July 21, 2016 |
It's a $47 million dilemma, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia could be a long way from an answer. For two years, the archdiocese watched developer Bruce Goodman scramble to work out a deal to build on 213 church-owned acres in Delaware County, to which he won the rights in 2014 with a $47 million bid. His plan, however, faced colossal pushback, first from residents opposed to clearing forest for hundreds of homes and big-box stores. Marple Township commissioners then denied his request for zoning changes, calling his development too dense.
July 7, 2016 |
Now that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has pulled out of a deal to sell a 213-acre tract in the heart of a heavily developed area of Delaware County, a group of local residents wants the county to buy the land for preservation. Organizers of a group called Save Marple Greenspace plan to attend the Delaware County Council meeting Wednesday morning to present their proposal to have a bond issue on the November ballot. "We're asking for a $100 million bond," said Ken Hemphill, an organizer with the group.
July 4, 2016 |
The email from Msgr. Daniel Kutys to the Delaware County man last year minced few words. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was in "critical condition on the financial front," Kutys wrote. It was still smarting from an $80 million shortfall in an investment fund for parishes - and needed to sell the 213 acres of church-owned land behind Cardinal O'Hara High School for $47 million. It would not change course, despite opposition from residents who feared losing one of the last, sprawling swaths of undeveloped land in their midst.
July 3, 2016 |
After two years of negotiations, the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Friday that it was pulling out of a deal to sell for commercial and residential development 213 acres in Delaware County. In a statement, the archdiocese said the largely undeveloped Marple Township tract - the size of 163 football fields - would go back onto the market. "Our intention is still to sell the property," spokesman Ken Gavin confirmed in an email. The collapse of the deal with developer Bruce Goodman was an unexpected turn for one of the more coveted parcels in a county where development space is at a premium.
June 17, 2016 |
Lay teachers have ratified a new labor agreement with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ensuring that 17 Catholic high schools will open on time in September. Members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers voted Tuesday to accept the one-year deal, which offers salary increases of $1,100 for the contract year starting Sept. 1. The deal addresses rising medical costs by introducing a pharmacy benefit manager to get better rates on prescription medications, said Rita C. Schwartz, president of Local 1776.
June 13, 2016 |
Already heartbroken that the city's first black Catholic church, St. Peter Claver, may soon be for sale, former parishioners were dismayed when a lawyer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia mispronounced the name of the historic icon during a court hearing last week. "Oh, it's a dagger in the heart to hear that ," said advocate Faye Anderson after Nina Stryker, an attorney for the archdiocese, pronounced "Claver" as rhyming with cadaver instead of with flavor . The gaffe was interpreted as a sign of insensitivity by the archdiocese toward black Catholics fighting to avert what they see as the irretrievable loss of their mother church at 12th and Lombard Streets and a vital cultural symbol.
April 12, 2016 |
Three South Philadelphia Roman Catholic parishes and two in Delaware County will either merge or "enter into a partnership," the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday. The South Philadelphia parishes affected are the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia at 1166 S. Broad St.; Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 1511 S. 10th St.; and St. Nicholas of Tolentine at 910 Watkins St. The two Delaware County parishes are Sacred Heart in Clifton Heights and St. Charles Borromeo in Drexel Hill.
March 19, 2016 |
Adults have a duty to love and protect children. Yet not a day goes by when we don't hear a story about children abused by someone they know and trust. Perpetrators cover a very wide spectrum, from parents to coaches to teachers to clergy. But especially bitter for the statewide Catholic community is a March 1 grand jury report detailing historical abuses that took place in Western Pennsylvania's Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. This news brings back ugly feelings for so many within our archdiocese, which learned its own lessons about child sexual abuse the hard way. The most important lesson is that the persons who suffer most in these tragedies are the survivors and their families.
March 14, 2016 |
As president of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, Janet Dollard is in charge of everything except academics on the small Bucks County campus. But in these challenging times for Catholic school enrollments, her job has been taking her far beyond Fairless Hills, on a mission to sign up foreign students willing to spend big money to pursue an American high school diploma. This month, for the fourth time in as many years, Dollard flew to China to spend three weeks sales-talking parents.
March 5, 2016
ISSUE | GENDER EQUALITY Same rules for all The sports headline, "Rule change allows boy-girl match" (Feb. 25) should have more accurately read, "Archdiocese of Philadelphia allows one boy to wrestle a girl to advance his wrestling hopes. " Changing a rule for one person - Father Judge's Tim McCall, who otherwise would have been prohibited from wrestling Mariana Bracetti Academy's Tatyana Ortiz in the District 12 Class AAA individual championships - is not a reason to celebrate. It highlights the obvious.