September 17, 2013 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Sunday that it will examine 46 parishes in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties to assess their viability and resources. That continues the archdiocese's Parish Area Pastory Planning Initiative, which began in 2010. The process is designed to let groups of parishes known as "Pastoral Planning Areas" undertake a program of self study, officials said. In the last few years the process has led to the merger or closing of 30 parishes, said archdiocese spokesman Kenneth A. Gavin.
August 22, 2013 |
In an aggressive move to help remedy its deep financial woes, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Tuesday that it had put its six nursing homes up for sale. The archdiocese also said it would attempt to lease out 11 cemeteries and two parcels that could be used as cemeteries. In addition, the archdiocese said it would try to outsource the management of the cemeteries, a move that could cut costs and increase revenue. "Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a news release.
August 22, 2013 |
IN YET another cost-cutting move, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is putting seven senior-living facilities up for sale and seeking an outside operator for nearly a dozen cemeteries, officials announced yesterday. The changes could affect up to 1,400 residents and more than 2,000 employees in the senior-living facilities, along with 190 employees at 11 cemeteries. "Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones," Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a statement.
August 4, 2013 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Friday published audited financial statements for 15 education, social-services and health-care entities with aggregate revenue of $408 million in the year ended June 30, 2012. The disclosures, building on a newfound openness about its financial state, did not include any balance-sheet bombshells like those in last month's report on the archdiocese's central financial office. That July 3 report showed a $39.2 million loss for fiscal 2012. The archdiocese's chief financial officer, Timothy O'Shaughnessy, added details on $350 million in long-term financial gaps.
July 26, 2013 |
A real estate auction held Wednesday for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and several of its parishes had mixed results. The sale run by Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co. raised $995,000 for parishes in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, including $330,000 for the former St. Michael Business School near Second and Jefferson Streets in Kensington. Msgr. John J. Miller, parochial administrator for St. Michael Parish, said he was pleased with the price and said the parish, which was founded in 1831 by the first wave of Irish immigrants, would use the money for repairs on other buildings it owns.
July 19, 2013 |
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia is officially condemning tomorrow night's appearance by the Rev. Helmut Schüller at Chestnut Hill College. Schüller's reformist views, which include the ordination of women and married men, the permission of divorced and remarried Catholics to receive sacraments and an end to celibacy for priests, "diverge very seriously from Catholic belief and practice," Archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin said. "To avoid the furtherance of any confusion about Catholic teaching, he may not speak at any parish or Diocesan-related facility in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia," Gavin said.
July 8, 2013 |
The 48-acre parcel, shaped like a smoker's pipe, once was viewed as a solution to a rapidly expanding Catholic-school population. Not so long ago, it may have been a coveted site for homebuilders. Now, later this month, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will put up for auction the tract it has owned for the last half-century in the heart of Bucks County, and it is unclear just how much the land will fetch. Time has brought changes for the financially struggling archdiocese and the housing market.
July 5, 2013 |
The staggering financial deficits revealed Wednesday by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are not rooted primarily in the priest sex-abuse scandal, a church official said. "It's not so simple to say our problems are related to the sexual-abuse crisis," said Timothy O'Shaughnessy, chief financial officer for the archdiocese. "That is a serious issue, a very serious issue. . . . We've also had serious financial problems independent of the abuse crisis. " A massive $39.2 million loss for the year ended June 30, 2012, included $4.65 million in expenses for investigations of abuse allegations against priests and $6.69 million in miscellaneous legal and professional fees, including costs for Msgr.
July 4, 2013
To serve as Big Brother's keepers The historical context of the National Security Agency activities largely has been missing from reports on spying-secrets leaker Edward Snowden. Media accounts contain little or no reference to the Vichy Milice paramilitary organization from World War II, the East German Stasi, or the Soviet-era KGB. But each of these institutions used primitive versions of the strategy and tactics developed since the rise of computer technologies. All found occasion to use targeted assassinations and torture as part of a tactical arsenal that created fear and conformity.
July 4, 2013 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Wednesday reported a staggering $39.2 million loss for the year ended June 30, 2012, while disclosing unprecedented details about longterm financial deficits totaling $350 million. Even after stripping away millions in unusual expenses, including $11.9 million for legal and professional services related to the priest sex-abuse scandal and other issues, the archdiocese said its cash expenses 2012 still exceeded revenue by $17.4 million. "It's not so simple to say our problems are related to the sexual-abuse crisis," Timothy O'Shaughnessy, chief financial officer for the archdiocese, said.