January 22, 2015 |
With Pope Francis coming in September to Philadelphia, 2015 looks to be a year for Catholics across the region to wear their faith proudly and publicly. But catching a glimpse of Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the World Meeting of Families won't put food on the table at local soup kitchens, or pay for the church's schools for blind or mentally retarded children, or provide health care to its retired priests. For that and more, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia relies on its annual Catholic Charities appeal, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a news conference Tuesday, announcing that he had set a goal of $10 million for this year.
April 27, 2014
Goodwill ambassador on a bus We visited beautiful Philadelphia for the first time recently and had a wonderful time. Of course, we stopped at the usual tourist sites and gained a sense of immediacy about American history. The tourism center was helpful, and the bus system was easy to use thanks to helpful bus drivers. The Rosenbach Museum and Library is phenomenal, and we could easily have spent days browsing in the Book Trader, where the staff seems to know every book on every shelf.
October 21, 2013 |
Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, Kyaw Kyaw did his homework in a candlelit hut. Books were shared. Paper was precious, too. There are no candles but plenty of books, paper, and power at the Oaklyn Public School, where 11-year-old Kyaw Kyaw (sounds like cha cha ) is thriving in sixth grade. "He's better here," says his uncle, Kai Zu, who, like Kyaw, left a refugee camp for the United States in 2009 and lives in a borough apartment. "It's wonderful. " Twenty-two students whose families fled Burma, the troubled Southeast Asian nation also known as Myanmar, are enrolled at Oaklyn's sole school, a weathered but well-kept structure built on Kendall Boulevard in 1926.
January 6, 2013 |
Thomas C. Kempin, 94, of Mayfair, the civilian executive to the commander of the Frankford Arsenal for 20 years, died Thursday, Dec. 27, at Nazareth Hospital of complications from a stroke. Until he retired in June 1973, Mr. Kempin was the civilian executive under a dozen different commanders at the arsenal in Northeast Philadelphia. The post was the highest available to civilians there. In 34 years at the arsenal, he started as an apprentice with an education at North Catholic High School and worked his way up through the machine shop into management.
June 3, 2012 |
Last month, Catholic archdioceses and institutions across the nation filed lawsuits against the Department of Health and Human Services for its overreaching mandate announced earlier this year. The mandate would force church-affiliated hospitals, agencies, and universities to pay for services that violate their faith (such as contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs) as part of the health insurance they provide employees. If these groups do not comply, they will incur large penalties that may ultimately force many to close.
February 19, 2012 |
It's hard to fathom why the Republicans would want to launch a sustained assault on birth control, align themselves with the most conservative voices in the Catholic Church, and thereby risk alienating women voters in November. But, hey, if that's how they want to play it, President Obama is only too happy to reap the benefits. I've been puzzled for weeks by all the talk about how Obama has supposedly blown it with Catholic voters after requiring that many Catholic institutions offer free birth control in their employee insurance plans.
February 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For days, President Obama had been hammered over a regulation in the health-care law that required religiously affiliated hospitals, charities, and universities to provide birth control for their female employees even if that conflicted with church teachings. On Friday, he tried to end the debate with what he called an "accommodation. " The employees still will be offered free birth-control coverage, but the benefit will come directly from their insurers, and no religious groups' money will be used.
February 10, 2012
I'M NOT a perfect Catholic. When Mrs. Paul had a monopoly on meatless Fridays, I sometimes managed to get my hands on a burger. Once, at confession, I lied about a sin, which must amount to purgatorial perjury. I've missed Mass, sassed the sisters behind their backs (I'm irreverent, not stupid) and think that papal annulments are just another way to spell D-I-V-O-R-C-E. And you might be surprised to learn that I have no problem with artificial birth control, at least the kind that isn't "abortion in a pill.
December 20, 2011
Albert Rusko, 86, of Oxford Circle, a retired computer engineer, died of complications from sepsis Thursday, Dec. 15, at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. Mr. Rusko, whose parents emigrated from what is now Slovakia, grew up in Port Richmond and graduated from North Catholic High School. At 17, he joined the Army. He served in the South Pacific in World War II and saw action in the Philippines. After his discharge, he earned an associate's degree from Temple University and then joined Burroughs Corp.