October 13, 2015 |
St. Joseph the Worker Church in Fallsington, Bucks County, will close permanently on Nov. 1, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday. St. Joseph the Worker parish merged with St. Frances Cabrini parish in Fairless Hills in July 2014. St. Frances became the primary parish, while St. Joseph remained a worship site for the occasional celebration of Mass as well as funerals and weddings. Now the church will close for good, due to high costs for necessary repairs and underutilization.
October 12, 2015 |
Pennsylvania's public schools aren't the only ones feeling the squeeze from the state budget impasse. The state's private schools are missing nearly $30 million in state funding for textbooks and other school supplies, and in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the loss is taxing students and teachers. Students are going without textbooks, workbooks, lab supplies, and other basics, the archdiocese said in a letter to parents, urging them to write to Gov. Wolf. About 200 Catholic schools in the Philadelphia region, including about 150 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, are waiting to receive $8.8 million in state funding when the budget passes.
October 9, 2015
A story Thursday on the West Chester Poetry Conference wrongly referred to a lawsuit between West Chester University and a previous director of the conference. No such litigation is pending. A "News in Brief" item Wednesday misstated the year Philip Gaughan filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia alleging sex abuse. He filed the suit in 2011.
September 30, 2015 |
Pope Francis' speech in Philadelphia harshly rebuking bishops who covered up clergy sex abuse triggered calls Monday for a more forceful response from the city's church hierarchy. From a small rally outside the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 17th Street offices to legal filings that cited the pontiff's call for openness, victims and their advocates challenged Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to reevaluate the cases of several accused priests and pledge greater openness in how abuse investigations are handled in the future.
September 29, 2015 |
Pope Francis concluded his first visit to the United States Sunday by celebrating a Mass rich with pomp and music for countless thousands filling the Parkway. With hymns, liturgical chants in Latin and readings in different languages, pilgrims from Philadelphia and around the world joined together in an expression of faith that gives meaning to the word communion. In his homily, Francis, his face showing a measure of weariness after 10 days of travel, called for an openness to others, saying Jesus and Moses "both rebuke those closest to them for being so narrow.
September 24, 2015 |
Margie Winters was waiting. It had been three months since she was fired as director of religious education at Waldron Mercy Academy because the archdiocese could not stomach her same-sex marriage. Now, Winters was waiting to hear if she - or any other Philadelphia LGBT Catholic - might be granted an audience with Pope Francis, who was just days away from arriving in Philadelphia. Perhaps a small event, a chance for a conversation. Even attending any of the official World Meeting of Families events would do. Winters, and so many openly gay Catholics like her, just wanted to start a dialogue.
September 23, 2015 |
WHEN PHILLY native Michael Bayer heard about the ticketing system for papal events in Philadelphia, he was beside himself knowing that it would be nearly impossible to get 55 tickets for the busload of college students he was bringing from Iowa. So Bayer, director of outreach and education at the University of Iowa's Newman Catholic Student Center, took to traditional media and social media to share his story and to air his concerns. Over the weekend, his prayers were answered when a courier delivered 55 tickets to Bayer for both the Festival of Families and the papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
September 18, 2015 |
Philip DiWilliams had mostly kept to himself what happened in a Roman Catholic High School counselor's office in 1969. Years later, when he decided to seek therapy, he told his wife, but did not want to upset his children. Now, as Philadelphia prepares to welcome Pope Francis with all the celebration a papal visit garners, DiWilliams has decided to share his story. "I don't understand why the mind works like it does. Why I can sit here years later and tell myself, 'It wasn't my fault,' but it still bothers you," says DiWilliams, 59, of Roxborough.
September 15, 2015 |
Gabrielle Bowes had a soccer game Sunday morning, but skipped it because the 9-year-old's father insisted the family attend 10:30 Mass at St. Christopher Catholic Church. He suggested everyone dress nicely, since they would be bringing up the gifts during Communion. In the quiet final moments of the Mass, Gabrielle sat in the last pew with her sister Riley, 11, brother Matthew, 12, and parents Bernadette and Richard Bowes. The monsignor asked parishioners to stay for a final announcement.