ARCHBISHOP Charles Chaput announced yesterday that a monsignor could return to ministry because allegations that he sexually abused minors 20 years ago were "unsubstantiated."
Chaput said that Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip is "suitable for ministry," although archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin said that his "return to active ministry is not immediate."
Logrip, 67, had been placed on administrative leave following the February 2011 grand-jury report on sexual abuse by local priests. At the time, he was chaplain at St. Mary Manor, a health-care facility, and living at St. Stanislaus Parish. Both are in Lansdale.
Logrip was among 26 priests placed on leave as a result of the grand-jury report. Fourteen were found unsuitable for ministry; 10 were found suitable for ministry; one priest died before the investigation concluded.
"For any priest found suitable for ministry after being placed on administrative leave, the process is unique to their individual situation and there is not a set timeframe for a return," Gavin said. "An assignment has not yet been made regarding where [Logrip] will return to active ministry or when exactly he will do so."
Logrip was ordained in 1972. His service locations included Yardley, North Wales, Plymouth Meeting, Norristown, Philadelphia, Levittown and Exton.
Announcements about Logrip's status were made at St. Mary Manor and St. Stanislaus Parish over the weekend. Counselors were also made available.