December 16, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has permanently removed five parish priests from ministry over allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct, including one priest who had previously been investigated and returned to duty last year. An archdiocesan review board had cleared the Rev. Michael A. Chapman in May 2012 of an abuse allegation involving a minor. But within months, a new accuser came forward with allegations dating back 30 years. In a statement expected to be released in parishes across the region Sunday, the archdiocese said the board substantiated new abuse accusations against Chapman and deemed him "unsuitable for ministry.
December 17, 2013 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday the suspension of a priest who it had allowed to continue working for nearly a year after multiple accusers alleged he had sexually abused them. It was only after "multiple, new allegations" surfaced within the last two months against the Rev. John P. Paul, formerly of Our Lady of Calvary Parish in Northeast Philadelphia, that church officials decided to place him on administrative leave last week. As has been its practice, the archdiocese declined Sunday to release any details about either the old or new allegations against Paul except to say that in all cases, his accusers said they were abused more than 30 years ago. Paul, 67, could not be reached for comment Sunday.
December 7, 2013 |
The painful financial restructuring underway in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia made substantial progress in the year ended June 30, a report released Thursday showed. The central financial office of the archdiocese lost $4.9 million in fiscal 2013, down from $17.6 million the year before, not counting unusual income and expenses in both years. Including those unusual or one-time items, such as $11.9 million in legal and professional expenses in fiscal 2012 and $10.3 million from the sale of real estate in 2013, the improvement in results for the Office for Financial Services, was even more dramatic.
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...
November 12, 2013 |
A pastor of a Northeast Philadelphia Catholic church who was accused of sexually abusing children 45 years ago - and not charged with any offenses after a recent investigation into the allegations - has resigned, according to parish officials. The Rev. John P. Paul, pastor of Our Lady of Calvary since June 2000, has moved out of the parish rectory, according to a memo posted on the parish school's website. "As a result of the extreme emotional duress experienced by Father Paul while the allegations were being investigated, and out of heartfelt concern for the families of OLC, Father Paul voluntarily resigned as Pastor so that the best interest of the parish could be served," said the memo, signed by Sister Mildred Chesnavage and Jeanne Costello, school administrators.
March 17, 2012 |
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.
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.
December 23, 2006 |
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.
February 14, 1989 |
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.