Richboro Priest Among 5 Archdiocese Removes

Former St. Vincent de Paul Parish Parochial Vicar Reverend George Cadwallader was one of five Philadelphia-area priest removed from ministry.

It was reported Friday afternoon that former Parochial Vicar Reverend George Cadwallader was one of five Philadelphia-area priest removed from ministry after a ”thorough and complex” investigation into reports of sexual abuse of minors by clergy and violations of the church's Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.

Cadwallader was identified as one of the clergymen removed by a Philly.com report.

Details on Cadwallader’s removal and the allegations mounted against him will not be released by the archdiocese as to protect the victims, Archbishop Charles Chaput said during a press conference streamed on the church’s website. It is unclear if any misbehavior occurred during his time at the Hatboro Road parish or during his previous assignment at .

According to Chaput, the archdiocese forwarded all reports of misconduct by clergy over to local district attorneys. As of press time, Patch has not been able to get in contact with the Bucks County DA’s office for comment on Cadwallader.

Cadwallader was removed from service at .

Friday, the fates of eight clergy - three return to duty and five were removed from ministry - were determined and the investigation into the others, except one who passed away, continues.

“I reviewed each case personally and made a decision on every one of them,” Chaput said.

The five removed from the archdiocese can appeal their decision to a review board in Rome.

The diocese’s multidisciplinary team was lead by veteran child abuse prosecutor Gina Maisto Smith.

Over the course of the investigation into allegations of misconduct, over 225 witnesses from around the globe, 400,000 pages of documents and nearly 40 years of information was located, gathered and reviewed by investigators, Smith told reporters.

Chaput stated, “...dealing with sexual abuse and protecting children has been - and will remain - a top priority for me and for this Archdiocese.”

Starting this weekend, the church will begin a new program titled “Honesty, Healing and Hope in Christ: Confronting Sexual Violence in Our Archdiocese” that is set to provide provide support and assistance to parishioners, Catholic officials said.

Click here to read the full statement released by the Archdiocese.

Judy Jones May 04, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Hopefully anyone, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by George Cadwallader, Francis Feret, Robert Povish, John Reardon, Thomas Rooney. Philip Barr, Michael Chapman, or Michael Flood, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police. Do not report your abuse to the church officials, they are not the proper officials to be investigating sex crimes against kids. Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511 snapjudy@gmail.com (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
ingrid May 04, 2012 at 09:59 PM
These priests shoulds be prosecuted to the fullest extent just like any other child molester would be. It is a disgrace that the Catholic church did such a disservice to their followers by sweeping this under the rug all the meanwhile preaching the word of God to its parishioners.
Joen May 04, 2012 at 10:49 PM
waitaminute ... "...violations of the church's Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries." " ...misbehavior.." "...misconduct..." If the new program really starts off with "Honesty", let's start off here with an accurate description rather than weaseling words: "...violations of children.." "... criminal behavior..." "...terrible damage to children..." "... "
Sue Cox May 05, 2012 at 07:44 AM
STOP BLOODY APOLOGISING! I am constantly bemused by the idea that survivors of catholic clergy abuse are in desperate need of "an apology" from the pope, or from his minions. Practically every time I am asked about this subject, by the media, or anyone else, they ask me "when do you think they will apologise?" Practically every time their PR machine answers any accusations, they tell us that the pope has "apologised"! Why the hell does anyone think that "apologising" is of any value? Apologising is what you do when you accidentally bump into someone on the tube, or your child kicks a football through your neighbours green house! Apology is NOT what is needed when people have suffered the worst betrayal of body and trust, when their whole lives have been blighted by serious criminal acts. When they have sustained PERMANENT brain damage from the traumas surrounding their abuses, when their potential has been impaired, and when their families, friends, communities, have also been damaged by the effects of these criminals. Apology is NOT sufficient, or appropriate when explaining why there have been so many lies and cover ups by the church. Apologising is an INSULT, it is further abuse, and is not required or acceptable . STOP bloody apologising! Show some humility, take a good look at yourselves and hang your heads in absolute shame. MAKE AMENDS! Sue Cox Survivors Voice Europe


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