The priest sex abuse scandal involving the Philadelphia Archdiocese has resulted in a number of dismissals. Late last year in December, the Philadelphia Archdiocese announced the fate of seven more priests. Of the seven priests, five more were removed from ministry due to a substantiated finding of either an alleged sexual abuse of a minor or an alleged violation of the standards of priest behavior. Among the list are Joseph Glatts and Mark Fernandes; both were removed for alleged violations of behavior standards.
Philadelphia Priest Mark E. Fernandes
Father Mark Fernandes is one of the youngest priests from the list to be removed from ministry. He is 40 years old and was ordained in roughly ten years ago, in 2004. In 2006, he was placed on administrative leave with a private residence and from 2007-2009, he was placed on health leave. He served at the following parishes and schools:
- Assumption, B.V.M., West Grove (from 2004-2005);
- Holy Cross, Springfield (from 2005- 2006);
- Chaplain, Grand View Hospital, Sellersville (from 2009-2010); and
- Saint Agnes, Sellersville (from 2009-2011).
Philadelphia Priest Joseph Glatts
Father Glatts is 75 years old and was ordained in 1966. Like Father Fernandes, Perzan and Talocci, Glatts was removed for violations of priest behavior standards. The Archdiocese did not elaborate on the details of his dismissal from ministry. He served at the following Philadelphia area parishes and schools:
- Saint Anthony of Padua, Philadelphia (from 1966-1967);
- Saint Alphonsus, Philadelphia (from 1967-1968);
- Saint John Neumann High School, Philadelphia (from 1967-1971);
- Saint Irenaeus, Philadelphia (from 1968-1971);
- Pennsylvania National Guard (from 1969-1971);
- Resurrection of Our Lord, Chester (from 1971-1976);
- Saint James High School for Boys, Chester (from 1971-1976);
- Villa Saint Joseph, Darby (from 1976);
- United States Air Force (from 1976-1999);
- Saint Joseph, Aston (from 1999-2000);
- Saint Andrew, Drexel Hill, (from 2000-2008); and
- Saints Simon and Jude, West Chester (from 2008-2011).
Victims of Priest Sex Abuse Can Obtain Justice in the Civil Courts
Anyone who has been the victim of priest sex abuse in Pennsylvania may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator and the church. Whether it is a priest, nun, or school teacher, the diocese and archdiocese may be liable for failing to prevent the abuse.
Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Civil Attorney – Representation by a Former Sex Crimes Unit Prosecutor
For more information, contact Brian Kent, a former sex crimes unit prosecutor and now civil sex abuse victims lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. FREE Consultations for victims of abuse. 800.220.7600
Source: Archdiocese of Philadelphia press release, Background Regarding Resolutions to Seven of the Cases of Priests on Administrative Leave, December 15, 2013
Published: February 4, 2014