Friday, February 18, 2011

Philadelphia Cardinal Orders Investigation Of 37 Priests

Pennsylvania: The Catholic Church in Philadelphia will investigate as many as 37 priests identified in a grand jury report as remaining in "active ministry with credible allegations of child sexual abuse," Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, said Wednesday.

"Sexual abuse of children is a crime. It is always wrong and gravely evil," Rigali said in a news release. "The grand jury report makes clear that for as much as the archdiocese has done to address child sexual abuse, there is still much to do."

He also announced that three priests were placed on administrative leave pending a review.

Read More: Philadelphia Investigation

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on Wednesday lauded the church announcement.
"I commend Cardinal Rigali and the archdiocese for this latest action," Williams said. "The cardinal's strong words and recent efforts are the correct steps at this time."

8 comments:

  1. So sad that this is not surprising anymore.

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