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April 17, 1997 | By Msgr. S.J. Adamo
One of the most cherished ideas among faithful Catholics is that when a man is ordained a priest, he remains a priest forever. Forever is a long, long time. But what if said priest gives up his priesthood and gets married? Or what if he just doesn't want to be a priest any longer? Is there no way out? A man or woman can give up almost any other profession in life. But once a priest, always a priest. A lawyer can be disbarred, a doctor can have his license revoked, a cop can turn in his badge - but no matter what he does or says, a Catholic priest remains a priest.
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July 20, 2001 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Joseph Turner, 73, a Catholic priest who grew up in Philadelphia orphanages, then helped smuggle orphans out of Vietnam during the fall of Saigon, died Monday of cancer at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital. Father Joe, who belonged to the Society of the Divine Savior, a missionary order of priests, lived in Northeast Philadelphia. He was an Army chaplain stationed in Hawaii when Saigon fell in April 1975. He had served two tours of duty in Vietnam, in 1968 and 1970, and had found American homes for 12 orphans during that time.
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May 10, 2004
IN THE April 23 issue of the Daily News, there was a small blurb of a story about the Lutheran Church paying $37 million in a sexual assault lawsuit. The perpetrator was a Lutheran minister who was sentenced to a long prison term. The victims were small boys, making the minister a pedophile. This story appeared on Page 77. Had the minister been a Catholic priest, the story would have made the front page. The media claims that it does not bash the Catholic Church. Get real! Frank Flicker Philadelphia
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September 17, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
THE REV. Angus N. Carney, a Roman Catholic priest who served parishes throughout the region and elsewhere in the country in more than 60 years in the priesthood, died Thursday at age 96. He was living at the St. Thomas Monastery, in Villanova. Carney taught at Monsignor Bonner High School, in Drexel Hill, from 1970 to 1980. His pastoral assignments in the Philadelphia area included St. Augustine's, St. Rita's and Our Mother of Consolation parishes in Philadelphia; St. Denis, in Havertown; and St. Genevieve, in Flourtown.
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April 21, 1991 | By Herb Drill, Special to The Inquirer
After years of listening hard to rock music - and puzzling over evil influences that might rot a child's mind or turn him from God - the Rev. Don Kimball has a simple message for parents: Don't worry. There has "always been the cry that rock is destroying our youth, but less than 1 percent of popular rock is blatantly satanic," the Catholic priest said before meeting with a Yardley group of 75 last weekend. A radio host in Santa Rosa, Calif., Father Kimball told the group at St. Ignatius Church, "I play everything.
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July 26, 1993 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Francis P. O'Reilly, 81, pastor emeritus of St. John the Evangelist Church in Morrisville and known as "the blacksmith priest" for his skill with wrought iron, died Thursday at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital. Father O'Reilly spent more than 50 years in the priesthood as a teacher, pastor and radio and television-show host. But the priest, who grew up on a dairy farm in Feasterville and learned iron-work from his blacksmith father, was better known for the candlesticks, boot scrapers, picture frames and other wrought-iron objects he produced.
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January 9, 1992 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
The Rev. Francis R. Duffy confesses that at one time he was "the outstandingly worst practitioner in the world. Nothing I did worked. " What Duffy practiced - or at least tried to - was hypnosis. And he's right. Everything he did was wrong. Why, he wasn't even hypnotizable. So Duffy chucked the whole stupor bit and went back to playing the saxophone. But then along came Loretta, a little girl he happened to meet on a beach in South Jersey in the summer of '61. Today, Father Francis Raymond Duffy, director of St. Joseph's House for Homeless Industrious Boys in Holmesburg, is hypnotic history.
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January 9, 2004 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 35-year-old Delaware man filed a lawsuit yesterday alleging that a priest who was a Catholic school principal sexually abused him weekly for nine years when he was a schoolboy in Wilmington. The now retired priest, the Rev. James W. O'Neill, was reassigned from Salesianum High School to Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster soon after the first allegation was lodged in 1985. O'Neill has not been accused of any improprieties at Archbishop Wood, where he was principal from 1986 to 1991.
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December 3, 1997 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Catholic priest was awaiting arraignment last night at the Police Administration Building following his arrest earlier yesterday in North Philadelphia's notorious Fairhill drug zone on a possession-of-cocaine charge. The Rev. Nicholas J. Martino, 41, was a passenger inside a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria parked at Hancock and Cambria Streets at 2:08 a.m. when police officers took notice of the vehicle and the two men sitting in it, authorities said. Father Martino had been "released" from his priestly duties two weeks ago because of an ongoing substance-abuse problem, said archdiocesan spokeswoman Cathy Matusiak.
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April 25, 1992 | By Bryon Kurzenabe, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Baptist deacon and a Catholic priest were indicted by a Burlington County grand jury Thursday on separate charges that they molested adolescent girls. Daniel Eaves, 34, a Baptist deacon, is accused of sexually assaulting eight girls between the ages of 3 and 14 at his home and while chaperoning a youth group of Victory Baptist Church in Springfield, said Assistant Prosecutor Gregg Shivers. Eaves listed his address as McGuire Air Force Base, but it could not be determined yesterday whether he was in the military.
