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August 19, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The principal of Bishop Shanahan High School, Sister Maureen Lawrence McDermott, has been named superintendent of secondary schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In Monday's announcement, the archdiocese's Office of Catholic Education and the Faith in the Future Foundation, which manages the 17 archdiocesan high schools, said her appointment will take effect Oct. 1. Sister Maureen, who led the Downingtown school for 14 ears, will be the permanent successor of Carol Cary, who left in June to become superintendent of the Marple Newtown School District in Delaware County.
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August 5, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
MARGIE WINTERS, the Waldron Mercy Academy teacher who was fired last month because she is in a same-sex marriage, hand-delivered a petition yesterday to the offices of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia seeking reinstatement. Winters said she also sought a moratorium on firing LGBT employees in the Archdiocese. "We ask for full inclusion at the table and in the church. And we ask now for a moratorium on firing every LGBT employee . . . ," said Winters, interrupted by enthusiastic applause from a small crowd at the Archdiocese's Center City offices, " . . . until there can be a conversation about this with the voice of the LGBT community at the table.
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August 5, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margie Winters, accompanied by about 50 supporters and carrying a box of petitions signed by 23,000 people who want her reinstated as a Catholic school educator, could not get in the front door. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Center City offices were on lockdown Monday afternoon. A security guard politely but firmly refused to allow Winters to enter the building. "Because I'm so threatening," Winters joked after handing the box to the guard and asking him to deliver it to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.
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July 24, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A MAN WHO has claimed he was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest in the rectory of St. John Cantius Parish in Bridesburg has filed a lawsuit against the priest and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The man, now 27, has accused the Rev. Andrew McCormick, now 59, of sexually assaulting him in 1997, when the man was a 10-year-old altar boy. Two criminal juries - one on March 11 of this year, another on March 12, 2014 - deadlocked on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, child endangerment and corruption of a minor against McCormick.
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July 14, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
PARENTS AND alumni of Waldron Mercy Academy gathered once again to show support for Margie Winters - the faculty member ousted from the Catholic school because of her same-sex marriage - this time at a prayer service last night in Montgomery County. About 120 adults and children braved the humidity, nearly 90-degree temperatures and plenty of gnats to attend "A Prayer Service for Mercy and Healing" at General Wayne Park in Lower Merion. One of the vigil's organizers, alum Christine Gallagher, started off the service saying, "We gather as a community this evening to do what we have been taught to do in times of need: pray.
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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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