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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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 24, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A MAN WHO has claimed he was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest in the rectory of St. John Cantius Parish in Bridesburg has filed a lawsuit against the priest and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The man, now 27, has accused the Rev. Andrew McCormick, now 59, of sexually assaulting him in 1997, when the man was a 10-year-old altar boy. Two criminal juries - one on March 11 of this year, another on March 12, 2014 - deadlocked on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, child endangerment and corruption of a minor against McCormick.
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July 14, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
PARENTS AND alumni of Waldron Mercy Academy gathered once again to show support for Margie Winters - the faculty member ousted from the Catholic school because of her same-sex marriage - this time at a prayer service last night in Montgomery County. About 120 adults and children braved the humidity, nearly 90-degree temperatures and plenty of gnats to attend "A Prayer Service for Mercy and Healing" at General Wayne Park in Lower Merion. One of the vigil's organizers, alum Christine Gallagher, started off the service saying, "We gather as a community this evening to do what we have been taught to do in times of need: pray.
NEWS
July 11, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Kenney, the Democratic nominee for Philadelphia mayor, is blaming the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the controversial firing of a Catholic school faculty member who is in a same-sex marriage. Kenney on Thursday urged Waldron Mercy Academy, an elementary school in Merion, to reinstate Margie Winters, the director of religious instruction, who was fired June 22 for being in the marriage. Winters has said she told the school about her marriage when she was hired in 2007. The couple married in Boston.
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July 10, 2015 | Regina Medina, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LIKELY next mayor of Philadelphia has urged administrators at a Montgomery County Catholic elementary school to reinstate a gay teacher who was fired for her marriage to a woman. "Discrimination and hate have no place in the Church's teachings and certainly not in its schools," Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney said in a statement released by his campaign yesterday. "I urge the school administrators to reinstate Margie Winters. " Winters, the popular religious education and outreach director at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion Station, was fired last month after complaints about her marriage were lodged with the school and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
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July 9, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A RELIGIOUS-EDUCATION director at a Montgomery County Catholic school has been dismissed because, parents say, she is lesbian wedded to a woman. Many parents have voiced support for the educator, Margie Winters, director of religious education and outreach, calling her "inspirational" and "dedicated. " Now they're directing their ire not at the school and its sponsor, the Sisters of Mercy, but at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Archbishop Charles Chaput. "It's time to get the attention of the Archdiocese and the Catholic hierarchy and let them know this is illegal," said Katie Culver, who has three children at the school.
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June 16, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
FOR FRAN McFADDEN, a member of the Incarnation of Our Lord parish for 55 years, the news yesterday that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia would shutter the Olney church building was "devastating. " McFadden, 70, graduated from the parish school along with her four siblings and her two daughters, she said. Faith is part of McFadden and so is Incarnation, she said. "It's not easy. You give your life to your faith then your church is gone," said McFadden, who immigrated to the United States from Ireland when she was 7 years old. "There is an opening in my heart.
NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the union representing teachers at its 17 high schools announced Friday they had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract. The deal is subject to a ratification vote, which is expected later this month, by 635 members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers. Details on the tentative contract were not released, but the teachers in May rejected a proposed one-year deal because, they said, the wage increases that were offered would not cover the increase in health-care costs.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families is reportedly under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reported bought a 14th-century castle in Umbria at an artficially low price with the intention of reselling it for a profit a full market value. "The alleged scam would have netted a profit" of about $4.4 million, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
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May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia this year, is under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reportedly bought the 14th-century San Girolamo castle in Umbria, Italy, at an artificially low price with the intention of reselling it at market value. "The alleged scam" would have netted a profit of about $4.4 million, the London newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
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May 29, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
A cyber-school principal has been hired to head Cardinal O'Hara High School, whose former principal - abruptly fired in November 2013 - recently settled a lawsuit with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Eileen Vice, an alumna of O'Hara who has worked at 21st Century Cyber Charter School in Downingtown since 2004, will replace Pete Balzano, who took over after the archdiocese dismissed Marie Rogai without explanation. Vice will begin at the 1,300-student school July 1, the archdiocese said in a news release Wednesday.
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