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.
September 19, 2011 |
A tentative agreement was reached Sunday that could end the two-week strike by lay teachers at high schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Shortly after 6 p.m. the archdiocese and the Association of Catholic Teachers, Local 1776, released a joint statement announcing the settlement. Neither side would reveal details of the proposed agreement until it is presented to the 711 union members for a vote at 10 a.m. Monday at Penn's Landing Caterers. "Both parties have agreed not to comment until after a general membership meeting of the union where teachers will vote on acceptance of the terms of the tentative agreement," the statement 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.
March 11, 1995 |
A Darby Borough tombstone maker contends in a federal lawsuit that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has cornered the market in "the burial of Roman Catholics," and is now squeezing him out of the market for headstones. Joseph Alessi says in the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Cemeteries is keeping his Alessi Bros. Memorials company from gaining a bigger share of the tombstone market by holding him to standards not required of his competitors.
September 11, 2003 |
High school teachers on strike against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are set to rally today outside the archdiocese's Center City headquarters shortly before negotiations resume. Meanwhile, the 23,300 students who attend the 22 affected high schools will be out of school for the fourth day - the 10th day of the walkout, tying a 1997 record for the longest strike in the history of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers. Scheduling problems, with negotiators for the archdiocese reportedly not available, prevented any talks from being held yesterday.
June 22, 2012 |
ON WEDNESDAY, when he addressed a conference of Catholic journalists in Indianapolis, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said, "The habits of Catholic culture run very deep in the Philadelphia region. " On Thursday, Chaput announced deep and drastic cuts for the church back here in Philadelphia, including 45 layoffs, the consolidation of several offices and ministries, and the elimination of its print newspaper, the Catholic Standard & Times, a very old reading habit for local Catholics.
April 9, 1987 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Marple Township officials are on opposite sides of the fence over a proposal to enclose the grounds of SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. The archdiocese has filed permits to erect 2,600 yards of fencing along Sproul and Crum Creek Roads. But township commissioners said at a work session Monday night that residents of the area were concerned that the fence would be an eyesore. The archdiocese has proposed constructing the wrought-iron fence along Sproul Road and a metal chain-link fence along Crum Creek Road.
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.