February 6, 2014 |
Philadelphia Orphans' Court Judge John W. Herron ruled Tuesday that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's plan to lease 13 cemeteries to a for-profit company was not a diversion of charitable assets, clearing the way for the deal to go forward. Under the agreement between the archdiocese and StoneMor Partners L.P., announced in September, StoneMor will make an initial payment of $53 million, with an additional $36 million spread over the sixth through 35th years of the 60-year lease.
February 3, 2014 |
Amanda Leve talks with confidence and pride about her accomplishments in Brazilian jiujitsu, her unyielding willingness to battle boys her age and older, and her ability, at times, to force them into submission. This being 2014, those opportunities exist for a 17-year-old girl. Leve also speaks enthusiastically about wanting to become a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter, with the goal of competing on the sport's biggest stage, UFC. This being 2014, that possibility is there for her, too. Leve also wants to wrestle for her high school, Archbishop Ryan, which this season started a varsity program.
January 31, 2014 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams was at the podium Monday, talking about a grand jury's decision to charge state Rep. J.P. Miranda and his sister in an alleged "ghost employee" scam. It sounded as if Williams scattered throughout his remarks several thinly veiled, sharply worded barbs for his onetime career mentor, former D.A. Lynne Abraham . Things went south for them in 2005 when he tried to unseat her in the Democratic primary election. Twice, Williams said his office "will no longer abdicate our responsibility to investigate" political-corruption cases.
January 30, 2014 |
WHEN BILL Johnson moved into a Dallas apartment complex in October 2012, a neighbor named James rolled out the welcome wagon. Sort of. "Oh, great, another old queen moving in," James said as Johnson and his friends unloaded his belongings at Crescent View Apartments in the Texas city's Oak Lawn section. Johnson, 54, an unemployed financial adviser, figured that James was just being nice, one gay man to another in the "gayborhood. " "I think he was trying to be friendly and joking," Johnson said.
January 26, 2014 |
Will Pope Francis visit Philadelphia next year? That question was sparked by a National Catholic Reporter story Friday that said the pontiff "has expressed an intention" to visit the United States in September 2015. The reason for his visit would be to attend the World Meeting of Families, a major Catholic event to be held in Philadelphia that Sept. 22 to 27. But it could expand to include a trip to New York City for an address to the United Nations. The Vatican does not officially announce papal visits until several months in advance, and the Reporter said Vatican sources cautioned that circumstances could change.
January 23, 2014 |
It's not for sale, but that doesn't stop Francis E. Fox - the new president of Archbishop John Carroll High School, after 33 years developing real estate - from describing the 46-year-old Catholic school in Radnor as if it were the Main Line's hottest property. "I have two train [lines] at my front door," said Fox, honing his pitch to boost student enrollment while funding a $10 million campus overhaul. "I have the Blue Route and [I-]76 at my front door. . . . This is the center of the universe.
January 9, 2014 |
Monsignor William Lynn descended five stories Monday from the courtroom to freedom, only to be met by a scrum of cameras and foul-mouthed hecklers. But he is also 80 pounds lighter from 18 months of exercise and prison grub, so perhaps incarceration wasn't all bad. The day after Christmas, a three-judge appeals panel overturned the former archdiocese secretary's conviction of child endangerment in protecting pedophile and defrocked priest Edward Avery. The laws then on the books, the court ruled, applied only to direct supervisors of children, not people supervising those supervisors.
January 8, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Msgr. William J. Lynn left a Philadelphia court Monday afternoon free on bail, after spending more than 18 months behind bars for a now-overturned conviction. Surrounded by supporters and wearing clerical garb, a noticeably slimmer Lynn smiled and embraced relatives after the hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. Sarmina, the judge who presided over Lynn's three-month trial last year and sentenced him to three to six years in prison, told the monsignor she would keep a signed arrest warrant on file in case Lynn violated the terms of his release.
January 8, 2014 |
MONSIGNOR William Lynn left court yesterday afternoon swarmed by reporters and a few hecklers, the latter shouting "pedophile," saying he should "burn in hell" and telling him to stay away from their children. Stern-faced and 80 pounds thinner than when he was sent to prison, Lynn, 63, ignored both the reporters and the hecklers as he and his supporters walked quickly across Filbert Street. Lynn, accused of moving pedophile priests from parish to parish, was convicted in 2012 on one count of child endangerment.
January 8, 2014 |
Philadelphia Orphans' Court Judge John W. Herron was in no hurry Monday to rubber-stamp the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's plan to lease its cemeteries to a for-profit company for $89 million. The proposal is the biggest step yet taken by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to try to fill deep financial holes in the balance sheet of the five-county archdiocese. Herron questioned whether he had the authority to rule, given that the cemeteries in the agreement with StoneMor Partners L.P., of Levittown, are spread over five counties.