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.
November 23, 1999 |
La Arquidiocesis de Filadelfia is taking to the airwaves. The archdiocese, in an effort to raise its profile in Hispanic Philadelphia, begins a Gospel-based 30-minute Spanish language program on Sunday. "It's going to be lively, not preachy," said Anna Vega, director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics, after a press conference yesterday at which Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua announced the launch. Preaching, or at least discussion of the week's Gospel with a priest and lay leaders, will be part of every show.
February 4, 1988 |
The first scripture reading at St. Adalbert's Catholic Church in Kensington this morning told of King David's instructions to his son Solomon, who was to succeed David on the throne of Israel. David tells Solomon to "Keep the mandate of the Lord your God, following his ways and observing his statutes. " That could well be Cardinal John Krol's parting instructions to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and its new cardinal, Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua, according to Rev. Joseph J. Zingaro of St. Adalbert's.
April 30, 1989 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia made special provisions to sell Pepperidge Farm a parcel of land in order to keep workers in Downingtown, but the company never responded to the offer, an archdiocesan spokesman said Thursday. On Tuesday, bakery executives announced that the plant would move to Adamstown in Lancaster County. Several of the Downingtown Pepperidge Farm workers, concerned about losing their jobs, wrote to the Archdiocese requesting that it consider selling the property, which is part of the St. John's Hospital grounds near the Downingtown plant.
March 21, 1987 |
A proposed high school exhibition baseball game that would have been taped by NBC-TV at Veterans Stadium on Monday has been called off by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because it would generate union opposition from the National Association of Broadcasting Engineers and Technicians. "It's not going to come off," said the Rev. John Siebel, spokesman for the archdiocese. "We had no idea there was a union issue involved here. " The special noontime game between North Catholic and Monsignor Bonner High Schools was to have served as a session to train NBC-TV nonunion employees how to telecast major-league baseball in anticipation of a possible strike by the union March 31, an NBC-TV official said Thursday.
September 24, 2005 |
Confronted with the grand jury report finding an "immoral" cover-up of sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has counterpunched with a classic damage-control strategy familiar in politics: two messages, one conciliatory, one tough. While Cardinal Justin Rigali spoke of reconciliation and reform, the archdiocese's lawyer attacked the findings as a "vile diatribe" motivated by anti-Catholic bigotry. In the 48 hours after that initial response Wednesday, the strategy has continued in news interviews with Rigali, full-page newspaper ads, and a pastoral letter from the cardinal in the archdiocesan newspaper.
April 17, 1991 |
Archbishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua has kicked off a major fund-raising campaign, hoping to pull in $100 million over the next three to five years in an effort to strengthen the spiritual and financial pillars of the archdiocese - the Catholic family and the parish. Plans for the campaign, called "Catholic Life 2000," were announced yesterday at a press conference. "Actually, our needs are much higher than $100 million," Bevilacqua said as a group of uniformed children representing different parishes sat quietly on a stage behind him. "It's very hard to estimate the needs, but many of the parishes are suffering a great deal.
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 10, 1992 |
The area's financially troubled Catholic high schools saw a glimmer of hope yesterday in a $2 million challenge grant from the Annenberg Foundation. The schools will get the money over the next four years - providing that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia can raise an additional $8 million from other donors. Ten high schools are threatened with closure or merger, and the archdiocese hopes the Annenberg grant will spur corporations, foundations and parishioners to contribute enough to keep most, if not all, of them open.
December 24, 1999 |
Sister Mary Margaret Cribben, 87, of Merion, a 27-year teacher for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and associate professor at Villanova University, died Wednesday at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital of heart failure. Sister Mary Margaret taught English and was a librarian at Mater Misericordiae Academy, now Merion Mercy Academy, from 1956 through 1969. She also taught at St. Matthias School in Bala Cynwyd, St. Margaret School in Narberth, and Our Lady of Lourdes School in Philadelphia.