November 26, 2014 |
Next year's World Meeting of Families here, capped by Pope Francis' visit to the city, could mean "a rebirth of the archdiocese," Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Monday. Chaput told a news conference that he could not shake off the gloom even when Pope Benedict XVI informed him last year that his battered archdiocese would host the 2015 World Meeting. Dogged by clergy sex abuse scandals for more than a decade, the 1.4 million-member archdiocese has also been obliged to close dozens of parishes and schools in recent years because of financial stresses.
November 12, 2014 |
The battle over the future of a landmark 132-year-old church in Fishtown took a decisive turn this week when workers began removing icons and other sacred relics from the Gothic structure that was once home to the oldest Polish Catholic church in Philadelphia. Early Monday morning, residents and parishioners who had worked to keep St. Laurentius alive watched with frustration as workers from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's office of special projects began removing objects including statues, chalices, and other sacred items.
November 8, 2014 |
THE CARDINAL O'HARA football program will be without its interim head coach today when the Lions face top-seeded Archbishop Wood in the Catholic League AAA semifinals. Paul Strus, who took over after longtime O'Hara coach Danny Algeo died from a heart attack in July, has been placed on administrative leave, according to an email sent to the Daily News from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "The interim head football coach at Cardinal O'Hara High School was placed on leave based on concerns that were voiced to school administration regarding his professional behavior," Ken Gavin, director of communications for the Archdiocese wrote in an email.
November 8, 2014 |
It's too soon to say that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has recovered from the deep financial distress it was mired in three years ago, but financial statements released Thursday show positive momentum continued in the fiscal year ended June 30. On an operating basis, the archdiocese's central financial office posted a loss of $3.1 million in fiscal 2014, down from $4.9 million the year before and well below the $17.6 million loss in fiscal 2012....
November 2, 2014 |
More than 3,500 Catholic educators from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia gathered at the Convention Center on Friday morning for what was called the region's first Archbishop's Day for Teachers and Administrators. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who said he held such sessions every year he was bishop in Denver and Rapid City, S.D., used the occasion to thank educators and release a pastoral letter outlining his commitment to Catholic schools and stating that religion remains at their core.
October 14, 2014 |
Weeks after completing its last round of parish mergers and closures, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that 14 more parishes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties could be combined with nearby churches or shuttered. This time, the archdiocese is targeting three clusters of churches for cutbacks: In Delaware County's Springfield Township, the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross, and St. Kevin. In Montgomery County, the parishes of St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph in Ambler, St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham, St. Genevieve in Flourtown, and Holy Martyrs in Oreland.
October 11, 2014 |
The St. Peter Claver Center for Evangelization in Center City, which has served black Catholics for nearly 30 years, will close at the end of this month, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced. The center, housed in the former St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church at 12th and Lombard Streets, a historically black parish, was originally slated to close two years ago amid major archdiocesan cutbacks, including the layoff of a quarter of the staff at headquarters. But the archdiocese's Office for Black Catholics, part of the Secretariat for Evangelization, appealed the decision, and the center was given a reprieve because grants from outside the archdiocese were supporting its programs.
October 4, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday announced the sale of three suburban properties for $56.2 million and said it will use the proceeds to help plug gaps in its balance sheet. In addition to the previously reported sale of a 200-plus-acre property in Delaware County to Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties for $47 million, the archdiocese said that it had an agreement to sell a 454-acre property in Northampton County for $5.5 million, and that it had sold 55 acres in Chester County for $3.7 million.
October 1, 2014 |
A shuttered house of worship in Philadelphia's Fishtown section moved a step closer to possible demolition as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput issued an order Sunday decertifying the building as a Roman Catholic church. The archbishop issued a decree of relegation "to profane but not sordid use" for St. Laurentius Church at Memphis and Berks Streets. Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the decree means that if the church is demolished or put to another use, the property could not be used for any purpose contrary to Catholic teachings.
August 16, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was forced to respond again Thursday to a reported off-the-cuff remark indicating that Pope Francis will come to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. This time, the speaker was the pope himself, answering a question about whether he would attend the international gathering. "In Italian, I asked him if he would come to Philadelphia," NBC reporter Anne Thompson said of the question she asked the pontiff on the papal plane to South Korea.