Sacred Heart's Mccormick Identified Among 21 Suspended Priests

By Jenny Dehuff
Times Herald
March 9, 2011

Amid the names of the 21 priests who have been suspended by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is a man who hails from a Swedesburg parish.

The Rev. Andrew D. McCormick of Sacred Heart Rectory is among the group of priests Cardinal Justin Rigali suspended Wednesday. McCormick was ordained in 1982.

Calling the ordeal “a great evil,” Rigali chided the acts of the local clergymen who allegedly engaged in the sexual abuse of young boys.

On the Archdiocese website, Rigali issued a press release announcing he had placed 21 priests on administrative leave. The action follows an initial examination of both the substantive allegations of sexual abuse of children and the process by which those allegations were reviewed.

“These have been difficult weeks since the release of the grand jury report,” Rigali wrote. “Difficult most of all for victims of sexual abuse, but also for all Catholics and for everyone in our community.”

The grand jury report identified 36 cases of indecency involving priests with children.

Also included in the mix of those disciplined is the Rev. Robert W. Povish, chaplain of Graterford State Correctional Institute and cleric of St. Eleanor Rectory in Collegeville. Povish was ordained in 1990.

From the Lansdale area, the Rev. Msgr. Joseph L. Logrip, chaplain of St. Mary’s Manor and St. Stanislaus Rectory was also named. Logrip had been active in the priesthood since 1972.

“I wish to express again my sorrow for the sexual abuse of minors committed by any members of the church, especially clergy,” wrote Rigali. “I am truly sorry for the harm done to the victims of sexual abuse, as well as to the members of our community who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime.”

The Rev. Leonard N. Peterson of St. Maria Goretti parish in Hatfield was also deemed incapacitated in his ministry, as was the Rev. Zachary W. Navit, director of the Office for Special Projects and Closures for the Archdiocese and part-time parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Rectory in Doylestown. Navit was formerly at the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) on Trooper Road in West Norriton. Peterson and Navit were ordained in 1967 and 1994, respectively.

Rigali, in his press release, made certain to affirm Wednesday’s administrative leaves were “interim measures,” and “not in any way final determinations or judgments.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The complete list:

1. BARR, Rev. Philip R., (1948)

Pastor Emeritus, St. Edmond's, Philadelphia

2. BOWE, Rev. John F., (1973)

Saint Joseph's, Warrington

3. CADWALLADER, Rev. George B., (1992)

Saint Vincent De Paul, Richboro

4. CASTELLANI, Rev. Paul A., (1996)

Saint Philomena's, Lansdowne

5. CHAPMAN, Rev. Michael A., (1982)

Ascension of Our Lord, Philadelphia

6. ClOSE, Rev. Msgr. John A., (1969)

Saint Katharine of Siena, Wayne

7. FERET, Rev. Msgr. Francis S. (1962)

Saint Adalbert's, Philadelphia, PA 19134

8. FERNANDES, Rev. Mark E. (2004)

Saint Agnes, Sellersville, PA

9. FLOOD, Rev. Msgr. J. Michael (1968)

Saint Luke the Evangelist, Glenside

10. GASPAR, Rev. Mark S., (1998)

Our Lady of Charity, Brookhaven

11. GLATTS, Rev. Joseph M., (1966)

Pastor Emeritus, St. Andrew Parish, Drexel Hill, now at Saints Simon and Jude rectory, West Chester

12. HARRIS, Rev. Steven J., (1980)

Saint Isaac Jogues, Wayne

13. HOY, Rev. Daniel J.

Retired, Our Lady of the Assumption Rectory, Strafford

14. LOGRIP, Rev. Msgr. Joseph L. 1972)

Chaplain, Saint Mary's Manor, Saint Stanislaus Rectory, Lansdale

15. MCCORMICK, Rev. Andrew D., (1982)

Sacred Heart Rectory, Swedesburg

16. NAVIT, Rev. Zachary W.(1994)

Director, Office for Special Projects & Closures

Our Lady of Guadalupe Rectory, Doylestown

17. PETERSON, Rev. Leonard N., (1967)

Saint Maria Goretti, Hatfield

18. POVISH, Rev. Robert W. (1990)

Chaplain, State Correctional Institute, Graterford; Saint Eleanor Rectory, Collegeville

19. REARDON, Rev. John D. (1973)

Saint John of the Cross Rectory, Roslyn

20. Rooney, Rev. Thomas J. (1991)

Chaplain, Immaculate Mary Home; Saint Timothy's, Philadelphia

21. Talocci, Rev. Peter J., (1986)

Saint Patrick's, Malvern


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