Saturday, March 12, 2011

Phila. Archdiocese Places 21 Priests on Leave; Scheduled to Appear in Court for Abuse March 14

The Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese this week placed on leave 21 priests accused of sexually abusing minors -- a reminder that the US church-abuse scandal is far from resolved nearly a decade after it came to light.

According to the Wall Street Journal weekend (March 12-13, 2011) five suspects will appear in court on March 14. They face charges including child endangerment, assault, and rape.

The 21 priests were put on leave following a grand-jury report last month that lambasted the archdiocese for allowing 37 priests to remain around children, despite "substantial evidence of abuse."

Prosecutors said the cases "show a pattern of the church looking the other way when it came to investigating these charges," said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

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