Local Catholics Shocked After Archdiocese Suspends 21 Priests

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For many Catholics, some trusted men of the cloth are now under a cloud of suspicion.

21 priests all now face allegations of having some kind of inappropriate relations with minors.

All of them have been suspended by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including Reverend Joseph Glatts.

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Father Joseph Glatts (credit: simonandjude.org)

Eyewitness News has learned he ministered at the SS Simon and Jude parish in West Chester.

“I actually hadn’t known that father Glatts was involved in any of that,” said parishioner Nina Marr.

Nina and her husband James say Father Glatts married them this past October.

“He seemed like a good guy to us in our dealings with him from the marriage process,” said James Marr.

At church after church catholic parishioners in our area were informed during Ash Wednesday services if one of the 21 priests suspended worked at their Parrish.

Cardinal Justin Rigali addressed the grand jury report on priest sex abuse and his response to it during his Ash Wednesday mass in center city.

However, critics of the church remain frustrated.


In West Chester parishioners who spoke with Eyewitness News don’t know what to make of the suspension of father Joseph Glatts.

“If there is a criminal happening that took place then he should be held accountable,” parishioner Todd Grove said.

Even though the Priests have been suspended and named in the Grand Jury report, the investigation is ongoing and no conclusions have been made.

Reported by Todd Quinones, CBS 3

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  1. nicole says:

    HAHHAHAHA THATS MY CHURCH!

  2. Anonymous says:

    About 13 years ago (when I was 13 or 14 years old) I worked in my local church’s rectory. I quit the job because Joe Glatts, a resident of the rectory (which was connected with an elementary and middle school) made me feel so uncomfortable. I did not like being in the rectory when he was there.

    I am sad (but in no way surprised) to see his name connected to this story. I am sad to think that for 13 years that man has continued to work around children. If I, as a 13 year old, identified him as someone that children should not be around I find it hard to believe that adults and others did not have the same feelings.

    I don’t think anyone has sympathy for the priests that are finally being identified as the monsters they are. But many people do express sympathy to the Catholic Church and criticize others for attacking the church. In this thread it has been labeled a “scapegoat” and critics have been accused of attacking “the entire institution because of several bad people.”

    The institution of the Catholic Church is a hierarchy of people. There are no general elections for the public, it is an internally run organization. The management of all clergy is addressed by those that have ascended the ranks. The priests that have committed these heinous crimes have been protected, hidden, and sometimes knowingly sent to places where they were free to continue their behavior for the sole purpose of protecting this institution’s name. The Catholic Church markets itself as the supreme authority of morality, but members of this institution acted entirely selfishly and criminally. The institution is not being blamed for having a small number of priests that raped children, it is being held accountable for how it responded, or more appropriately didn’t respond, to those priests.

    There are plenty of good Catholic priests. No one is saying there aren’t. But the institution, meaning those that have ascended the ranks in the largest organization in the world, has corrupt members. The crimes of the individual priests that keep coming to light are unthinkable. It is even more unthinkable to look towards an institution that harbors child rapists for moral direction. The Catholic Church has brought shame and embarrassment upon itself. If people turn away from this institution or criticize it for the actions of the corrupt members of the institution, it only has itself to blame.

  3. Joe says:

    While I do feel there are tons more good priests than bad, I’m shocked anyone would want to look the other way and ignore this kind of behavior. Had it been my son or daughter being abused, I would be outraged that anyone could possibly consider defending these individuals. Jeez, even the Catholic Church doesn’t try to defend it and rightfully so. Based on some of these comments, it appears some folks would like to see this story buried on the back page……really?

  4. Joe Joe says:

    After 300 years of great work, when was the last time CBS wrote a good story about a good priest? Does this tell you some thing?

  5. Jay says:

    This local Catholic is shocked by the unfair slanted and biggotted reporting of this issue – for 20 years these news nazis have been on a crusade to exclude and diminish the vast and significant contributions of the Church and Faith and reporting on on this issue.
    Hetrosexual men and women are the biggest perpetrators of child abuse and child sexual abuse.
    If you are serious about reducing the occurrence of nnnthis horror, start there.
    Most abuse takes place in the family. Start there – why scapgoat the Catholics?
    Becuase you can defame them and not fear reprisal. I agree with Keith.

  6. Oron says:

    David – Aurthur Schlesigber on Catholic bias – do you think explains why the Catholics are more vilified and persecuted that the Jews, Muslims, and Protestants?

    He(Schlesinger) once characterized prejudice against Catholics as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people”[2]

    2.^ “No You Don’t, Mr. Pope!”: A Brief History of Anti-Catholicism in America, A Three Part Series Offered by the Saint Francis University’s Catholic Studies at a Distance Program Delivered by Arthur Remillard, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. Saint Francis University CERMUSA website, retrieved May 2007

  7. Keith says:

    David – Aurthur Schlesigber on Catholic bias – do you think explains why the Catholics are more vilified and persecuted that the Jews, Muslims, and Protestants?

    He(Schlesinger) once characterized prejudice against Catholics as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people”[2]

    2.^ “No You Don’t, Mr. Pope!”: A Brief History of Anti-Catholicism in America, A Three Part Series Offered by the Saint Francis University’s Catholic Studies at a Distance Program Delivered by Arthur Remillard, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. Saint Francis University CERMUSA website, retrieved May 2007

  8. PM says:

    Prosecution, civil remedies, they do not heal the soul. The Church has been around for more than 2000 years and will continue to be around as long as the Earth spins. Your pain, and anger, and just terror is justified. Your activism with the New Jersey Legislature is admirable. Do not try to tear down an entire institution becaouse of several bad people. Be careful about being influenced by organizations that you may think are woring in your best interest. They too have their own selfish motives. Turn to the Church for healing. There are hundreds of millions of good Catholics on this earth. I overheard some of these SNAP members speaking after the mass…and their motives are highly questionable. I am going to do some more research on this less than transparent group.

  9. david clohessy says:

    Let’s hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes by these clerics (and others) will find the courage to speak up, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and start heaing.

    David Clohessy, Director, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (7234 Arsenal Street, St. Louis MO 63143), 314 566 9790 cell (SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

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