PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Criminal charges and suspended priests have affected all areas of the Philadelphia Archdiocese. And a debate continues over the way things are going.
There are many aspects of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse story ongoing criminal investigations, suspensions and a continuing look at the problem by the archdiocese review board. Anne Shenberger has been a member for years.
“One of the things that we were concerned about was that it seemed that the perception on the part of the public was that the review board had actually reviewed the cases of these 37 priests and allowed them to remain in active ministry when in fact of those 21 that were suspended we had only reviewed the cases of seven of them.”
The indictments and suspensions have also brought a wave of lawsuits filed by alleged victims. Phil Gaughn, a married father, says it all began for him back in 1994.
“He was a long time family friend so he was held in the highest regard and has been for almost 40 years prior. So it was difficult to tell anybody or speak to anybody about it because of that and because of how I was feeling at the time.”
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Reported By Special Contributor Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio.