January 1, 2012 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has decided to sell the 16-room stone mansion that has been home to Roman Catholic cardinals here for 76 years. Sources say his decision, which he will announce soon, appears driven in part by his expectation that he will be closing parishes and schools across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the next several years. A person with knowledge of the announcement said Chaput, who was installed as archbishop in September, did not want parishioners to endure closings while he lived in a baronial home.
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.
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.