By Dan Wing
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has reinstated a priest that was one of 26 priests suspended following 2011’s grand jury report into the sexual abuse of children in the church.
In a written statement, the Archdiocese says Archbishop Charles Chaput has decided that 67-year-old Monsignor Joseph Logrip is suitable for ministry, citing “unsubstantiated allegations that he sexually abuse minors over 20-years ago.”
Logrip’s case was the last to be decided after 26 priests were put on leave when the grand jury report was unsealed.
Out of the 26 cases, eleven priests, including Logrip, were reinstated, while 14 were permanently removed from ministry. One priest died during the investigation, and one was charged.
Parishioners at Saint Mary Manor and Saint Stanislaus in Lansdale were both informed of the ruling over the weekend. Those were the parishes where Logrip had most recently served.