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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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May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families is reportedly under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reported bought a 14th-century castle in Umbria at an artficially low price with the intention of reselling it for a profit a full market value. "The alleged scam would have netted a profit" of about $4.4 million, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
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May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia this year, is under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reportedly bought the 14th-century San Girolamo castle in Umbria, Italy, at an artificially low price with the intention of reselling it at market value. "The alleged scam" would have netted a profit of about $4.4 million, the London newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
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May 29, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
A cyber-school principal has been hired to head Cardinal O'Hara High School, whose former principal - abruptly fired in November 2013 - recently settled a lawsuit with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Eileen Vice, an alumna of O'Hara who has worked at 21st Century Cyber Charter School in Downingtown since 2004, will replace Pete Balzano, who took over after the archdiocese dismissed Marie Rogai without explanation. Vice will begin at the 1,300-student school July 1, the archdiocese said in a news release Wednesday.
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May 29, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Teachers at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 17 high schools, educating 13,500 students, unanimously voted Wednesday night to reject a proposed one-year contract, saying that the wage increase the archdiocese offered would not even cover the rise in medical-insurance premiums. Rita Schwartz, president of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers, said the proposed agreement "went down in flames" during the union's general membership meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia.
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May 27, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a kid growing up in West Chester, Neilson Carlin wanted to be a comic book artist. His fondness for fantasy still peeks through in his Kennett Square studio - a bobblehead doll of the Lord of the Rings character Gollum; the Fantastic Four T-shirt he wore while teaching on a recent day; and the comic book figurines on a shelf of supplies. But after he met his devoutly Catholic future wife, Carlin converted to Catholicism. Now 44, he devotes his talent to large-scale drawings of a different kind of "heroes in costume.
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May 22, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Debra Brillante, who has nearly 25 years of experience as a Catholic educator, has been named superintendent of elementary schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Her appointment, announced Wednesday by the Office of Catholic Education, takes effect immediately. Brillante, 60, had held the post on an interim basis since November when Jacqueline P. Coccia left to become the academic dean at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, a private Catholic girls' school in Villanova.
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May 7, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IN THE DAVID vs. Goliath battle pitting former members of St. Laurentius parish against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I don't understand why the Archdiocese wants so badly to demolish the church. I get that the Gothic-spired, stained-glass, brownstone Fishtown church with a three-nave sanctuary designed by Edwin Forrest Durang has structural problems. In October 2013, Licenses and Inspections deemed the 130-year-old building "unsafe," prompting the Archdiocese to close it and erect safety nets to catch any loose debris.
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May 5, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia needs more time to consider the fates of five churches in the Lower Northeast, part of a long-term study of how to stabilize and sustain parishes while demographics shift, finances and congregations dwindle, and buildings leak and crumble. In an announcement read Sunday to congregants at Mother of Divine Grace, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Our Lady Help of Christians, Saint Adalbert Parish, and St. George Parish, all largely in or near Port Richmond, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput acknowledged that the "complex and difficult issues . . . will require further study and discussion before any final decisions are made.
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May 1, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN WHAT THEIR attorney called a "significant step" in the healing process of two survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has settled the first civil suits filed in 2011 after a damning grand-jury report on sex abuse by area priests. The settlements with survivors - identified in court documents as John Doe 10 and John Doe 187 - were made earlier this year, the second coming in February the day before jury selection was to begin for the trials in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, said attorney Dan Monahan, who represented both men. Monahan and attorney Jeff Anderson announced the settlements yesterday.
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