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July 11, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Kenney, the Democratic nominee for Philadelphia mayor, is blaming the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the controversial firing of a Catholic school faculty member who is in a same-sex marriage. Kenney on Thursday urged Waldron Mercy Academy, an elementary school in Merion, to reinstate Margie Winters, the director of religious instruction, who was fired June 22 for being in the marriage. Winters has said she told the school about her marriage when she was hired in 2007. The couple married in Boston.
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July 10, 2015 | Regina Medina, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LIKELY next mayor of Philadelphia has urged administrators at a Montgomery County Catholic elementary school to reinstate a gay teacher who was fired for her marriage to a woman. "Discrimination and hate have no place in the Church's teachings and certainly not in its schools," Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney said in a statement released by his campaign yesterday. "I urge the school administrators to reinstate Margie Winters. " Winters, the popular religious education and outreach director at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion Station, was fired last month after complaints about her marriage were lodged with the school and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
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July 9, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A RELIGIOUS-EDUCATION director at a Montgomery County Catholic school has been dismissed because, parents say, she is lesbian wedded to a woman. Many parents have voiced support for the educator, Margie Winters, director of religious education and outreach, calling her "inspirational" and "dedicated. " Now they're directing their ire not at the school and its sponsor, the Sisters of Mercy, but at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Archbishop Charles Chaput. "It's time to get the attention of the Archdiocese and the Catholic hierarchy and let them know this is illegal," said Katie Culver, who has three children at the school.
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June 16, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
FOR FRAN McFADDEN, a member of the Incarnation of Our Lord parish for 55 years, the news yesterday that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia would shutter the Olney church building was "devastating. " McFadden, 70, graduated from the parish school along with her four siblings and her two daughters, she said. Faith is part of McFadden and so is Incarnation, she said. "It's not easy. You give your life to your faith then your church is gone," said McFadden, who immigrated to the United States from Ireland when she was 7 years old. "There is an opening in my heart.
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June 14, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the union representing teachers at its 17 high schools announced Friday they had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract. The deal is subject to a ratification vote, which is expected later this month, by 635 members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers. Details on the tentative contract were not released, but the teachers in May rejected a proposed one-year deal because, they said, the wage increases that were offered would not cover the increase in health-care costs.
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May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families is reportedly under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reported bought a 14th-century castle in Umbria at an artficially low price with the intention of reselling it for a profit a full market value. "The alleged scam would have netted a profit" of about $4.4 million, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
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May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia this year, is under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reportedly bought the 14th-century San Girolamo castle in Umbria, Italy, at an artificially low price with the intention of reselling it at market value. "The alleged scam" would have netted a profit of about $4.4 million, the London newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
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May 29, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Teachers at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 17 high schools, educating 13,500 students, unanimously voted Wednesday night to reject a proposed one-year contract, saying that the wage increase the archdiocese offered would not even cover the rise in medical-insurance premiums. Rita Schwartz, president of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers, said the proposed agreement "went down in flames" during the union's general membership meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia.
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May 29, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
A cyber-school principal has been hired to head Cardinal O'Hara High School, whose former principal - abruptly fired in November 2013 - recently settled a lawsuit with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Eileen Vice, an alumna of O'Hara who has worked at 21st Century Cyber Charter School in Downingtown since 2004, will replace Pete Balzano, who took over after the archdiocese dismissed Marie Rogai without explanation. Vice will begin at the 1,300-student school July 1, the archdiocese said in a news release Wednesday.
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May 27, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a kid growing up in West Chester, Neilson Carlin wanted to be a comic book artist. His fondness for fantasy still peeks through in his Kennett Square studio - a bobblehead doll of the Lord of the Rings character Gollum; the Fantastic Four T-shirt he wore while teaching on a recent day; and the comic book figurines on a shelf of supplies. But after he met his devoutly Catholic future wife, Carlin converted to Catholicism. Now 44, he devotes his talent to large-scale drawings of a different kind of "heroes in costume.
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