Philadelphia, Pa., Nov 26, 2011 / 16:22 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput spoke highly of seven new members of the archdiocesan review board that makes recommendations in suspected abuse cases.
“These individuals, Catholic and non-Catholic, possess a broad range of professional competencies that are essential to conducting a review process that is equally thorough and just to all who may be involved,” Archbishop Chaput said in a Nov. 22 statement announcing the appointments.
“Non-clerical external advisers such as these are crucial to the process,” he noted, “as they provide a high level of expertise coupled with objective advice.”
“I am grateful to all of them for their willingness to serve on the Archdiocesan Review Board and look forward to the unique perspective that each will bring to the table.”
New board members include retired Philadelphia Police Department Lieutenant Michael Boyle, formerly of the department's Child Abuse Unit; Judge-elect Charles Ehrlich, previously of the city district attorney's Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit; and veteran prosecutor Arnold Gordon.