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October 6, 2015
TRACY BOYD has a longtime female partner whom she intends to marry. Seven months ago, Boyd found herself so moved by Pope Francis that she painted an impressive, impressionistic portrait of the pontiff, which she plans to donate to her alma mater, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. The school near North Wales, Montgomery County, is run by the same order of nuns that fired a popular lesbian teacher from Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion Station in June after complaints were made about her marriage to a woman.
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April 13, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A CATHOLIC PRIEST who was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 in the rectory at St. John Cantius Parish in Bridesburg will not have to face a third trial on child sex-abuse charges. The District Attorney's Office yesterday dropped all charges against the Rev. Andrew McCormick after two separate juries failed to reach verdicts. On March 11, a jury declared itself deadlocked after a little more than three days of deliberations in McCormick's second trial. On March 12, 2014, a different jury deadlocked after 4 1/2 days of deliberations in his first trial.
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March 14, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
SOME MEMBERS of a Philadelphia jury answered the prayers yesterday of a Philadelphia Catholic priest on trial for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old altar boy in the late 1990s. After deliberating 4 1/2 days, an unknown number of jurors refused to convict the Rev. Andrew McCormick, 57. Common Pleas Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright declared a mistrial after the jury forewoman reported that the nine women and three men were hopelessly deadlocked on five of the seven charges. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp announced that her office intended to retry McCormick, and Bright set a scheduling hearing for April 28. During jury deliberations - which began last Thursday - McCormick at times was spotted in the courthouse hallway praying with other priests, nuns and supporters.
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March 8, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury is to resume deliberations Friday in the case against the Rev. Andrew McCormick, a Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy at a Bridesburg parish in 1997. The jury of nine women and three men spent three hours Thursday reviewing the evidence before going home. McCormick, 57, is charged with sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, child endangerment, and corruption of a minor. Earlier Thursday, the jury - and a packed courtroom - heard emotional closings by defense lawyer William J. Brennan Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp.
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March 7, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Accused Catholic priest the Rev. Andrew McCormick took the witness stand in his defense Wednesday and denied molesting any altar boys, telling a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury: "I want to convince you of that. " Agitated and blushing, at times talking over questions from his lawyer and the prosecutor, McCormick, 57, denied the allegation by a 26-year-old man, who said the priest sexually assaulted him in 1997 when he was a 10-year-old altar boy at St. John Cantius in Bridesburg.
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February 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge on Monday barred prosecution and defense lawyers from making public comments during the upcoming trial of the Rev. Andrew McCormick, the Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy at a Northeast Philadelphia church in 1997. Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright issued the gag order after a pretrial hearing began dealing with sensitive evidentiary issues, and she granted a defense motion to go behind closed doors. Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of the 57-year-old priest on five counts involving sexual assault, child endangerment, and corrupting minors in an incident that allegedly occurred when McCormick was a priest at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.
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November 15, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE FAMILY of the man who died of a drug overdose last month just before testifying in court against the Catholic priest he accused of sexually molesting him filed a wrongful-death lawsuit yesterday against the priest and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The civil suit filed in Common Pleas Court by the family of Sean Patrick McIlmail alleges that the church failed to remove Father Robert L. Brennan from having contact with children even after officials learned he had behaved inappropriately with numerous boys.
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June 14, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even as they professed their innocence, a Catholic priest and an ex-parochial schoolteacher got long prison terms Wednesday in the serial sexual assault of a 10-year-old altar boy in the late 1990s. Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler exceeded sentencing guidelines in handing out punishment to the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 66, and Bernard Shero, 50, saying their crimes called for long terms. She sentenced Engelhardt to six to 12 years in prison and Shero to eight to 16. The sentences stunned the standing-room-only crowd that filled her courtroom.
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June 4, 2013 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
Understanding Father Andrew Greeley, the priest, sociologist, and novelist who died last week at 85, is essential to understanding the last half-century of American Catholic history and the glorious contradictions of politics. He was a liberal whose impatience with actual liberals was legendary. Yet this resolute Irishman, who once used the phrase "marginal but not alienated" as an apt sociological description of himself, was bolder than so many others in the positions he staked out. Not one for understatement, Greeley titled one of his last books: A Stupid, Unjust and Criminal War: Iraq 2001-2007 . Did I mention books?
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March 14, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IN TAKING THE NAME Francis, the new pope hearkens back eight centuries to the preaching of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the most revered figures in the Catholic Church. St. Francis, born Giovanni di Bernardone, was something of a playboy in his youth and was a soldier before a vision sent him into a life of poverty and preaching. He was never a Catholic priest, but he founded the Franciscan Order and the Order of St. Clare for nuns. He was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX on July 16, 1228.
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