September 26, 1998 |
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua announced yesterday that fiber-optic cable is being installed to link Roman Catholic schools and offices throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "Today, we take another step on the road to success by merging our schools onto the world's information superhighway," Cardinal Bevilacqua said. The telecommunication network, which will take three years to complete, will go first to the 22 diocesan high schools, with a combined enrollment of 23,100 students.
February 5, 1986 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will close a vocational training school for delinquent boys in June unless the City of Philadelphia increases its funding for the program, according to archdiocesan officials. Auxiliary Bishop Martin N. Lohmuller, vice president of the board of Catholic Charities, has told Mayor Goode that De La Salle Vocational Day Treatment Center in Bucks County will close unless the city agrees to a 9 percent increase in the amount paid for each boy from Philadelphia in the program, according to the Catholic Standard and Times.
November 7, 2013 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to freeze the traditional pension for about 8,500 parochial school teachers, church office workers, and other lay employees, church officials said Tuesday. The change, designed to keep the plan's estimated $150 million deficit from increasing and whittling it down over time, will take effect June 30, after which current employees will no longer accrue benefits under the plan. The pension plan, known as a defined benefit plan because it guarantees a certain benefit to participants, had $478 million in assets June 30, 2012, about 76 percent of what it needed to meet its projected long-term obligations of $630 million.
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.