The Philadelphia Archdiocese revealed today (December 15, 2013) that five priests were removed from the Roman Catholic ministry due to allegations of sexual misconduct, according to the UPI (United Press International) website.
One of the priests banished by Archbishop Charles Chaput -- who has no tolerance at all for abusive priests -- had been cleared by an archdiocese review board, the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper said today.
The Rev. Michael Chapman had been accused of sexual abuse involving a minor. Within months of being cleared by the review board, a new accuser came forward, the newspaper said.
The details of the allegations against the other four priests were not revealed by the archdiocese.