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April 12, 2007

PRIEST REMOVED FROM THE CLERICAL STATE

The Holy See has notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the request of Thomas J. Smith to be removed from the clerical state was granted. In December, 2004, he voluntarily left the active ministry while the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was investigating an allegation against him of sexual misconduct involving a minor. The allegation was subsequently found credible, and he sought removal from the clerical state.

Thomas J. Smith functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from June 1973 to December, 2004, during which time he served in the following parishes: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Philadelphia; Saint Francis deSales, Lenni; Annunication B.V.M., Havertown; Saint Andrew, Drexel Hill; Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia; and Good Shepherd, Philadelphia. He also served as Regional Vicar, Delaware County Vicariate, with residence at Saint Francis of Assisi, Springfield; Chaplain, Boy Scouts of America; Associate Director, Conference of Christian Doctrine (Delaware County); Chaplain, Archbishop Prendergast High School, Drexel Hill; and Associate Director, Regional CYO.

Removal from the clerical state means that in accord with canon law Thomas J. Smith is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere.

This public notice may be painful to those who have experienced sexual abuse within the Church. If you are the victim of sexual abuse by a cleric, staff or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and need assistance please call 1-888-800-8780.

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Donna Farrell
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215-587-3747

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