SMH: 21 Nasty Pedo-Priests Suspended In Philadelphia For Sexually Abusing Minors

- By Bossip Staff

It’s no surprise to us that some predatory priests were caught in a sexual-abuse scandal, but 21 of them??? SMH.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday that it had suspended 21 priests from active ministry in connection with accusations that involved sexual abuse or otherwise inappropriate behavior with minors. The mass suspension was the single-most sweeping in the history of the sexual-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, said Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which archives documents from the abuse scandal in dioceses across the country.

The archdiocese’s action follows a damning grand jury report issued Feb. 10 that accused the archdiocese of a widespread cover-up of predatory priests, stretching over decades, and said that as many as 37 priests remained active in the ministry despite credible accusations against them.

Of those 37 priests, 21 were suspended; three others already had been placed on administrative leave after the grand jury detailed accusations against them. Five others would have been suspended, the church said in a statement, but three are no longer active and two are no longer active in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The church said that in eight cases, no further investigation was warranted.

The statement said the accusations against the 21 ranged from “sexual abuse of a minor to boundary issues with minors,” but did not describe them further.

Nor did it name the 21 whom it suspended, drawing the fury of groups representing abuse victims. Many parishioners are likely to learn that their priest was accused when he fails to appear for Ash Wednesday services.

The announcement was a major embarrassment for Cardinal Justin Rigali, who, in response to the grand jury report, had initially said there were no priests in active ministry “who have an admitted or established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against them.”

A few days later, Cardinal Rigali placed three priests on administrative leave. His statement Tuesday did not explain why he had made his initial assurances nor did it say why the priests had not been suspended earlier.

“We may have to be asking, what did the cardinal know and when did he know it?” said Leonard Norman Primiano, a Roman Catholic and chairman of the religious studies department at Cabrini College in nearby Radnor, Pa. He described the mass suspension as “astonishing.”

At a minimum, the scope of the suspensions underscored the grand jury’s contention that the archdiocese had failed to clean house after a grand jury report in 2005 found credible accusations of abuse by 63 priests. And it suggested that potentially, predatory priests had had access to thousands of children for years. Cardinal Rigali, 75, said the suspensions were interim measures, pending fuller investigations. And he apologized for the behavior of abusive priests.

“I am truly sorry for the harm done to the victims of sexual abuse, as well as to the members of our community who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime,” he said. He is expected to address the issue Wednesday in a noon service at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. He has scheduled a penitential service for Friday.

Those on leave are not allowed to celebrate Mass publicly, wear collars or hear confessions. They were given a few hours’ notice to leave their parishes before the announcement.

Once the identities of the suspended priests become public, analysts said, there could be a dam-breaking effect as there was in Boston in 2002, when initial reports led to more sexual-abuse claims. Since the grand jury report in Philadelphia, two people have filed civil suits, and Jeff Anderson, a lawyer representing them, said he had received “dozens” of calls from others who might file.

“We’re approaching this with a new vigor,” Mr. Anderson said. “Like Boston, this is a watershed moment, where all of a sudden the secrets are no longer kept and permission is given to break the silence to this whole survivors’ community.”

If charges against the priests are upheld, the church could face a payout of millions of dollars in legal settlements. The charges come at a stressful time for the church, with membership and parochial school enrollment declining. The archdiocese announced last week that it was closing seven schools in June; it has already closed more than 40 since 2006.

Disgusting.

Via NYTimes

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  • Get Real

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  • dee

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    This institution is 2000 years old, now we know it’s mission statement. The church does not change. Wake up people, just wake up.

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    i HATE D CATHOLIC CHURCH! they are a bunch or rapists I kno from experience!

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    American as Apple Pie…

  • G.M.

    no wonder catholic girls got a rep for being s1utty…they had to compete w/the alter boys for the attention from the priest that spilled over to men in the world lol

  • nymphis

    looks like they’re at some kinda gay karate tournament.and the pope requested they take off their lovely white jackets.

  • mo

    And they are wondering why there is a decline in parochial school attendance!!!!! Maybe because the priests are using it as a “playground”? They should be struck by lightning and castrated. Too bad we cannot have them castrated!!!!!

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    To me Catholicism is a cult. It seems they do not open their own bibles but let the priest dictate to them.

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    *i mean he told noah to buildan ark to save some animals but could’t say sh1t about some lil boys was gettin bust wide open by priest smh*

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    This is religion folks. The Catholic church is the oldest christian church in the world. A product was created 2000 years ago to allow some people to do as they please. Guess what the product the Catholic church has been representing ever since?????

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