The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that it was removing five priests as the result of an investigation into alleged child sex abuse.
Rev. Michael A. Chapman, Rev. Mark E. Fernandes, Rev. Joseph M.
Glatts, Rev. Stephen B. Perzan, and Rev. Peter J. Talocci, were found
"unsuitable to return to the church" following an investigation into
sexual abuse and misconduct brought on by a February 2011 grand jury
Fernandes and Glatts were accused of violating church standards, but
not sexual misconduct. Two other priests were cleared of allegations.
Even as the archdiocese reached a final decision on those five
accused priests, a former pastor at a North Philadelphia church became
embroiled in allegations of child sex abuse.
NBC Philadelphia reports
that Reverend John P. Paul, 67, is now on administrative leave pending
investigation of allegations that he sexually abused minors more than 40 years ago.
Paul resigned in November following a police investigation in to his
alleged abuse of minors when he was a seminarian. However, the
archdiocese learned of additional accusations against Paul following his
According to Reuters, the allegations against the five priests grew
from a 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report that culminated with the
jailing of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic Church official convicted in a child sex abuse scandal.
Earlier this month, Pope Francis agreed to appoint a "commission for the protection of minors" to address alleged and proven cases of sex abuse by Catholic priests.