August 6, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge has set May 1 for the retrial of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church official in the nation to be convicted over his supervision of priests accused of sexually abusing children. Lynn, 65, who was released from state prison Tuesday on $250,000 bail, said nothing during the brief hearing Thursday before Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright. Unlike previous court appearances, in which he dressed in the black suit and Roman collar of a Catholic priest, Lynn entered court in dark slacks and a light blue polo shirt, looking thinner than at his first trial in 2012.
February 21, 2016 |
By concluding that Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua died of natural causes - just before the conspiracy and child-endangerment trial of a former top aide - Dr. Walter I. Hofman put an end to swirling rumors. He once reopened a 20-year file and changed a cause of a baby's death from sudden infant death syndrome to suffocation, leading to the conviction of the child's nanny. On another occasion, he recalled, he showed up for an autopsy on an apparently lifeless body and noticed a moving finger.
September 4, 2015 |
This story was originally published on July 15, 1991. Little Rocco Palmo leaned from his pew at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul yesterday as newly elevated Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua approached in a long procession of priests. Bevilacqua spotted the beaming 11-year-old, smiled, reached for the boy's hand, and leaned down. "Are you going to be a cardinal someday?" Bevilacqua asked. "Oh, yes," Rocco almost shouted. "Definitely. " Minutes after Bevilacqua passed, Rocco, of South Philadelphia, said "It's better than a million dollars, shaking the hand of a cardinal.
August 19, 2015 |
In his 50 years as a forensic pathologist, there are some cases that stick in Walter I. Hofman's mind. Like the time he was called to examine a seemingly lifeless body and noticed the man's finger moving. "He lived another four, five, six days in the hospital," Hofman recalled last week. "But it goes to show you, simply because someone's lying there and there are maggots on them," it doesn't mean they're dead. Hofman's tenure as Montgomery County coroner will end this year; he announced last week that he would not seek a third four-year term.
April 15, 2015 |
When Msgr. James Mortimer reached 75, the mandatory retirement age for Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, he wanted to keep his pastorate. Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua said no. "He made no exceptions," said Mortimer. "But at that time, we had oodles of priests. " So Mortimer went elsewhere to continue his ministry. He taught in Rome, and lived for a bit in South Dakota, where he filled in for priests on sabbatical. These days, he's back in Philadelphia, and even at age 88 he routinely gets called to replace parish priests who go on vacation or fall ill. "When I came back ... the diocese was begging for help," said Mortimer.
August 31, 2014
SOCCER NONLEAGUE Abington 1, Cheltenham 0: Matt Bevilacqua will be the talk of school next week when classes resume. The senior forward assisted on Matt Bachman's game-winner in the 88th minute for the visiting Ghosts. Just hours before, Bevilaqua kicked an extra point with no time remaining to lift the Ghosts to victory over Northeast on the football field. Archbishop Wood 3, North Penn 1: With the score 1-1 at the break, the Vikings scored twice to move past the visiting Knights.
June 10, 2014 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Sunday reinstated a priest on leave since 2011, ending what had been an unprecedented investigation into more than two dozen clergy members over child sex abuse allegations. Chaput said an archdiocesan investigation found no evidence to substantiate claims that Msgr. Joseph L. Logrip sexually abused minors more than two decades ago. Chaput's decision frees Logrip to again present himself as a priest and resume his role in the ministry. Logrip was one of 26 Catholic clerics put on administrative leave by Cardinal Francis Rigali after a February 2011 grand jury report.
December 28, 2013 |
A state appeals court on Thursday reversed the conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia administrator who became the first church official nationwide to be tried and imprisoned for covering up child sex-abuse by priests. In a 43-page opinion, a three-judge Superior Court panel wrote that prosecutors and a judge misapplied the state's child-endangerment law by claiming Lynn was criminally responsible because he supervised a priest, Edward Avery, when Avery sexually abused an altar boy in the mid-1990s.
December 16, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has permanently removed five parish priests from ministry over allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct, including one priest who had previously been investigated and returned to duty last year. An archdiocesan review board had cleared the Rev. Michael A. Chapman in May 2012 of an abuse allegation involving a minor. But within months, a new accuser came forward with allegations dating back 30 years. In a statement expected to be released in parishes across the region Sunday, the archdiocese said the board substantiated new abuse accusations against Chapman and deemed him "unsuitable for ministry.
June 24, 2012 |
Msgr. William J. Lynn was a top aide to Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, but little was known publicly about him when his name first surfaced amid the initial allegations of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as a church official investigating the claims. In 2005, he suddenly became a central figure in a 418-page grand jury report accusing church leaders, including Bevilacqua, of failing to take appropriate actions when priests were accused of abuse. Lynn's name was mentioned 652 times in the report.