Swedesburg Priest Suspended in Church Sex Scandal

By Jenny DeHuff
Main Line
March 10, 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.


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