PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has finalized three priests’ removal from archdiocesan ministry: one who faces a “substantiated” allegation of abuse in a 40-year-old incident and two priests who have been accused of sex abuse or other misconduct.
The archbishop ruled that retired priest Msgr. Richard Powers, Father Joseph Gallagher and Father Mark Gaspar are “unsuitable for ministry.”
“After reviewing all the facts, as well as recommendations from competent external authorities, I made the decisions I feel are right and just,” Archbishop Chaput said April 7 regarding Fathers Gallagher and Gaspar.
Archbishop Chaput’s decision was informed by the...READ MORE