Breaking News – Two More Philadelphia Priests Permanently Removed from Ministry

Click here to see: “Archbishop Finds 2 Priests Unsuitable for Ministry”, April 7, 2013.


“Gallagher retired from the church in 2006, after spending sixteen years at Saint Richard in Philadelphia. He was placed on administrative leave in 2011. Last year, Gallagher was one of seven priests named in a civil suit alleging the Archdiocese covered up child sex abuse allegations. Gallagher is also the priest at the center of a wrongful death suit filed against the Archdiocese by the family of a man who killed himself in 2008 after his allegations were deemed not credible.

Gaspar most recently ministered at Our Lady of Charity in Brookhaven from 2008 to 2011, when he, like Gallagher and others, was placed on administrative leave. Gaspar was one of 21 priests suspended following an investigation into 37 “cases of concern” by former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Gina Maisto Smith.

In addition, Chaput confirmed Sunday that Monsignor Richard Powers was deemed not suitable for ministry last year.”

6 thoughts on “Breaking News – Two More Philadelphia Priests Permanently Removed from Ministry

  1. I see that another perp ( wonder who the enabler was) escaped Justice, however the Victim(s) has lived a lie of misery and despair, thank U marsico/ caltagirone !

  2. Hopefullly, some of those cases “being reviewed by law enforcement” will be shown to have enough evidence to prosecute.

  3. This is 2013, isn’t it? Well, will someone please tell me why Archbishop Chaput is still using the late Cardinal Bevilacqua’s handbook and instruction manual when it comes to candor, transparency, accountability and full disclosure regarding the management of clergy sexual abuse cases within OUR archdiocese?

    Someone please check the airplane ticket stub, yes, the one from Denver, Colorado. Please tell me it was a round-trip ticket.

  4. Is it any wonder the monsignor was deemed unfit for ministry.
    How many lives lost this side of Heaven, waiting at the seat of judgement to face not just those who drove them to despair, but those to whom they were accountable to.
    Terribly sad for all concerned and my heartfelt condolences.

  5. The Vatican confirmed that September 22 – 27, 2015, will be the official dates for World Family Day to be held in Philadelphia. It is hope that Pope Francis will attend this event.

    Seven cases involving accusations against priests, all of which were first referred to local prosecutors, are still unresolved. (April 8, 2013)

    17 months from now, will the final decision(s) have been made re these remaining priests?; will there be any more criminal trials re clergy abuse cases in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia?; will the parade of civil trials against the Archdiocese re clergy sexual abuse be played out during the occasion of World Family Day while the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is center stage in the international Catholic community?

    I for one hope Philadelphia-area Catholic donors don’t get their “noses out of joint” as a result of these new revelations from Archbishop Chaput.

    1. You can bet your life, children of priests will be nowhere to be found living a life of subterfuge, acknowledged or not.
      They don’t have the right to publicly claim “family”, without undue interference, a breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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