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Local Priest Under Investigation by the Archdiocese

Rev. Joseph M. Glatts, formerly of St. Andrew Parish, Drexel Hill, now at Saints Simon and Jude rectory in West Chester is being investigated.

A priest with local ties was on the list released by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Wednesday in connection with the church sex-abuse scandal.

Rev. Joseph M. Glatts, formerly of St. Andrew Parish, Drexel Hill, now at Saints Simon and Jude rectory in West Chester, is one of the 21 priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who has been placed on administrative leave. Those on leave face accusations of inappropriate behavior or boundary issues with minors, or of more serious abuse, according to archdiocesan Director of Communications Donna Farrell.

A grand jury report released last month stated dozens of priests remained in active ministry even though what the jury deemed credible allegations had been lodged against them.

"In each case, the next step is a thorough indepedent investigation," according to a press release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The statement included portions of yesterday's press release, including Cardinal Rigali's emphasis that "administrative leaves are interim measures. They are not in any way final determinations or judgments." 

"I know that for many people their trust in the Church has been shaken," Rigali stated in the press release. "I pray that the efforts of the Archdiocese to address these cases of concern and to re-evaluate our way of handling allegations will help rebuild that trust in truth and justice."

Larry Truth March 10, 2011 at 07:36 AM
The Investigation should not be by the Archdiocese, it should be by the police! This is a criminal matter. Have we entered into the twilight zone?
Bobby Norwich March 10, 2011 at 12:18 PM
Only when the Church adopts a more normal model for the priesthood --- drop celibacy, allow clergy to marry, and ordain women --- will it attract a more normal population of priests. Short of that, these scandals will never end.
EILEEN MORROW March 10, 2011 at 06:08 PM
I totally agree with Bobby,not something I ever really wanted to face. Growing up Catholic and going to all Catholic schools and now working as a sales rep. selling Catholic Religious goods this is so embrassing to all of us who truly believe and love our Religion. I will always continue my feelings but something definitely needs adjusting to help all of us to keep the FAITH.
Nick March 11, 2011 at 06:02 AM
Dear Eileen, if someone really believes and loves the Catholic Religion they have to know that corruption in the Church has been in place since the very beginning when Christ built His Church "upon this Rock." Do you think God didn't know the heart of Judas before he was chosen as one of the tweleve? Judas was put there for a reason. Even though we have to suffer scandal in the Church we must remember that Christ also told us that the "gates of Hades will not prevail". Bobby is wrong. Go to www.reformation.com and see how the prostestant community is plagued by the same corruption. And if you look at the statistics, by scale, it's far worse in the protestant circles than in the Catholic Church. So keep the faith and watch out for the corruption because it will always be there but let God deal with the fallen ones. Don't let the fallen ones make you fall too (this is what Satan wants). There is absolutely no reason to be embarrassed if you know the Big picture.
D. Mccauley March 11, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Who sponsored that website, Nick? Sounds like the old, dig in their heels bastion of the Catholic church that has led us to leadership that does not regard women as equals in intelligence and performance. The brain drain has dragged down the church and filled its leadership with perverts and good men dealing with an unnatural culture in which dysfunction has flourished. Christ never put women in a caste below, nor did he reject married men and women priests. For the church to continue, it must start to recognize that perhaps a maternal voice would have awakened the bishops to the evil long ago; simultaneously, the church may a haven not have been such a haven for immature misogynists. D. McCauley
Nick March 11, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Hello D. Mccauley, if indeed brain drain has dragged down the Church then the Church must have been up at one time. Can you tell me when? And can you show me when, throughout all of salvation history of Judaism or Christianity, women were priestesses? And does it matter who sponsored the website? The news articles speak for themselves. On the flip side does it matter who sponsored http://bishopaccountability.org/ ? Nick
Judith McCracken March 14, 2011 at 02:34 PM
I believe that pedophia is pervasive however in my humble opinion celibacy greatly contributes to it and therefore the catholic church is rampant with this crime. If you read your bible God's word says that it is better for a man to marry. Celibacy is a rule of the catholic church and not God's rule. Until the catholic church lives by the bible rather than by the hierarchy this will cotinue to happen. I am an ex-catholic who is now a born again Christian living by "God's Word".
