March 28, 2015 |
A state Superior Court panel upheld this week the prison sentences of a Catholic priest and former parochial-school teacher convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy from Northeast Philadelphia. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero, a former St. Jerome teacher, were sentenced by a Common Pleas Court judge in June 2013 for abuse that occurred in the late 1990s. Their lawyers appealed, contending prosecutorial misconduct and citing new evidence. Engelhardt died Nov. 15, 2014, just weeks after his appeal was heard.
May 22, 2014 |
A little company with big voices, 11th Hour Theatre has won admiration and affection from Philly theatergoers. With a history of interesting, funny, and moving shows like The Bomb-itty of Errors , Tick, Tick . . . Boom! , Austentatious , and Ordinary Days , why would this sophisticated outfit choose to do Altar Boyz ? The lively, brash, high-decibel musical begins with the premise that "American consumers" want more Christianity in their entertainment, which this show proceeds to provide.
February 28, 2014 |
THE LATEST young man to accuse a Philadelphia Catholic priest of molesting him as an altar boy told a jury yesterday that the experience so badly shocked, embarrassed and debilitated him that he turned to drugs, alcohol and multiple suicide attempts before reaching his teens. The slim man, dressed in a white shirt, black tie and slacks, emotionally spoke of being 10 years old in 1997 when the Rev. Andrew McCormick invited him to the priest's rectory bedroom at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.
September 28, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The Rev. Robert L. Brennan's name loomed large in the "Secret Archives," the guarded personnel files of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Brennan also figured prominently in Philadelphia grand jury reports in 2005 and 2011. In last year's trial of a church official for covering up clergy sex abuse, witnesses detailed allegations that Brennan sexually abused about 20 boys while being transferred from parish to parish over a span of 15 years. Brennan, however, was never charged because the allegations happened too far back to be prosecuted.
September 27, 2013 |
A FORMER Philadelphia Catholic priest has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an altar boy, the Philadelphia district attorney announced yesterday. The Rev. Robert L. Brennan, 75, was arrested Wednesday night in Maryland and charged with rape and related crimes for allegedly abusing the boy from 1998 to 2001, when he was 11 to 14 years old. Brennan, who was in his early 60s at the time of the alleged assault, was an assistant pastor at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, in the Northeast.
August 23, 2013 |
IN A MOVE that must have caused a publicist to reach for the smelling salts, One Direction 's Zayn Malik has become engaged to Perrie Edwards , of the group Little Mix . They're both 20. Tearful One Direction fans decried the engagement as part of a Zaynist conspiracy. Rumors started to percolate when Perrie was spotted wearing a diamond ring Tuesday at the London premiere of the One Direction film "This Is Us. " Her mother, Debbie , confirmed yesterday that her daughter and Malik were engaged.
August 13, 2013 |
When the renowned Bucks County woodworker George Nakashima acquired a stunning, 300-year-old black walnut tree in 1983, he puzzled over exactly what to do with the spectacular wood. But then, in a dream, a lofty idea hit the man who had studied woodworking at a World War II internment camp: It should be used to build magnificent altars, all dedicated to peace and sent to the far corners of the world. The first "Altar for Peace" was dedicated in grand fashion at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan on New Year's Eve 1986, with a thrilled Nakashima, who operated his furniture-making business from a leafy enclave near New Hope, on hand for the celebration.
July 12, 2013 |
Q: MY SISTER was left at the altar a few years back by her fiancé. She became severely depressed and was committed several times. We worked very hard as a family to love her through the ordeal. It hasn't been easy. A few days ago she called me all excited and saying she's getting married to none other than her ex. She even asked me what had become of her wedding gown, because she's thinking of wearing it when she marries this cad. I don't want to rain on her parade, but I'm sick about all this.
February 4, 2013 |
The criminal case resulting from the serial sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northeast Philadelphia altar boy may well have ended with Wednesday's guilty verdicts against a priest and a former Catholic-school teacher. But the convictions of the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero have also opened the door for a civil lawsuit with the potential to reach beyond the two defendants into the hierarchy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The lawsuit by the former St. Jerome's altar boy dubbed "Billy Doe" was filed in July 2011 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
February 1, 2013 |
MINUTES before former Catholic-school teacher Bernard Shero was convicted Wednesday of raping an altar boy, he joked with the court crier and a deputy sheriff about leaving the courtroom. "Good effort, though," Shero chuckled, when told he couldn't. Shero wasn't laughing for long. On its fourth day of deliberating, a Common Pleas jury convicted Shero, 50, of all five crimes of which he was accused, and convicted his co-defendant, disgraced priest Charles Engelhardt, of four of the five counts against him. The jury deadlocked on one charge against Engelhardt, 66: involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.