Five Archdiocesan priests were removed for good from their parish positions after a board decided allegations that surfaced in a February 2011 Grand Jury report of sexual abuse were legitimate.
In March 2011, 26 priests were suspended while the Archdiocese investigated the sexual abuse claims brought in the Grand Jury report. Since May, an Archdiocesan board has been investigating a few claims at a time. So far, more than half have been permanently removed from their parishes. Only one more case is pending.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced Sunday that out of seven priests recently investigated, two were deemed suitable for ministry.
The details of the allegations were not released.
"Those priests found unsuitable for ministry will have no public ministry in the Archdiocese," according to a news release.
The following five were found to be "unsuitable" for service:
- Rev. Mark E. Fernandes, 40.
- Rev. Joseph M. Glatts, 75.
- Rev. Stephen B. Perzan, 68.
- Rev. Peter J. Talocci, 54.
- Rev. Michael A. Chapman, 58.
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