The Catholic Church in Philadelphia will investigate as many as 37 priests identified in a grand jury report as remaining in “active ministry with credible allegations of child sexual abuse,” Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, said Wednesday.
“Sexual abuse of children is a crime. It is always wrong and gravely evil,” Rigali said in a news release. “The grand jury report makes clear that for as much as the archdiocese has done to address child sexual abuse, there is still much to do.”
He also announced that three priests were placed on administrative leave pending a review.
“The actions we announce today build on the changes that the church has already announced,” Rigali said.
He noted the church had already hired a victim services consultant and a compliance officer, and created a new position of delegate for investigations to assist with the review.
“Many people of faith and in the community at large think that the archdiocese does not understand the gravity of child sexual abuse,” Rigali said. “We do.” Continue reading here.
May God have mercy. 37 priests have credible accusations against them according to the Grand Jury report. 37? I pray that the report has truly opened the eyes of Church leaders.
The Grand Jury report is available here. Warning it is hard to stomach. As tough as I am, I have not been able to read more than a few pages at a time.