Fr. George Cadwallader – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father George B. Cadwallader

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. George Cadwallader Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1992

Placed on leave: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1992-1993 Saint Joseph (Downingtown, PA)
  • 1993-1997 Saint Martin of Tours (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1997-1999 Saint Anselm (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1999-2007 Stella Maris (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2007-2008 Saint Bernard (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2008-2009 Office of the Vicar for Clergy
  • 2009-2011 Saint Vincent de Paul (Richboro, PA)
  • 2011 Placed on administrative leave

Summary of Allegations Against Father George Cadwallader:

Father George Cadwallader was one of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by the Philadelphia Archdiocese in 2011 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. The suspensions came just weeks after the second grand jury report identified more than 30 priests in active ministry despite allegations of sexual misconduct as a priest.  

No details were offered to the general public about the allegation(s) against Cadwallader.

According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, he was found “unsuitable for ministry” due to a violation of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.  No additional information about those violations was provided to the public, except for a general statement that priests removed for that reason generally had “boundary issues with children.” According to media reports, “Church officials have declined to release details on specific accusations but say boundary issues can include inappropriate talk or contact, sharing alcohol or pornography with minors or other conduct that may be construed as “grooming” a victim.”

Cadwallader is still alive and believed to be residing in the Philadelphia area.  He is 65 years old.

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