Fr. Thomas Rooney – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Thomas Rooney

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained:  1991

Suspended from ministry: March 2011

Permanently removed from ministry: May 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • Immaculate Mary Home
  • St. Timothy (Philadelphia, PA)
  • St. Christopher (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Conwell-Egan High School (Fairless Hills, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Rooney:

Father Thomas Rooney was one of 21 priests placed on leave in March 2011 following a scathing grand jury report that criticized Cardinal Justin Rigali for leaving priests in ministry who had been accused of misconduct.  Weeks after stating that he had no idea what the grand jury was talking about, he was forced to admit publicly that nearly 2 dozen active priests had allegations of sexual abuse in their personnel files but remained in ministry.  

Ultimately, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board determined that the allegation against Rooney was not credible – they did not believe the person making the report – but the review board did recommend that he remain suspended from ministry for “violations of the standards of ministry.”  No explanation as to the rationale, or the details of the allegation (e.g., when, where, gender/age of victim, etc.) have ever been made public.

Rooney is still alive; he is approximately 53 years old.  His current affiliation with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is unclear; he is not assigned in ministry but there has been no statement as to whether he remains a priest or if he has been laicized by the Vatican.  His name does not appear on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s list of credibly accused priests.

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