Two Philadelphia priests removed from ministry for sexually abusing teenagers


John P. Paul (left) and James J. Collins have been removed from ministry.

Rev. John P. Paul, formerly of Our Lady of Calvary Parish, was permanently removed from ministry by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Church officials said an archdiocesan review board had substantiated at least one claim that Paul, 67, sexually abused a teenager more than 40 years ago.

Rev. James J. Collins, 75, who had worked as a professor of religious studies at Holy Family University in Northeast Philadelphia, was also permanently removed from ministry by the Archbishop.

Church officials offered no further details of the allegations against the men, except to say both involved 17-year-old victims and occurred decades ago. In both cases, local authorities had declined to pursue criminal charges because the statute of limitations had expired.

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