Former St. Agnes Priest Placed on Leave

The Rev. Michael Chapman, former priest at St. Agnes, has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has placed the Rev. Michael Chapman, former priest of St. Agnes from 1986-1990, back on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

According to the press release, Chapman was originally placed on leave in March 2011 for an alleged violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.

In May of 2012, as Archbishop Charles Chaput and the Office for Child and Youth Protection was working with the parish for his return, the Archdiocese received allegations of sexual abuse of minors against Chapman.

The Archdiocese immediately reported the new allegations, which allegedly occurred approximately 30 years ago, to law enforcement and delayed Chapman's return to the parish.

According to the release, Chapman has served at the following parishes, all in Philadelphia, except where noted: St. Bonaventure (1982-1986),  Little Flower High School (1983-1985), St. Agnes, West Chester (1986-1990), Saint Henry (1990-1991), Priest Vocation Coordinator for the Hispanic Apostolate (1990-1994); St. Veronica (1994-1999); Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (1999-2001); Ascension of Our Lord (2001-2011).

Reports of violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries can be directed to the Archdiocesan Office for Investigations at 1-888-930-1010.

Allegations of sexual abuse can be directed to a law enforcement agency and/or the Office for Investigations at 1-888-930-1010.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Victim Assistance Office can be contacted at 1-888-8780 or philavac@adphila.org.

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Judy Jones September 18, 2012 at 01:29 PM
For years now, victims have been saying that church officials can not police themselves. --And they are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes, that is the job for law enforcement. This is a perfect example as to why the statute of limitations for child sex crimes needs to be removed. How many kids need to be sexually abused to make these allegations valid? Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or may have been harmed Michael Chapman, will find the courage and strength to speak up and call police, not church officials, no matter how long ago the abuse happened.. Keep in mind that child predators rarely have only one victim. And your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com, (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,)
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