Report: Five Priests removed from Philly archdiocese due to sex abuse, misconduct allegations

    Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has removed five parish priests from the ministry due to sexual abuse and misconduct allegations, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    The Inquirer reports that Rev. Michael A. Chapman, Rev. Stephen B. Perzan, Rev. Peter J. Talocci, Rev. Mark E. Fernandes and Rev. Joseph M. Glatts were all removed from the archdiocese.

    Chapman was first placed on leave in March 2011 for allegedly violating standards of ministerial behavior and boundaries. A subsequent investigation found him suitable for ministry.

    But new allegations were reported in May of 2012 as he prepared to return to a Philadelphia parish. The archdiocese said it immediately reported the claims to law enforcement; church officials later suspended the priest a second time.

    The Inquirer reports that Perzan, of St. Helena Parish in Philadelphia and Talocci, of St. Patrick’s in Malvern, also face sexual-abuse allegations. However, the review board could not substantiate the sex-abuse allegations against them and they were removed for allegedly violating the “standards of ministerial behavior,” according to the Inquirer.

    The Inquirer reports that Fernandes, previously of St. Agnes Parish in Sellersville and Glatts, previously of SS. Simon and Judge in West Chester, were not accused of sexual misconduct but instead of violating church standards.

    The Inquirer also reports that two other priests, Rev. Zachary W. Navit and Rev. Francis J. Schlett were cleared to return to their positions after the review board was unable to substantiate the allegations against them.

    NBC10 reached out to the Archdiocese to confirm the Inquirer’s report. We have not yet heard back from them. According to the Inquirer, the Archdiocese will make an official announcement later today.

    Stay with NBC10.com for more details on this developing story.

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