April 13, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia provided a sobering update on the Heritage of Faith - Vision of Hope fund-raising campaign, which ended its pledging period in early 2011. The amount of write-offs and pledges considered unlikely to be collected was $52.2 million as of June 30, the archdiocese said Friday. The archdiocese also clarified that the $221.5 million in pledges previously reported by archdiocesan officials included $36.5 million for parish-level campaigns that ran simultaneously but that were not included in the original $200 million goal of the campaign.
March 25, 2014 |
ROME - He's Philly's man in the Vatican, and he has close ties to all five counties of the Philadelphia region. The Rev. Bill Donovan, the fifth of eight children, grew up in Havertown's St. Denis Parish in Delaware County and went to Archbishop Carroll High School in Chester County. He taught at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Montgomery County, and at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Bucks County. He now works for an employee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In January, Donovan became Archbishop Charles Chaput's liaison to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is planning the enormous World Meeting of Families that could bring Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015.
March 24, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Archbishop Charles J. Chaput apologized Saturday to victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy and referred to "the negligence of the church's pastors" in allowing it to occur. "I apologize on behalf of the church," Chaput said in his homily at a late-afternoon "Mass for Healing for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse," attended by some 250 people. Similar Masses have been held elsewhere for victims of clergy sex abuse, but this was the first in Philadelphia, coming at a time when the archdiocese and Chaput have been strongly criticized by some groups of victims.
March 19, 2014 |
Taking a note from Internet users, a Catholic group in Philadelphia aims to bring flocks of the faithful to churches in the city for what could be considered "flash Masses. " Inspired by flash mobs' use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to draw a crowd, Mass Mob Philly is gearing up to attract dozens, or even hundreds, to a Mass this weekend in a church in the city's Spring Garden section. Ben DiFrancesco, a software engineer who organized Mass Mob Philly, said the planned event has been generating a lot of interest throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
March 16, 2014 |
SPRINGFIELD (Delco) A Catholic educator from Lancaster County will become the next president of Cardinal O'Hara High School, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Friday. Thomas Fertal is to begin the job in June, marking a change in leadership as the Delaware County high school also searches for a new principal. Fertal, 46, now principal of Lancaster Catholic High School, will replace William McCusker, who has led the school since 2001 and announced this academic year that he planned to retire.
March 16, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia delivered some relatively positive financial news Friday. Catholic Health Care Services, for example, which operates six nursing homes and a retirement home, had an operating profit of $3.9 million in the year ended June 30. Results at the facilities, which have been for sale since the summer, improved significantly from a loss of $497,454 the previous year, according to an audited financial statement released Friday....
March 14, 2014 |
AS IT TRIES to move past the clergy sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced earlier this week that it will host its first Mass for survivors of abuse. The Mass for Healing, which will take place March 22 at Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, will be led by Archbishop Charles Chaput and focus on prayers for the victims, the healing of the church and all those affected by the abuse. The Archdiocese said some survivors have been invited and are expected to attend the 5:15 p.m. Mass, which will also be broadcast via a live stream on the Internet.
March 12, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will end its eight-year practice of providing parochial school tuition to children of clergy sex-abuse victims at the end of this school year, citing low participation and a desire to refocus its spending on efforts that directly aid the abused. The news, quietly announced to participants last spring, has drawn the ire of beneficiaries who count the decision as yet another betrayal by church officials. And it has come as a surprise to people who were potentially eligible for help but say they were never told about the program.
February 26, 2014 |
The former principal of Cardinal O'Hara High School has sued the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for suddenly firing her last November, just five months after she was asked to be associate superintendent. The suit maintains that Marie Rogai was a distinguished Catholic school educator who was told she did not smile enough and was too direct in a meeting with her bosses on Nov. 8 in which she was asked to resign. After Rogai refused to step down, she was fired three days later with no explanation to her or the school community, the lawsuit says.
February 25, 2014 |
WHEN THE REV. John P. Paul resigned as pastor of Our Lady of Calvary Parish in November, the 67-year-old priest told his congregation that he was considering a serious road trip for "renewal" purposes. "If possible, I would like to study spirituality at Bellarmine University, in Louisville, KY . . . make a retreat in Assisi, Italy, and work with Fr. Mike in Malawi, Africa," Paul wrote in the church bulletin. He might have more time on his hands than he'd first anticipated. Yesterday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that Archbishop Charles Chaput has found Paul unsuitable for ministry because of at least one substantiated allegation that he sexually abused a 17-year-old more than 40 years ago. The Rev. James J. Collins also was deemed unsuitable for ministry based on a similar substantiated allegation.