2 Philadelphia Priests Punished in Sexual Abuse Cases
The archdiocese said Sunday that it had substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against Msgr. George J. Mazzotta, 73, and Msgr. Hugh P. Campbell, 77, who were ordained in the 1960s and held a series of positions in Philadelphia-area parishes and hospitals.
Monsignor Mazzotta has not been permitted to work or present himself as a priest since May 2010, when the archdiocese received the abuse allegation against him and reported it to law enforcement.
Monsignor Campbell has been on administrative leave since December, when he reported having sexually abused a minor, the archdiocese said.
Both men agreed to accept a supervised life of prayer and penance, and the findings were announced over the weekend to members of their most recent parishes, the archdiocese said. The priests are entitled to appeal the archdiocese’s findings to the Vatican.
Parishioners were told that the abuse had occurred about 40 years ago. [more]