'Unsuitable' priests in Archdiocese named

Archbishop Charles Chaput

May 4, 2012 3:29:23 PM PDT
Five priests were deemed unsuitable for ministry because of substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or other inappropriate conduct, the city's Roman Catholic archbishop said Friday.

Three other priests would return to the ministry and another died during the investigation, Charles Chaput said.

The names of the priests are:

Unsuitable for ministry:
Revs. George Cadwallader, Robert Povish, John Reardon, Thomas Rooney; Msgr. Francis Feret

Suitable for ministry:
Revs. Philip Bar, Michael Chapman and Msgr. Michael Flood.

Rev. Daniel Hoy

"The process of reviewing these cases was designed to ensure that the decisions announced today reflect our commitment to protect children, assist victims, restore the integrity of the priesthood and provide evidence to the broader community that they can have confidence in these outcomes," Chaput said.

Last February, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chaput's predecessor, placed 26 priests on leave following a grand jury report imploring the archdiocese to take action,

Cardinal Rigali called on a veteran child sex abuse prosecutor to lead a team of experts in reviewing the cases. They considered 400,000 documents and interviewed more than 200 witnesses.

"These decisions are rooted in a comprehensive process that delved deeply into the suitability for ministry and the protection of children," said Gina Maisto Smith, the church investigator.

It was also announced that six cases are still under review by law enforcement so the church inquiry cannot begin yet.

Two cases were just cleared by law enforcement and a church review is pending. For nine more priests, the church investigation is complete but the Archbishop has not made a final decision on their futures with the church.

During the press conference, Chaput offered his "heartfelt apology" to all victims of clergy abuse.

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