|Regarding Allegation against Monsignor George J. Mazzotta
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia
May 10, 2010
Cardinal Justin Rigali has received and reported to civil authorities an allegation that Reverend Monsignor George J. Mazzotta sexually abused a minor more than 40 years ago. This is the first such allegation that the Archdiocese has received regarding Monsignor Mazzotta.
Since 2008, Monsignor Mazzotta has served as parochial vicar at Stella Maris Parish in South Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali has relieved him of his assignment pending completion of a formal investigation. Monsignor is no longer residing at Stella Maris Parish but at Villa Saint Joseph in Darby, the home for retired priests of the Archdiocese and he has agreed to refrain from the public exercise of his priestly ministry during the investigation.
An announcement was made this past weekend at Stella Maris Parish regarding Monsignor Mazzotta. Counselors from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Victim Assistance Office were available after Masses.
Monsignor Mazzotta is 72 years old. He was ordained in 1966. He has served at the following parishes and schools in addition to his service at Stella Maris Parish: St. Joseph, Downingtown (1966-1971); Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia and St. Maria Goretti High School (1971-1976); St. Gabriel, Philadelphia (1976-1978); St. Clement, Philadelphia (1978-1980); St. Eugene, Primos (1980-1985); St. Paul, Norristown (1985-1988); SS. Cosmas and Damian, Conshohocken (June 1988 - November 1988); St. Robert Bellarmine, Warrington (1988-1990); Mother of Divine Grace, Philadelphia (1990-1997) and St. Madeline, Ridley Park (1997-2008).
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this public notice may be painful to those who have been abused. If anyone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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