January 6, 2012 |
Here are the list of Archdiocese of Philadelphia's school closings/mergers, announced Jan. 6: BUCKS COUNTY St. Michael the Archangel , Levittown, merges with Our Lady of Grace , Penndel at the Penndel site. St. Mark , Bristol, merges with St. Ephrem , Bensalem, at the Bensalem site. Assumption BVM , Feasterville, merges with St. Bede the Venerable , Holland, at the Holland site. Holy Trinity , Morrisville, merges with St. John the Evangelist , Lower Makefield, at the Lower Makefield site.
July 5, 2013 |
The staggering financial deficits revealed Wednesday by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are not rooted primarily in the priest sex-abuse scandal, a church official said. "It's not so simple to say our problems are related to the sexual-abuse crisis," said Timothy O'Shaughnessy, chief financial officer for the archdiocese. "That is a serious issue, a very serious issue. . . . We've also had serious financial problems independent of the abuse crisis. " A massive $39.2 million loss for the year ended June 30, 2012, included $4.65 million in expenses for investigations of abuse allegations against priests and $6.69 million in miscellaneous legal and professional fees, including costs for Msgr.
May 1, 2015 |
For years, the man identified in court documents as John Doe 187 said he harbored thoughts of suicide - crippled by a "dark anger that was suffocating my soul. " The depression eased, he said, after he approached lawyers with allegations that a Philadelphia priest had abused him when he was a child, and he said he was prepared to testify against the priest at trial. That never happened. The man's lawsuit, filed in 2011 against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was settled last month - less than two months after the church settled a suit filed by another man who alleged that he, too, had been sexually abused as a boy by a priest.
February 24, 2014 |
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...
December 7, 1988 |
Joe Hudak (right) talks to Richard Bosti in a protest by District Council 47 at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia building, 17th Street near Cherry. Hudak says he was asked to resign his job at a Catholic children's home in Rosemont, Montgomery County, during a union organizing campaign there. Workers at St. Edmond's Home for Crippled Children are to vote Dec. 15 on whether they want DC47, the city's white-collar union, to represent them.
January 10, 2012 |
Administrators and priests at Catholic schools slated for closure will get a second chance at keeping their institutions open beginning Thursday, when the Archdiocese gets set to hear their appeals. "This is a human process. Mistakes can happen," said Archdiocese spokeswoman Donna Farrell. "The Archbishop is confident in the process that has occurred over the past year. It was a very thoughtful, deliberate process. He also acknowledged that it's a human process, so he knows when it's time to take a look.
January 11, 2012 |
ADMINISTRATORS and priests at Catholic schools slated for closure will get a second chance at keeping their institutions open beginning tomorrow, when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia gets set to hear their appeals. "This is a human process. Mistakes can happen," said Archdiocese spokeswoman Donna Farrell. "The archbishop is confident in the process that has occurred over the past year. It was a very thoughtful, deliberate process. He also acknowledged that it's a human process, so he knows when it's time to take a look.
September 2, 2000 |
The Catholic school teachers' union and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia inched toward a contract last night. Although they failed to reach a settlement, both sides agreed to continue to work over the holiday weekend, archdiocese spokeswoman Cathy Rossi said late last night. She said that "significant" progress was made but that both sides had agreed to a news blackout because talks had entered a critical phase. The Association of Catholic Teachers Local 1776 plans a meeting for its 1,000 teachers Tuesday - for either a strike vote or ratification vote, President Rita Schwartz has said.
March 27, 2010 |
Two Roman Catholic elementary schools in Montgomery County will close in June because of declining enrollment. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has accepted recommendations to shut the schools operated by the parishes of St. James in Elkins Park and Holy Martyrs in Oreland, The Inquirer has learned. The action, to be announced by the archdiocese on Monday, is the latest in a series of planned parish school closings and mergers throughout the region caused by rising costs and changing demographics, including population shifts and lower birthrates among Catholics.
September 7, 2011 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the union representing its striking high school teachers are scheduled to return to the bargaining table Thursday afternoon. After rejecting a new contract by a wide margin Tuesday, lay teachers Wedneday began manning picket lines outside the 17 high schools the archdiocese operates in the five-county region. Teachers said they were unhappy with changes in working conditions and job security proposed by the archdiocese. The Association of Catholic Teachers, Local 1776 last struck in 2003.