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Decisions due Friday on suspended Philadelphia priests

Catholic World News - May 03, 2012

Confirming earlier media reports, the Philadelphia archdiocese has announced that on May 4, Archbishop Charles Chaput will reveal the results of investigations into sex-abuse charges against some of the 27 priests who were suspended last year.

The archbishop has scheduled a press conference Friday afternoon at which he is expected to reveal the disposition of at least some of the investigations. The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted informed sources as saying that few of the suspended priests would be cleared of the charges against them. The 27 clerics were suspended after the release of a grand-jury report highly critical of the way the archdiocese handled sex-abuse complaints in the past.

Archbishop Chaput met with the priests of the archdiocese on May 2 to discuss the investigations, but participants declined to comment on the discussions, saying tht the meeting was private.

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