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October 20, 2006
RE RONNIE Polaneczky's column "Your e-mail can help fight sex abuse of kids": The Archdiocese of Philadelphia encourages efforts to strengthen state laws that would result in greater protection for children, in particular, lifting the criminal statute of limitations, increasing penalties for offenses against children, enhancing the Child Protective Services Law's reporting requirements, amending the law to require background checks in non-school organizations...
NEWS
September 3, 2011
NEGOTIATORS for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the union representing lay Catholic high-school teachers were expected to continue contract talks late into last night and over the holiday weekend. The two sides remain "at a stalemate" on substantial proposals regarding educational issues in the classroom, said Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the Archdiocese. He said the two sides exchanged proposals on salary matters yesterday. Also yesterday, Heather Cummings, a spokeswoman for the Association of Catholic Teachers, Local 1776, said the union is hopeful there will be a contract proposal to present to more than 700 teachers at a general meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Penn's Landing Caterers, on Columbus Boulevard.
NEWS
March 17, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Friday suspended its top lawyer, less than two weeks before a trial that could shine a spotlight on the role he and other church lawyers played in the handling of decades of child-sex-abuse allegations. In an e-mail to employees and pastors, archdiocesan officials said general counsel Timothy R. Coyne was placed on administrative leave but did not say why. Coyne could not be reached late Friday. Representatives for Archbishop Charles J. Chaput declined to comment.
NEWS
December 23, 2006 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced it is seeking to permanently remove the Rev. John H. Mulholland from priesthood after finding credible evidence that he sexually abused a minor in the mid-1970s. Mulholland was removed from active ministry in September 2005, soon after a Philadelphia grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in the archdiocese reported that Mulholland had a history of sadomasochistic activity with teenage boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His case now goes before the Vatican, which can decide to laicize him. Donna Farrell, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, could not immediately confirm yesterday whether Mulholland had admitted having sexual contact with a minor.
NEWS
February 14, 1989 | By Valeria M. Russ, Daily News Staff Writer
Customarily the various parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have operated as independent bodies, answerable only to their pastors and the Archbishop. But a new reorganization plan, to be outlined this week, will change all that. Regionalism, in the form of six new vicariates to be headed by six episcopal vicars, has come to the archdiocese. Starting Thursday and continuing for the next two weeks, Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua will meet with members of the laity and parish pastors in the five- county archdiocese to discuss the reorganization.
NEWS
August 22, 1991 | By John P. Martin, Special to The Inquirer
Bucks County Judge Michael J. Kane said Nancy Washo's agreement with the pastor of a Newtown church to build a preserve for endangered birds was noble. But after a week of testimony, he said Tuesday that it was also invalid. Kane dismissed Washo's contention that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reneged on a 1986 deal to sell her 23 acres of land for $6,500 an acre. The land was part of an estate willed to St. Andrew's Church by a former parishioner. The judge accepted defense arguments that Washo's makeshift agreements with Msgr.
NEWS
June 1, 1988 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Msgr. David E. Walls, the vicar for Catholic education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has resigned for reasons of health, and a committee has been appointed to find his successor. His departure was announced in the current issue of the Catholic Standard and Times, the weekly newspaper published by the archdiocese. Marie Kelly, assistant director for communications for the archdiocese, said yesterday that Msgr. Walls had submitted his resignation May 13. The nature of his illness was not disclosed.
