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.
June 11, 1990 |
Earlier this year, Drexel University officials canceled a 10-week visiting professor's job for National Organization for Women (NOW) president Molly Yard, citing a shortage of funds. But Friday, the well-known feminist said she planned to come to the West Philadelphia school anyway - this time under the sponsorship of disgruntled faculty members and students who were angered about the university's handling of her original proposed visit. Yard said she had agreed to lecture in various classes at the school three times this fall - in October, November and December - and that her general topic would be the women's movement.
January 10, 2012 |
TOLEDO, OHIO - A Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun inside an Ohio hospital chapel a day before Easter in 1980 won't get a new trial. A judge ruled yesterday that police reports discovered after the priest's trial contained no new information that would have changed the outcome. It has been more than five years since jurors convicted the Rev. Gerald Robinson of stabbing and strangling Sister Margaret Ann Pahl at Mercy Hospital, in Toledo, where both worked.
July 26, 2002 |
Open City, shot in Rome by Roberto Rossellini in the first months following Italy's liberation by the Allies, is a landmark in the history of cinema, but never mind that - it's also a powerful tale that brings the epic turmoil of World War II down to human scale. Starring the sad-eyed and sultry Anna Magnani and the rugged Marcello Pagliero, this documentary-like drama, set in the middle of the war, tracks a wanted Resistance leader's desperate attempt to keep clear of the Nazis, and how the lives of a Catholic priest, a Resistance brethren whose girlfriend (Magnani)
October 22, 1993 |
As if being a Catholic priest weren't enough, Ernesto Cardenal in 1979 became minister of culture in Nicaragua in the early days of the Sandinista regime. The Sandinistas are out of power; Cardenal, 68, is still a priest. But if he is to be remembered for one thing, it will be his poetry. Cardenal established poetry workshops in such unpoetic settings as military bases, factories, police stations and agricultural cooperatives. Perhaps more important is Cardenal's own work, especially his "Cosmic Canticle" (Curbstone Press/$24.
October 22, 1991 |
The Rev. Charles T. Behl, 73, a Philadelphia native who served as a Catholic priest for 45 years, died Friday of heart problems at St. Joseph Rectory in Bay City, Mich. Born in Philadelphia, Father Behl joined the Holy Ghost Fathers in 1943 and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary's Seminary in Norwalk, Conn., on Sept. 26, 1946. He served in parishes in five states, including three in the Pittsburgh area. He also served on the staffs of Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, St. Mary's Seminary in Connecticut and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
January 28, 2013 |
JURY DELIBERATIONS began Friday afternoon in the trial of a Catholic priest and a former Catholic-schoolteacher who are accused of sexually assaulting the same altar boy in the late 1990s. The Common Pleas jury got the case after hearing closing arguments from Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti and defense attorney Michael J. McGovern, who represents the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 66. Defense attorney Burton Rose, who represents Bernard Shero, 50, gave his closing argument Thursday.
May 30, 2009 |
Msgr. Robert McDermott spun the steering wheel of his cramped tan Toyota and maneuvered through the Baldwin's Run affordable-housing development in East Camden. The streets looked like suburban Cherry Hill - neat, attractive, no graffiti, nothing like the drug-infested hell they replaced. For a quarter-century, the Catholic priest has performed a ministry of rehabilitation, stitching together the tattered neighborhoods of his native city. In East Camden - home to McDermott's St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral parish - the Baldwin's Run project he championed has doubled the area's property values, according to one city official.
April 14, 2000 |
Jake, Brian and Anna - the trio of childhood friends reunited in Big Apple dot-com country in Keeping the Faith - are full of themselves. In a good way. Jake Schram (Ben Stiller) is a funny, thirtyish rabbi who has enough trust in God, and his congregation, to compare the deity to Blanche Dubois (both rely on the kindness of strangers, he quips). Brian Kilkenny Finn (Edward Norton) is a Catholic priest who sprinkles his sermons with one-liners and speaks Spanish in the confession box. Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman)
July 15, 2009 |
The Northeast Philadelphia man arrested Monday for impersonating a Catholic priest and deceiving the family of an injured police officer has also pretended to be a city firefighter, deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania's speaker of the House, and president of his college's student body. Paul N. Schlear Jr., 26, has been charged with criminal trespass and false impersonation for presenting himself as a cleric at the hospital bedside of Officer Richard Hayes. Hayes suffered severe head injuries June 28 when he was struck by a car while on duty.