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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
February 24, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has permanently removed two more priests from ministry for substantiated claims of sexual abuse, including one who was allowed to keep working in his Northeast Philadelphia parish for nearly a year after accusations were first lodged against him. It was only after several fresh allegations surfaced late last year against the Rev. John P. Paul, formerly of Our Lady of Calvary Parish, that the archdiocese suspended him...
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.
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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NEWS
October 14, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Weeks after completing its last round of parish mergers and closures, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that 14 more parishes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties could be combined with nearby churches or shuttered. This time, the archdiocese is targeting three clusters of churches for cutbacks: In Delaware County's Springfield Township, the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross, and St. Kevin. In Montgomery County, the parishes of St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph in Ambler, St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham, St. Genevieve in Flourtown, and Holy Martyrs in Oreland.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The St. Peter Claver Center for Evangelization in Center City, which has served black Catholics for nearly 30 years, will close at the end of this month, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced. The center, housed in the former St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church at 12th and Lombard Streets, a historically black parish, was originally slated to close two years ago amid major archdiocesan cutbacks, including the layoff of a quarter of the staff at headquarters. But the archdiocese's Office for Black Catholics, part of the Secretariat for Evangelization, appealed the decision, and the center was given a reprieve because grants from outside the archdiocese were supporting its programs.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday announced the sale of three suburban properties for $56.2 million and said it will use the proceeds to help plug gaps in its balance sheet. In addition to the previously reported sale of a 200-plus-acre property in Delaware County to Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties for $47 million, the archdiocese said that it had an agreement to sell a 454-acre property in Northampton County for $5.5 million, and that it had sold 55 acres in Chester County for $3.7 million.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A shuttered house of worship in Philadelphia's Fishtown section moved a step closer to possible demolition as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput issued an order Sunday decertifying the building as a Roman Catholic church. The archbishop issued a decree of relegation "to profane but not sordid use" for St. Laurentius Church at Memphis and Berks Streets. Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the decree means that if the church is demolished or put to another use, the property could not be used for any purpose contrary to Catholic teachings.
NEWS
August 16, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was forced to respond again Thursday to a reported off-the-cuff remark indicating that Pope Francis will come to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. This time, the speaker was the pope himself, answering a question about whether he would attend the international gathering. "In Italian, I asked him if he would come to Philadelphia," NBC reporter Anne Thompson said of the question she asked the pontiff on the papal plane to South Korea.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties has won the bid to develop a 200-acre-plus parcel on Sproul Road in Marple Township, property owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that backs up to Cardinal O'Hara High School. The development could consist of as many as 300 houses and 800,000 to 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space, including a Wegman's supermarket, said real estate brokers familiar with the deal. "All I can say is we're very excited to be selected as developer," Bruce Goodman, owner of Goodman Properties, said Friday.
NEWS
August 5, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
IT OPENED its doors at 63rd and Callowhill streets in 1887, becoming Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in 2005, and those doors now have closed. The once-church, then turned worship site, officially closed Friday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday. The West Philly church had seen its fair share of changes. In January 2013, it merged with St. Cyprian Parish, at Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue, remaining open as a worship center. It was used only occasionally for Masses, funerals, weddings and more.
NEWS
August 5, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing high upkeep costs, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that it had closed Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in West Philadelphia on Friday. In January 2013, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish merged with St. Cyprian Parish. Most services were held in St. Cyprian Church, 525 Cobbs Creek Parkway. Blessed Sacrament, at 63d and Callowhill Streets, was an "alternate worship site" that hosted occasional Masses, funerals, weddings, and baptisms, archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin said.
NEWS
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
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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