PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s archbishop has appointed seven new members to an archdiocesan  review board which examines allegations of clergy misconduct.

In a statement released today by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput announced the appointments to the 11-member panel.  But Anna Maria Catanzaro, who is chair of the review panel, says some of those appointees had already begun serving, to fill vacancies left by the retirement of several long-serving board members.

Catanzaro adds that some of the new members have legal or law enforcement experience.

“A number of them do have experience in child protective services, in child welfare, sexual assaults, and sexual crimes,” she told KYW Newsradio.

Catanzaro says the panel, which meets monthly, is awaiting the results of a review of the cases of nearly two dozen priests who were suspended from active ministry.  She says the group expects to receive the first reports on some of those cases soon.

She says the panel will then deliberate and make recommendations to Chaput.

Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio 1060

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