5 Priests May Be Defrocked After Church Investigation
PHILADELPHIA - Five priests accused of sexually abusing children have been defrocked, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced at a news conference Friday afternoon.
In all, 26 priests have been awaiting word on their fate since being placed on leave back by Cardinal Justin Rigali, the former leader of the archdiocese, back in February 2011.
On Friday, the current leader of Philadelphia Catholics said the church's review of the accusations is "largely complete," and he was ready to announce the disposition of nine of the 26 cases.
"Three priests have been found suitable for ministry," Chaput told assembled media. "Five priests will not return to ministry, although they retain the right to appeal this decision to the Hol...