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...
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.