Cardinal Justin Rigali
The Catholic Church in Philadelphia began marking the holiest week on the Christian calendar on Thursday, under the cloud of the priest sexual abuse scandal.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia placed two retired priests on administrative leave Wednesday, bringing to 23 the number of priests suspended following a scathing grand jury report on allegations of child sex abuse.
Priests who have spoken with Eyewitness News are increasingly frustrated with the way they say the church hierarchy is dealing with the child sex abuse scandal.
Cardinal Rigali presided over the St. Patrick’s Parade mass and he emphasized the many contributions of St. Patrick to the Irish people and the world.
Cardinal Justin Rigali led a penance service at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, ending a week where 21 priests — under investigation for abuse, were placed on administrative leave.
The spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia addressed the grand jury report on priest sex abuse and his response to it during his Ash Wednesday mass in center city.
As Roman Catholics marked Ash Wednesday, 21 priests suspended by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia a day earlier for alleged sexual abuse claims were identified.
Church abuse protesters handed out flyers during Ash Wednesday mass in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, one day after 21 priests were temporarily removed from ministry by the church.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the suspension from ministry of 21 priests cited by a Philadelphia grand jury report last month as ducking what the panel believed were credible accusations of abuse.
The Philadelphia archdiocese has suspended three priests named as alleged child molesters in a scathing grand jury report, and pledged to reopen complaints made against 34 others still on the job.
A new civil suit claims a boy was sexually abused by two priests in the 1990s and leaders of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia conspired to cover it up.
Three priests and a Philadelphia Catholic school teacher have been charged with raping and assaulting two young boys over the course of several years. A fifth man, a monsignor, has been charged with child endangerment.
Many Catholics across the region got up bright and early to leave for Washington D.C. Monday morning for the 38th Annual March For Life. The march protests the historic Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will conduct an interfaith prayer service and send out volunteers to work on community projects for the Martin Luther King holiday this coming Monday.
Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrated mass today at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to express spiritual union with the Haitian community on the eve of the earthquake a year ago.