Archdiocese Suspends 21 Priests Pending An Investigation Into Widespread Child Abuse Allegations

NEW YORK TIMES: Parishioners began filing into the massive Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul here just before noon for Ash Wednesday services, their heads bowed, as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia faces one of its biggest crises. On Tuesday, it announced it had suspended 21 priests in connection with allegations of sexual abuse and inappropriate behavior with minors. Cardinal Justin Rigali, the archbishop of Philadelphia, who was officiating at the service, was expected to address the scandal, which has many in his 1.1-million-member church reeling. A dozen protesters stood quietly by the front doors carrying placards. One read: “Name […]