February 26, 2014 |
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.
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 3, 2012 |
I have been a Catholic priest for years, and, like most people I know, I have been changed by my experiences over the years. Growing up Catholic in a small town in Louisiana, I and others did not ask why the black members of our church had to sit in the last five pews during Mass, or why our schools were segregated. Nor did we, needless to say, ask why women could not be priests. The military was my ticket out of Louisiana. I volunteered for duty in Vietnam, which became a turning point in my life.
March 7, 2014 |
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.
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.