archbishop removes 5 priests from ministry
December 16, 2013
HARRISBURG (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia says five parish
priests have been permanently removed from ministry while two others were cleared
to return to their duties.
Archbishop Charles Chaput acted after allegations of
misconduct or sexual abuse were raised. Among the five is Rev. Michael Chapman,
who had been investigated and cleared by an archdiocesan review board last year
before a new accuser came forward with child sexual abuse allegations. The
church isn't disclosing details of the allegations against the five priests.
Two others were cleared to return to their
parishes after the review board determined it couldn't substantiate allegations
against one and the other did not pose a danger to children.