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Philadelphia archdiocese near decision on suspended priests

Catholic World News - March 09, 2012

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia had indicated that a review of the cases involving 21 priests who were suspended from ministry last year is “very near conclusion.”

The archbishop said that despite delays caused by “stubborn legal and practical factors,” he expected to resolve most of the cases of the suspended priests “over the next eight weeks.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that archdiocesan officials had earlier expected to bring the cases to conclusion by the beginning of March. Some of the suspended priests have complained that they do not know the status of their own cases and have not had an opportunity to defend themselves.

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  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 10, 2012 8:30 AM ET USA

    "Some of the suspended priests have complained that they do not know the status of their own cases and have not had an opportunity to defend themselves." Inexcusable! I respect Archbishop Chaput, but the USCCB has done a terrible job of balancing the rights of the alleged victims and the rights of the accused priests.

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