Archdiocese of Philadelphia Suspends 21 Priests in Sex Abuse Scandal

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Here we go again.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday the suspension of 21 priests cited in a Grand Jury report last month in what the panel believed were credible accusations of child rape.

A statement issued by the Archdiocese says Cardinal Justin Rigali suspended the 21 priests from active ministry pending a further review of the allegations of child sex abuse raised against the priests which were initially dismissed by an archdiocesan review board which ruled those complaints not credible.

Read the full statement of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (.pdf)

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams calls the move a good first step.

“Where those investigations go, and how they result will be more definitive of what the actions of the Archdiocese will be,” Williams said.

The cases stemmed from a whopping 34 cases of priest child sex abuse charges sent to the grand jury for review and determined to be credible.

Perhaps, as shocking as the original charges, due to the statute of limitations, none of the priests will face criminal prosecution. As I have urged before, if you have young sons and daughters, please do not let your children be alone with a Catholic priest.

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22 Responses to Archdiocese of Philadelphia Suspends 21 Priests in Sex Abuse Scandal

  1. TOM339 says:

    If a priest had ever abused one of my kids, I am certain I would be serving a life sentence for murder because I would have killed the son-of-a-bitch.

    Parents have a duty to protect their family from harm and since the system lets these bastards get away or in this case, a statute of limitations means the clock ran out on sentencing, I would take care of the problem myself with the help of my brothers.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    Pope Rat can no more control the disease of priest pedophilia washing over and undermining his church than he can stop the social changes underway in Europe, Canada and the USA. So, they push him out in his monkey drag to issue some vile, homophobic edict against gay marriage while a report comes to light on the same day exposing a nest of priest/child rapists.

  3. CriticalEyes says:

    Gee willacres, I thought the “Wholy Roaming Penis Obcessed Katholic Church” had solved this persistant problem. I am so upset at this newest “Revalation” Why, I could laugh my ass off!!!!! BAW-Hahahahahahahah-ha

  4. OKJIMM says:

    21 ? Philadelphia ? Gees, allza dey gotta do is sign Michael Vick and get a tight end and they would have a football team !!

  5. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    As a recovering Catholic, I can say whenever I read an article such as this, I am reminded of why I left the church and for that matter, Christianity.

    While history suggests that Jesus was a man and possibly, a married man, he was not a “God.” There is no evidence that Jesus was “the son of God” either, and if you reject this central plank of the Bible, the entire structure of Christianity falls apart.

    I say show the world any historical documents or evidence that suggests otherwise and I am open to reconsidering my position that Christianity is the greatest fallacy ever perpetrated on humanity. While I respect others beliefs — even those I disagree with, until such evidence is made available I refuse to be a blind follower of religion. I am at peace and happier than ever.

    BTW, I would really enjoy it Christopher, if you wrote a blog article about the shabby way nuns are treated by the Catholic church and the current Pope in particular.

    In the meantime, any ‘pie in the sky’ is a billboard for Marie Callendar advertising apple pie.

  6. Brigadoon says:

    I was going say we need to end the tax exemptions for organized religion in America but I know this never happen. The Congress and its members and the occupant of the White House will never agree to change the tax codes concerning churches. The U.S. will see the poor and elderly starve on the streets before that make organized religion pay taxes.

  7. CriticalEyes says:

    Castrate them all…. then send them to Darkest Africa to try to sell their disgusting religion to the Cannibals……………… Happy eating, you Cannibals……

  8. feminazi says:

    There is no statute of limitation on murder. So why is there a statute of limitation on child rapists? These priests have given their victims a life sentence and taken away their youth and emotional and mental well being. Yet, to the judicial system, this doesn’t matter. I don’t understand it.

  9. Big Hank says:

    This is when I have difficulty opposing the death penalty.

    To think these kids are damaged for life and the priest walk into retirement makes my blood boil.

