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...
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
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- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (firstname.lastname@example.org, 314314-566-9790)
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