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February 14, 2008


The Holy See has notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the request of David C. Sicoli to be removed from the clerical state was granted. In 2004, allegations of sexual abuse involving minors by David Sicoli were reported to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and his ministry was restricted.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia investigated the allegations, which were subsequently substantiated, and he sought removal from the clerical state.

David Sicoli functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1975 to July 2004, during which time he served in the following parishes: Saint Joseph, Ambler; Saint Martin of Tours, Philadelphia; Immaculate Conception, Levittown; Saint Athanasius, Philadelphia; Saint Louis, Yeadon; Saint Raymond of Penafort, Philadelphia; Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Philadelphia (closed 1993); Our Lady of Hope, Philadelphia; Saint Anthony of Padua, Philadelphia (closed 1999); and Holy Spirit, Philadelphia. He also served as Associate Director, Regional CYO; and Assistant Director, Conference of Christian Doctrine.

Removal from the clerical state means that, in accord with canon law, David Sicoli 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
Director of Communications

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