  10. matj says:

    The passivity of lay people is part of the problem. Why are we lay people sitting on our hands and doing nothing about this? This is our mother church that’s been paraded in public humiliation by corrupt priests and bishops. How can we find them and root them out of the church? What kind of governance do we need to not put unilateral decision making into the hands of bishops and priests? What lay review can we put in place for priest transfers? What lay structure can we put in place to investigate secret archives in every diocese to expose abusers, and people of every other perversion who masquerade as priests? We need to get our church back. We need our church to be the like a bride without spot or wrinkle. What can we do to activate a movement of lay people to clean out this filth? Shouldn’t we Catholics be more zealous about cleaning our own home than juries, lawyers and others – the church is the visible representation of the kingdom of God? Any thoughts on how we can get started?

  11. Rachel says:

    Not to worry. I’m confident the 21 priests will be called to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI and promoted to some position of importance at the Vatican. They protect their own. The victims? Not so much.

  12. Tiny Dancer says:

    Well, today is the beginning of Lent.

    Maybe the pedophile priests can keep their paws and their peckers under check until Lent is over.

  13. Jolly Roger says:

    A measurable number of people who go into clergyhood in general do it so that they can have power over younger people. I lost count a long time ago of all the people who told me they were ogled, fondled, even molested by “youth counselors” or clergy. Religion is a horn of plenty for horny pedophiles.

  14. fran says:

    I will go as far as saying the Catholic Priesthood is *infested* with a chronic problem with pedophiles.
    It makes me really mad that due to the statute of limitations, none of the priests will face criminal prosecution.
    For child rape?

    What the hell?

    At minimum, these priests need to be registered as sex offenders. Never be allowed to be alone with children & kicked out of priesthood.

    Have we not had enough of the Catholic church, forgiving & forgetting-
    really aiding & abetting with their blind eye.
    This is not just bad behavior, this is harboring criminal, sexual predators.
    It is horrific enough to have someone violate your child, but exponentially worse when it is someone posing as a spiritual leader.

  15. Jolly Roger says:

    Fran, the percentage of abusers is just as high in Protestant sects, with the percentage skewed heavily over to fundie sects. It’s just that for some reason or other, our MSM chooses to ignore it. Imagine that.

  16. Silver Haired Granny says:

    I’m with you, TOM339.

    If a priest (or anyone else) molested my kids knowing how strongly I feel about such matters, I am sure I would take matters into my own hands and merit out justice in the old fashion way, preferring to not take any chances with a flawed court system.

  17. I don’t have children but if I did and they were raped by a pedophile priest, I am certain I would not bother to wait around for the courts to deal with the problem.

    Protecting your children is one of the most important jobs on earth.

  18. lea-lea says:

    A condition of becoming a priest of either:

    1. surgical castration
    or
    2. drug castration

    No exceptions.

  19. Jolly Roger says:

    I have said, and I still say, that the laws that keep kids out of bars until they’re a certain age should also be applied to religions.

  20. libhomo says:

    lea-lea: Catholic Churches and schools should be 18 and over only.

    General Comment: I can’t help but notice that none of the priests molesting kids now were suspended.

  21. RICK says:

    THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE MOST IMMORAL INSTITUTION IN THE WORLD

  22. PHILADELPHIA In an action of unprecedented scope in the Roman Catholic Church nationwide the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday that it was putting 21 priests on administrative leave because of allegations that they sexually abused or behaved improperly with minors. pp The archdiocese said it was responding to the Feb. 10 report by a Philadelphia grand jury that found that 37 local priests were serving in ministry despite accusations of questionable behavior. pp I know that for many people their trust in the church has been shaken Cardinal Justin Rigali said in a statement Tuesday. I pray that the efforts of the archdiocese to address these cases of concern and to re-evaluate our way of handling allegations will help rebuild that trust in truth and justice. pp Church officials did not identify the priests but said that on Wednesday and again this weekend they will inform the parishes and other affected communities where the priests worked. pp Advocates for abuse victims were quick to condemn the archdiocese for not revealing the priests names. pp It is outrageously reckless and callous for Rigali to continue hiding the names of predator priests said Joelle Casteix a regional director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests or SNAP. pp Not all the priests were in active ministry before they were removed according to archdiocesan spokeswoman Donna Farrell who said one was on leave and two were incapacitated.

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