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June 2, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER HEALTHY discussion, the city's Catholic high school teachers have ratified a new labor agreement, one in which health played a crucial role. The Association of Catholic Teachers and the Archdiocese announced the ratification yesterday - much earlier than usual. "We tried to approach it this year with a very different attitude than in years past, to get it done for kids and parents before summer break," said Chris Mominey, chief operating officer for the Archdiocese. "We're trying to show people that both sides are approaching this from a new mind-set of innovation and growth, and not getting distracted by dragging this along through summer.
NEWS
June 2, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Ben Finley, and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Merging one parish into another is "like someone dying or losing a child," Father Salvatore Pronesti said during Saturday afternoon Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bridgeport. "A mother, actually," he continued, referring to the namesake of the Montgomery County parish he has led for 20 years, only to see it become part of Sacred Heart Parish in Swedesburg. Still, he hopes for the best. "You must pull together and try to form this united parish," Pronesti said. "It's critical for our spiritual lives.
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Harold Brubaker, and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Friday began reassigning pastors and preparing to announce parish closings, the latest wave of reforms that could impact dozens of churches and thousands of Catholics across the region. Many parishioners will learn the fate of their churches at weekend Mass. "This is going to be an emotional issue," said the Rev. Tom Morris of St. Ann in Bristol Borough, Bucks County. Pastors said Friday that St. Mark would absorb St. Ann, a parish formed at the turn of the 20th century in part by Italian immigrants who felt discriminated against at St. Mark.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neighbors are working hard and praying, sometimes en masse, in an effort to save a historic Catholic church in Fishtown that was shuttered in March due to safety concerns. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia closed St. Laurentius Church on March 28, after an engineering study found the 129-year-old brownstone structure unsafe. Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said repairing the church, which was founded by Polish immigrants, would be prohibitively expensive. It will likely have to be torn down, he said.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Parents and students at the 17 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are assured of at least one more year of labor peace. The 650 members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers on Wednesday approved a one-year contract that gives each a $1,200 yearly increase in salary starting this fall. "Both the association and the school system are pleased that these successful negotiations will provide assurances to the students and their parents that our schools will be poised for another year of success in September," according to a joint statement from the archdiocese and union president Rita Schwartz.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court agreed Thursday to resolve the contested key legal theory underpinning the landmark 2012 prosecution of the first Catholic Church official charged in the clergy child-sex-abuse scandal. The state's highest court will thus decide the future of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia official responsible for investigating and recommending punishment for priests accused of sexual and other misconduct. It could also dictate the standards for prosecutors to bring future charges against any church officials accused of covering up misconduct by clergy they supervise.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia provided a sobering update on the Heritage of Faith - Vision of Hope fund-raising campaign, which ended its pledging period in early 2011. The amount of write-offs and pledges considered unlikely to be collected was $52.2 million as of June 30, the archdiocese said Friday. The archdiocese also clarified that the $221.5 million in pledges previously reported by archdiocesan officials included $36.5 million for parish-level campaigns that ran simultaneously but that were not included in the original $200 million goal of the campaign.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
ROME - He's Philly's man in the Vatican, and he has close ties to all five counties of the Philadelphia region. The Rev. Bill Donovan, the fifth of eight children, grew up in Havertown's St. Denis Parish in Delaware County and went to Archbishop Carroll High School in Chester County. He taught at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Montgomery County, and at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Bucks County. He now works for an employee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In January, Donovan became Archbishop Charles Chaput's liaison to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is planning the enormous World Meeting of Families that could bring Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Archbishop Charles J. Chaput apologized Saturday to victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy and referred to "the negligence of the church's pastors" in allowing it to occur. "I apologize on behalf of the church," Chaput said in his homily at a late-afternoon "Mass for Healing for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse," attended by some 250 people. Similar Masses have been held elsewhere for victims of clergy sex abuse, but this was the first in Philadelphia, coming at a time when the archdiocese and Chaput have been strongly criticized by some groups of victims.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Taking a note from Internet users, a Catholic group in Philadelphia aims to bring flocks of the faithful to churches in the city for what could be considered "flash Masses. " Inspired by flash mobs' use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to draw a crowd, Mass Mob Philly is gearing up to attract dozens, or even hundreds, to a Mass this weekend in a church in the city's Spring Garden section. Ben DiFrancesco, a software engineer who organized Mass Mob Philly, said the planned event has been generating a lot of interest throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
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