Monsignor Joseph Logrip
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Suspended from ministry: 2011
Returned to ministry: 2014
Deemed “unsuitable for ministry”: December 2019
Assigned as follows:
- Saint Ignatius, Yardley (1972-1974)
- Saint Rose of Lima, North Wales (1974-1975)
- Bishop Kenrick High School (1974-1983)
- Epiphany of Our Lord, Plymouth Meeting (1975-1981)
- St. Aloysius Academy, Bryn Mawr (1978-1997) Chaplain and mass celebrant
- Saint Gabriel’s Hall (1981-1983)
- Archbishop Carroll High School (1983-1990)
- Saint Francis of Assisi, Norristown (1990-1992)
- Saint Monica, Philadelphia (1992-1994)
- Mater Dolorosa, Philadelphia (1994-2000)
- Immaculate Conception, Levittown (2000-2007)
- Saints Philip and James, Exton (2007-2008)
- Mother of Divine Grace, Philadelphia (2008-2010)
- Chaplain, Saint Mary Manor (2010-2011)
- Saint Stanislaus, Lansdale (2010-2011)
- placed on administrative leave and faculties restricted (2011)
- found suitable for ministry (2014)
- Chaplain, Camilla Hall (2014-2019) – retirement home for women
- Saint Peter Parish, West Brandywine (2017-2019)
- placed on administrative leave and faculties restricted (January 2019)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Logrip:
Monsignor Joseph Logrip was one of 26 priests removed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia following the Philadelphia 2011 Grand Jury Report, stating that 37 priests previously accused of sexual misconduct were still in active ministry.
Logrip’s name does not appear on a secret 1994 memo drafted by Msgr. William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy, identifying active priests who had been accused of child sexual abuse. This suggests that the allegation(s) that led to Logrip’s 2011 suspension were made sometime between 1994 and 2011.
No details have been made public about the nature or context of the allegation(s) made against Logrip, who once delivered the opening prayer to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005. Media reports have referred to allegations that he sexually abused “minors,” referring to more than one child.
In 2014, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board judged that the allegations against Logrip were “unsubstantiated” and recommended his return to ministry. Logrip remained in active ministry with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, assigned as Chaplain to the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Peter parish, until mid-January 2019, when he was removed again due to another allegation of abuse. In December 2019, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Review Board found Monsignor Logrip “unsuitable for ministry” following an investigation by the Archdiocesan Office of Investigation. He case will now be sent to the Vatican to determine if he will be laicized.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has not provided much information about the new allegation except to say that it related to misconduct that allegedly occurred in the early 1980s.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has made a preliminary determination that the allegation is credible, which warranted Logrip’s removal. The Archdiocese’s internal review board will now conduct an investigation to determine if his removal should remain permanent.
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