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March 12, 2014


Father Andrew McCormick was placed on administrative leave by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in March 2011. This action followed concerns raised by a Grand Jury Report issued in February of that year. Since that time, he has not exercised public ministry. He has not and may not administer the sacraments publicly or present himself as a priest in good standing.

In July 2012 police arrested Father McCormick based on an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor received directly by law enforcement. That allegation had not been previously reported to the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese immediately and publicly urged individuals with relevant case information to contact either the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit or the Philadelphia District Attorney's Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit.

The Archdiocese was not involved in Father McCormick's legal defense and did not underwrite its costs.
The Archdiocese will not move forward with its canonical process as the criminal proceedings against Father McCormick have not come to a conclusion. Father McCormick will remain on administrative leave with all current restrictions in place at this time.

We understand that the spotlight on Father McCormick's trial has been difficult for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. We regret their continued burden and urge survivors and their families to seek support and assistance through the Victim Assistance Program administered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or

The Church remains committed to helping the survivors of sexual abuse heal, and to ensure that all young people in her care are protected. We pray for all those impacted by the outcome of this trial and especially for all those who suffer due to the tragedy of sexual abuse.

To Make a Report
To report an allegation of sexual abuse, contact your local law enforcement agency and the Office for Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.

To report a violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries, contact the Archdiocesan Office for Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.


Editor's Note: For a copy of the statement regarding Father McCormick's arrest in July 2012, please visit

Kenneth A. Gavin
Director of Communications

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