Monday, April 08, 2013

Philadelphia Archdiocese Finds 3 Accused Priests Unsuitable For Ministry

Yesterday the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that Father Joseph J. Gallagher and Father Mark S. Gaspar have been found unsuitable for ministry. The two were among the 21 priests placed on administrative leave after the release of a grand jury report in February 2011 on the handling of sex abuse complaints. The Archdiocese also ruled that a third priest, retired Monsignor Richard T. Powers, who was not listed in the 2011 grand jury report is unsuitable for ministry. The action was based on a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that occurred 40 years ago outside the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. All the priests may appeal their removal to the Vatican. ABC News reports on the decisions which were made by Archbishop Charles Chaput.