Click here to read: “Priest Facing Suspension – 18 Years Later,” by John P. Martin, The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 13, 2012
Excerpt: “The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to suspend a longtime parish priest almost two decades after church officials first learned that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The priest, Msgr. Richard T. Powers, is expected to be removed from his post as a senior priest at Epiphany of Our Lord in South Philadelphia and placed on administrative leave pending a review.
Powers, 76, who has served at parishes across the region since being ordained in 1963, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.”