church is concerned about are clerics.

When I spoke with Pennsylvania Representative Michael McGeehan when he invited me to speak in Harrisburg to the importance of the bill he has introduced, House Bill 878, he told me that following the 2005 grand jury report he believed what church authorities said. He now believes that it is society’s responsibility to protect all of Pennsylvania’s children and that sexual predators and enablers, irrespective of their religious affiliation, should be held to laws that are adequate to the problem of childhood sexual abuse which is an epidemic in this country.

Like Representative McGeehan, I expected the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church to be in the forefront in areas in sexual exploitation, whether that sexual exploitation is of children, young women, men or vulnerable adults. No only is the church not leading the parade in this area, it is not even bringing up the rear and that fact is evidenced in sentence after sentence in the grand jury reports in Philadelphia as well as other dioceses in the United States and around the world. That reality came home to me very early in 2002 when I took part in my first protest outside the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul on April 26, 2002. Both Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and I were quoted on CNN that evening. Read my October 28, 2005 article in the National Catholic Reporter:

http://www.natcath.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005d/102805/102805x.htm

Further evidence is the fact that criminal and civil statutes of limitation have been viciously opposed by states’ Catholic Conference whenever it has been proposed.

Yes, there was feigned outrage in 2005 from the archdiocese by way of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young and their 76 page rebuttal, media statements and newspaper articles galore charging a conspiracy against the church, a resurgence of the No-Nothings of almost two centuries ago, homophobic rhetoric and so on down the line. Whatever floated or seem to stick at all was pursued and elaborated on. Who can forget former Pennsylvania Congressman Rick Santorum’s comments on the sexual permissiveness of New Englanders?

Then there was the piece-de-resistance offered up by the archdiocese on September 15, 2006: “Witness to the Sorrow,” a slickly orchestrated public relations promotional piece if ever there was one. I cannot fathom Mary Achilles returning to work for the archdiocese when so much of what she recommended or was a part of had no follow-up the first time around.

No, substantive changes did not occur during those five plus years. Individuals came and left from 222 North Seventeenth Street including the aforementioned Mary Achilles.

What changed when the 2011 report was released was that arrests were made. As I said on Larry Kane’s Comcast Network earlier this year, criminal arrests were made and made possible because of some earlier changes in Pennsylvania’s criminal statutes of limitation regarding the sexual abuse of children.

While still inadequate those changes allowed for the arrest of Msgr. William Lynn, formerly in charge of priest personnel from 1992 to 2004, basically for enabling sexual abuse and conspiracy along with four others who are variously charged with sexual abuse and conspiracy. That criminal charges were made has made all the difference in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Read “Where is the Outrage? in the NCR at:

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/philadelphia-where-outrage

Before Catholics contribute to this weekend’s PETER PENCE COLLECTION they may want to read the June 24Th editorial found on the National Survivor Advocates Coalition website at:

http://nationalsurvivoradvocatescoalition.wordpress.com/editorials/

as well as Jason Berry’s new book, Render Unto Rome, The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church. Read some excerpts at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jason+berry&x=10&y=19

Sister Maureen
maturlishmdsnd@yahoo.com

Panel of Experts to Answer Questions on Catholics4Change

Clergy sex abuse, the cover up and related issues raise so many questions. In an effort to serve our readership, Catholics4Change has assembled a panel of experts to answer queries related to their specialties. Whether your question involves PA legislation, Canon Law, archdiocesan policy, spirituality, victim support – we will do our best to get it answered. Use the private contact form on the Contact tab located in the bar at the top of this Web site to send your question. Please indicate if you wish to remain anonymous.

All of these panelists have generously volunteered their time, so please be patient as you await reply. Questions and answers will be published as new posts on the site and then archived under the Q&A category.

Meet the Panel:

Father Chris Walsh is Pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Northwest Philadelphia. Prior to this assignment, he served as School Minister at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster and Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Ransom Parish in Northeast Philadelphia. Father Chris is originally from West Chester and is a graduate of Temple University.  He firmly believes that the Holy Spirit is at work in the Church, even in these difficult days, and that the Catholic Church remains a true instrument of God’s grace in our broken world.

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. She is a founding member of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, a member of the steering committee of the Greater Philadelphia Voice of the Faithful and a member of the Child Victims Voice Coalition. She has taught and chaired departments at both Archbishop Wood and Lansdale Catholic High Schools in addition to teaching at St. Bernadette, Drexel Hill and St. Albert the Great, Huntingdon Valley.

David Clohessy has served as national director of SNAP (Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests) since 1991, setting up local support groups and doing thousands of interviews (including Oprah, Sixty Minutes, the Phil Donahue Show, Good Morning America). He’s been a community organizer in poor neighborhoods, and has done political and public relations consulting. In 2002, Clohessy was one of only four survivors to address all of America’s Catholic bishops at their historic meeting in Dallas. In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement in Advocacy Award from the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT).  

Daniel F. Monahan has been handling personal injury cases, including clergy sexual abuse cases for state and federal courts, for more than 30 years. He graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1975. He graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 1978 and earned a Masters in Law from Villanova University School of Law in 2000. Monahan is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the National Crime Victims’ Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He and his wife of 35 years live in East Goshen and have three grown children.


Please note:

We invited the Archdiocese to have a representative on the Question & Answer panel. They thanked us for reaching out but declined to participate.

Catholics4Change will continue to seek experts to add to the panel.