March 4, 1996 |
CARDINAL JOHN KROL BORN: October 26, 1910, fourth of eight children of John Krol and Anne Pietruszkla Krol, in Cleveland. BAPTIZED: October 30, 1910, St. Hyacinth Church, Cleveland. CONFIRMED: November 1920, St. Hyacinth Church. EDUCATION: St. Mary's College, Orchard Lake, Mich. 1929-31; St. Mary's Seminary, Cleveland, 1931-37; Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, School of Canon Law, licentiate in canon law, 1938-40; Pontifical Catholic University of America, School of Canon Law, doctorate in canon law. SECULAR WORK: Meat cutter and manager of Kroger store in Cleveland, 1927-29.
May 14, 2014 |
Msgr. Eugene J. Fitzsimmons, 81, a church lawyer who was pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden in 1984-85, died of Parkinson's disease Friday, May 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Home in Cherry Hill. Martin McKernan Jr., whose law firm represents the Camden Diocese, said, Msgr. Fitzsimmons "was a brilliant and thorough church lawyer. "He was deeply trusted by several bishops involved in difficult and sensitive matters" across the nation, McKernan said. "He had the implicit trust of anybody who dealt with him. " Msgr.
May 21, 1998 |
The Rev. Robert K. Orr may be awaiting trial on child pornography charges, but he is still ensconced in the rectory at All Hallows Church. And he is not leaving without a fight. Father Orr plans to reject the latest severance package offered by the parish and the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, his attorney, John Elbert, said yesterday. That could set the stage for a legal battle that pits canon law against civil law, Elbert added. "I don't want to take them to court," Elbert said.
August 19, 2008 |
The Most Rev. Walter Paska, 84, retired auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, died of complications of a stroke Saturday at AristaCare in Plymouth Meeting. The archdiocese, as the archeparchy is also known, covers Eastern Pennsylvania and all of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and numbers 22,500 communicants. From 1975 until 2006, Bishop Paska was the judicial vicar and vocations director of the archeparchy.
June 2, 2002
Canon law and ministry of married priests Joseph McOscar is presiding at marriages (Community Voices, May 12) that the Catholic Church in Philadelphia will not for a myriad of reasons. So, for these Catholics, McOscar is providing a Christian wedding ceremony and, in many cases, a Mass instead of a sterile civil ceremony. He is baptizing babies the church will not. And he is blessing some funerals. Who is to say that canon law should forbid all this? Can you truthfully say that Jesus would forbid this?
June 15, 1991 |
A proposal by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches to toughen penalties and reporting requirements for members of the clergy in cases of sexual abuse has evoked concern from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. At issue is an amendment by Rep. Karen A. Ritter (D., Lehigh) that would include clergy in legislation requiring health professionals to report to authorities any incidents of sexual abuse on patients committed by members of their profession. The Rev. Paul D. Gehris, lobbyist for the Council of Churches, said the legislation needed to be expanded, because ministers and priests, like doctors and dentists, had often looked the other way when made aware of sexual abuse of parishioners by colleagues.
November 12, 2014 |
The battle over the future of a landmark 132-year-old church in Fishtown took a decisive turn this week when workers began removing icons and other sacred relics from the Gothic structure that was once home to the oldest Polish Catholic church in Philadelphia. Early Monday morning, residents and parishioners who had worked to keep St. Laurentius alive watched with frustration as workers from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's office of special projects began removing objects including statues, chalices, and other sacred items.
May 12, 2002
Among the many issues that have surfaced in light of the sex-abuse furor have been the matters of activating married priests (25,000 in the United States alone) back into service and rendering the celibacy requirement optional. After being dispensed of my duties as a cleric by the institutional church some 25 years ago, I began to be called back by the people to ministry in the early '90s. Since then, I have found the old argument about lack of dedication between marriage and ministry to be totally specious.
November 14, 2002 |
Last month, four Vatican officials and four American bishops met in Rome to revise the proposed zero-tolerance policy for sexually abusive priests that an American bishops conference adopted last summer. Their instrument of retreat was the Code of Canon Law, an archaic standard of justice ill-suited to deal with the sex-abuse crisis facing the Roman Catholic Church. Survivors of clergy abuse rightly protested the proposed revisions, claiming that they gut the intent of the get-tough policy.
April 13, 2012 |
Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua broke civil and church laws when he ordered aides in 1994 to shred a list identifying dozens of Philadelphia-area priests suspected of molesting children, an expert on canon law and clergy sex abuse testified Thursday. "That was like obstructing justice cubed," the Rev. Thomas P. Doyle told a Common Pleas Court jury. "He's got a list of men who may have abused children - and he's going to shred it?" The assertion thrust the late cardinal squarely into the spotlight for the first time in the landmark child-sex-abuse and endangerment trial against his former secretary for clergy, Msgr.