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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...
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July 27, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a North Dakota audience Thursday that Pope Francis had assured him he will visit Philadelphia for three days next year, and the Vatican seemed to confirm it, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia insisted Friday that Chaput's remarks were off the cuff and unofficial. "There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or the Holy See of Pope Francis' attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia," communications director Kenneth Gavin said in a statement Friday morning.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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July 27, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a North Dakota audience Thursday that Pope Francis had assured him he will visit Philadelphia for three days next year, and the Vatican seemed to confirm it, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia insisted Friday that Chaput's remarks were off the cuff and unofficial. "There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or the Holy See of Pope Francis' attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia," communications director Kenneth Gavin said in a statement Friday morning.
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July 11, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has denied the appeals of five Catholic parishes fighting to stay open. That response leaves Catholics angered by parish mergers with one more option: Sending an appeal to Rome. At least two parishes are planning to pursue that option, and have hired consultants and attorneys familiar with church law. "We're prepared to do whatever it takes," said Ralph DiGuiseppe, a parishioner of the former St. Ann parish in Bristol Borough, Bucks County. St. Ann, built by Italian immigrants, was merged July 1 with St. Mark Parish in Bristol.
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July 9, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing inside his new home in Swarthmore, Jack Abbott admired the Phillies poster being hung above his bed and surveyed the freshly painted room. "I love it," said Abbott, 59. It is his first new home since age 6, when he moved into Don Guanella Village, a facility for developmentally disabled men in Delaware County. Last week, Abbott and seven other men left the campus for a smaller, free-standing home. By July 2015, the Don Guanella Village property will belong to a developer, and its 128 residents will have scattered to about a dozen homes across the region.
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July 3, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has reached an agreement to sell its seven nursing and senior-living facilities for $145 million, officials said Tuesday. It's the biggest deal yet in Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's effort to fill deep financial gaps caused by years of overspending and mismanagement. The buyer, Center Management Group, is a privately held for-profit company in Flushing, N.Y. Center Management owns and operates 15 nursing homes in New York and New Jersey, including two former Catholic homes in Brooklyn, archdiocesan officials said.
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July 1, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the Church of the Holy Spirit in South Philadelphia on Sunday morning, scenes from the last five decades replayed in Barbara Diana's mind. She saw the baptisms of her three children. She saw her son playing the part of Joseph in the children's Christmas pageant. She saw her daughter weeping at graduation from Holy Spirit School, distraught by the idea of leaving her friends for high school. Diana said she can now relate to how her daughter felt that day. She, too, cried from a pew as her parish celebrated its last Mass before merging with a nearby parish.
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June 29, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL appeals court yesterday issued an order enabling the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to temporarily avoid being forced to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. The order followed an appeal Thursday by the Archdiocese of a federal judge's decision denying a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of parts of the Affordable Care Act. In his order yesterday, Third Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith wrote that both sides must say what impact two U.S. Supreme Court decisions expected Monday will have on the Philadelphia case.
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June 19, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five Catholic churches slated to close at the end of the month, together totaling more than 13,000 parishioners, have filed appeals with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Though their chances of winning are minimal, and the process is costly and lengthy, some parishes already are preparing for a second step: sending their cases to Rome. Any appeals will not delay parish mergers, set to take effect July 1. So, as they prepare to shut their doors, a few parishes are also hiring lawyers familiar with church law, holding meetings, and raising money.
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June 14, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former social worker and three employees of a residential-care facility for the disabled have been charged with selling the identities of children in their care to help others cheat on their taxes - a scheme U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger described Thursday as "truly despicable. " Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment accusing Gebah Kamara, 46, of Sharon Hill, of stealing personal information from several foster children he encountered while working for Catholic Social Services, the charitable wing of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 3, 2014
ISSUE | LEWIS KATZ Inspiration from a life lived fully What a wonderful triumph when only last week the turmoil over ownership of The Inquirer was resolved with the outcome of the auction ("Katz never forgot his roots," June 2). Finally, we could look forward to once again enjoying the wonderful gift that the paper provides to our daily lives. Then we had to accept the news of the tremendous tragedy of the death of co-owner Lewis Katz and his friends. How cruelly ironic. Life offers no guarantees, but Katz used what time he had to make life better for all of us. We should strive to do the same in his memory.
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June 3, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE HOLY SPIRIT Parish complex at 18th and Hartranft streets in Packer Park was founded 50 years ago this week, and Gina Falgiatore was on the groundbreaking crew a year later. Her husband dug one of the first holes, and when he took his shovel home, he painted it gold and tied a bow around it as a sign of accomplishment and his love for the parish. Yesterday, Falgiatore, 83, stood crying in the pews. Longtime friends and fellow parishioners helped wipe away her tears. At morning Mass, the Rev. Mark Kunigonis had just announced what many had been expecting.
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