Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has placed a Kensington priest on administrative leave for a second time after receiving new allegations of sexual abuse.
Rev. Michael Chapman of Ascension of Our Lord parish was first placed on leave in 2011 amid accusations of sexual misconduct by about two dozen priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.Since then, the diocese has taken steps to determine whether those men are suitable for ministry. In May, Chapman was found suitable.
“Before Father Chapman’s return, the Archdiocese received allegations of sexual abuse of minors against Father Chapman in May 2012,” reads the statement from the diocese. “The Archdiocese immediately reported the new allegations to law enforcement and delayed Father Chapman’s return to the parish.”
Champman is accused of abuse that allegedly took place 30 years ago. His parish was informed this weekend that he’s back on leave.