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January 23, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 5, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia for the first time yesterday confirmed that it paid the $25,000 needed to bail out Monsignor William Lynn so that he could be released from state prison while prosecutors appeal his recently overturned conviction for child endangerment. In a statement yesterday, Archbishop Charles Chaput said the decision to provide the $25,000, or 10 percent of Lynn's $250,000 bail, was made at "my direction. " "Monsignor Lynn remains on administrative leave," Chaput said.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
MONSIGNOR William Lynn has not been released from state prison in northeastern Pennsylvania yet, but life is looking rosier for him in the new year. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on New Year's Eve posted $25,000, or 10 percent of his $250,000 bail, enough to free him. But Lynn, the Archdiocese's former secretary for clergy, still needs to have his electronic-monitoring system set up and may not be freed "until the end of the week or next week," his attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, said yesterday.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE LAWYER representing the Catholic church official whose child-endangerment conviction was overturned last week by the state Superior Court said yesterday that District Attorney Seth Williams was "unprofessional" for criticizing the ruling and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's decision to pay his client's bail. Thomas Bergstrom said he will send letters to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania detailing Williams' misconduct in response to Monsignor William Lynn's case.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA District Attorney Seth Williams blasted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday for helping Msgr. William J. Lynn post bail after an appeals court overturned his conviction for crimes related to sex abuse in the church. Lynn needed to post 10 percent of the $250,000 bail set by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. Williams said the archdiocese posted the $25,000. The archdiocese, through a spokesman, would only confirm that it assisted with Lynn's bail.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia's bid to lease its 13 cemeteries to StoneMor Partners L.P. for $89 million to be paid over 35 years has a date in Orphans' Court next week. Officials with the archdiocese and StoneMor have said they expect to easily clear the hurdle Monday, but there has been one hitch. The hearing in Orphans' Court, which must approve certain deals involving charitable assets, was originally scheduled for Dec. 11, but Judge John W. Herron pushed the hearing back to allow more time to publicize the deal, announced in September.
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