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August 21, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE NUMBER OF MEN beginning their journey into priesthood in Philadelphia more than tripled this year and yesterday church officials attributed that rise, in part, to what has become known as the "Francis Effect. " Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, said the school welcomed 20 men from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia when the academic year started this week. That's up from just six men last year. "It is the highest number of priestly vocations in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 10 years," Senior said.
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August 21, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia isn't sure if "the Francis effect" explains it, but 20 men of the archdiocese have entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary this year to study for the priesthood - a more than threefold increase from a year ago. "Last year we had six" enroll for the new term, Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of the seminary, told a news conference Wednesday. This is, he said, the largest one-year spike in local vocations in a decade. Between six and 10 men of the archdiocese enter the seminary in a typical year, said Senior, an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese, and about half continue to ordination, which takes up to nine years.
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August 21, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has settled a civil lawsuit brought by an accuser whose testimony helped convict two Catholic priests and a former parish-school teacher on sexual abuse charges, and aided in the unprecedented prosecution of a church administrator for covering up the priests' crimes. In filings Tuesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Jacqueline F. Allen said the plaintiff - a 26-year-old man identified only as "Billy Doe" - had "settled any and all claims" against the archdiocese and two former church officials.
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August 20, 2015 | BY CHRISTINE KILBRIDE
"MASS HAS ended. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. " The response, "Thanks be to God," has been uttered with more relief than I care to admit the past few years. My faith has been shaken - by scandal, by political squabbles and by discrimination. The sacred trust that I established throughout all my sacraments - Holy Communion, confirmation, reconciliation - somehow seems tarnished. These struggles have been recurring in my mind as Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families draws nearer.
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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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