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March 24, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
JOHN WISNIEWSKI, 60, says he has been with St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown all his life. His parents and grandparents were married there, and he was baptized there. A.J. Thompson, 38, left another church two years ago to join St. Laurentius, a church he found "welcoming," he said. Now, both men are furious with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which announced yesterday that it would proceed to demolish the 133-year-old building at Berks and Memphis streets, the oldest Polish church in the city.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and local organizers of the World Meeting of Families announced Monday the creation of 15 committees to coordinate the international gathering in September, which will feature a visit to Philadelphia by Pope Francis. The committees will develop programming and coordinate efforts on such topics as music, "visitor experience," liturgies, youth events, parish preparation, and papal events. Sponsored by the Vatican and hosted by the archdiocese, the six-day gathering will feature a four-day congress of lectures and workshops at the Convention Center.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County priest removed from ministry last month was placed on leave because it was discovered that a trove of pornographic images he had downloaded in 2005 may have included up to a dozen photos of minors, the archdiocese said in a statement Tuesday. The Rev. Louis J. Kolenkiewicz, 47, most recently of St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, had been disciplined in 2005 and 2011 for downloading pornography, Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesman Ken Gavin said. But recently, Gavin said, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office - which had investigated the previous cases but declined to press charges - told the archdiocese that among the 12,000 images Kolenkiewicz downloaded in 2005, up to 12 may have depicted juveniles.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican is asking Catholics around the world how the church can better serve their families, but local response to Rome's questionnaire has been lackluster, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reports. The Diocese of Camden, meanwhile, has rewritten the survey's dense language - what it calls "Vaticanese" - inspiring lively conversations in its parishes. The emphasis on families comes as the region prepares for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, which will be capped by a visit from Pope Francis.
NEWS
February 17, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has placed a Bucks County priest on administrative leave while it reviews allegations against him. The archdiocese said Sunday it had placed the Rev. Louis J. Kolenkiewicz, 47, on leave, "in an abundance of caution. " Archbishop Charles J. Chaput took the action in response to new information stemming from allegations that were investigated twice before, in 2005 and 2011. The archdiocese did not disclose details of the allegations but said Kolenkiewicz was alleged to have violated ministry standards regarding the boundaries of appropriate behavior for interacting with children and young people.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday announced a $10-million fund-raising goal for its annual Catholic Charities Appeal, which supports the archdiocese's Catholic Social Services programs in the region. In each of the last two years, the appeal's goal of $10 million was met, officials said. More than 50,000 people donated last year. The appeal supports 80 charitable programs - including educational programs for children and youth with disabilities, soup kitchens for the homeless, senior centers and hospices - that provide services to more than 200,000 people a year, regardless of their faith, the archdiocese said.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to announce next Tuesday this year's fund-raising goal for its annual Catholic Charities Appeal, which supports the archdiocese's Catholic Social Services programs in the region. In each of the last two years, the appeal's goal of $10 million was met, officials said. More than 50,000 poeple donated last year. In 2013, there were 73,806 gifts totaling $10.03 million. An official figure for 2014 was not available. The appeal supports 80 charitable programs - including educational programs for children and youth with disabilities, soup kitchens for the homeless, senior centers and hospices - that provide services to more than 200,000 people a year, regardless of their faith, the archdiocese said.
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Next year's World Meeting of Families here, capped by Pope Francis' visit to the city, could mean "a rebirth of the archdiocese," Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Monday. Chaput told a news conference that he could not shake off the gloom even when Pope Benedict XVI informed him last year that his battered archdiocese would host the 2015 World Meeting. Dogged by clergy sex abuse scandals for more than a decade, the 1.4 million-member archdiocese has also been obliged to close dozens of parishes and schools in recent years because of financial stresses.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The battle over the future of a landmark 132-year-old church in Fishtown took a decisive turn this week when workers began removing icons and other sacred relics from the Gothic structure that was once home to the oldest Polish Catholic church in Philadelphia. Early Monday morning, residents and parishioners who had worked to keep St. Laurentius alive watched with frustration as workers from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's office of special projects began removing objects including statues, chalices, and other sacred items.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's too soon to say that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has recovered from the deep financial distress it was mired in three years ago, but financial statements released Thursday show positive momentum continued in the fiscal year ended June 30. On an operating basis, the archdiocese's central financial office posted a loss of $3.1 million in fiscal 2014, down from $4.9 million the year before and well below the $17.6 million loss in fiscal 2012....
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