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2 Pa. priests removed over abuse allegations

- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has removed two priests from ministry after an investigation into allegations that they sexually abused minors over 40 years ago.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says in a Sunday release that separate investigations found that Reverend James J. Collins and Reverend John P. Paul are unsuitable for the ministry.

The Archdiocese says that the cases were referred to the district attorney's office, which declined to press charges.

Both men can appeal the verdicts to the Vatican. If they choose not to appeal they could be removed from the church or live a life of prayer and penance.

Collins had been placed on leave in May 2013 and Paul in December 2013. Neither man could be located for comment.

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