The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has placed two retired priests on administrative leave. The action comes in response to last month’s grand jury report, after which 21 priests were placed on leave.
The names and parishes of the priests have not been revealed, but they are described as follows:
“One retired in 2005 and due to health reasons is not currently serving in any public ministry. The other priest retired in 2006 and has assisted at parishes in another diocese. The Bishop of the Diocese where he resides has been informed.”
The recommendation for leave came from attorney Gina Maisto Smith, who’s been advising the Archdiocese since the grand jury report indicting a teacher, monsignor and three priests was released. The cases of these priests on leave will be investigated further.