Nick March 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Hi Judith, What the Apostle Paul tells us contradicts your statement. Please re-read 1Corinthians chapter seven in it’s entirety and context. Here Paul talks about vocations to serve the Lord and vocations to marriage. He said it’s better to be unmarried just like he was because; “the unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided.” How can any minister truly love and serve the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind and have anything left over for his wife and kids? Like I said in a previous comment; the ratio of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church is lower than the ratio of pedophile ministers in the protestant churches. Therefore, it’s reasonable to conclude that celibacy is not a factor. As for living by the Bible; how did early Christianity, our model, live by the Bible? The books in the Bible weren’t compiled until the 4th century. For 300+ years the early Christians had no complete canon. They had no complete Bible like we have today. Can you say that you and your church model after the earliest Christians? How do you know?
Betsy Heckman March 15, 2011 at 02:13 PM
I couldn't agree more with Larry Truth...why is this not in the hands of the police...a pedophile is a pedophile, regardless of what religion he claims as his own...if this was a group without a religious affiliation, the men would be behind bars as we write this...stop the madness...treat them as would befit any degenerate...in fact, they are worse because they hide behind the church and their robes! And, stop spouting Bible verses...this is a country with laws and NO one is supposed to be above those laws.
Rich March 15, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Duh! The proven guilty clergy do go to jail. Get it? PROVEN GUILTY? How much media attention and money do you think YOU can gain if you yourself screamed rape! Just because someone is accused doesn't mean they're guilty! $$$$$$$$ brings all kinds of cockroaches out of hiding with false accusations in hopes to get money to keep quiet. The proven guilty do go to jail. Funny how dollar signs seems to cure amnesia. Why not go to the police when it happened?
Caroline March 16, 2011 at 05:18 PM
This so called priest said my sister's mother-in laws funeral. He was horrible showed no sympathy or kindness. He is a disgrace to the Catholic Church and a HYPOCRITE!!!
D. Mccauley March 18, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Nick, celibacy became the rule in the late Middle Ages as a practical way of keeping wealth in the church. It was neither dogma nor doctrine and therefore could change with necessity. We are in a crisis of leadership within the church right now, and an obvious solution seems to be to examine the possibility that a married clergy or women priests might be a solution no matter what Paul thought umpteen years ago. He was in no position to be speaking ex cathedra. I believe that some men could multitask and their flock could find them more sensitive and empathetic than the celibate priest who, don't get me wrong, could also find his mission in the church. We do need a solution to the dearth of priests. As to this little contest about who has the most pedophiles. We could leave that to God to judge as we seek to use talent to its best advantage in restoring health and vitality to our ailing church.
Nick March 18, 2011 at 05:16 PM
D. Mccauly, celibacy is a discipline. It is neither dogma nor doctrine. The doctrines of the Catholic Church are teachings that can never be reversed. On the other hand, disciplines refer to those practices (such as eating meat on Fridays) that may change over time as the Church sees fit. Historically the Church has made exceptions for a number of converted married ministers to become ordained. This is known as the “pastoral provision”. Just for the record, there are married Catholic priests serving locally today. Eastern rite priests have always been able to enter the priesthood married. If a married man believes he has a calling to become a priest he can do so in the Eastern rite. It’s also worthy to note the fact that when Jesus picked His Twelve, there were priestesses serving in pagan rituals. If Jesus wanted women priests to be included in His Church model he certainly had an opportunity to do so. Wealth? What wealth? The Vatican is not fantastically wealthy. In fact, it has run a budget deficit in most recent years and has an annual budget only around the size of that of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Only recently did the Vatican obtain common air conditioning. You appear to be giving an example of how religions outside of the Church and “Cafeteria Catholics” pick, choose and twist scripture and Tradition in alignment towards their own agendas. Then they go out and preach to the world their rights and interpretations. You obviously have your own agenda at heart
Ann March 21, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Rich, The Archdiocese of Philadelphia itself documented the many, many cases of abuse by its priests. That hundreds of children have been abused is not in dispute due to the Archdiocese's own records. People did not go to the police because the Church lied to them and said the Church would handle the matter. The Church has no credibility on the abuse issue due to its many decades of covering up for its pediophile priests. There any many guilty priests who should be in jail but can not be brought to trial as the statute of limitations has expired. It's a shame that Krol and his successors can not be held accountable for their criminal actions. It's also a shame that many good priests are tainted by the scandal.

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