June 14, 2013 |
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.
November 15, 2013 |
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.
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.
June 16, 2012 |
The Rev. David Ousley was baptized a Methodist in 1951, was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1979, and left it in 1999 for the Anglican Church in America. And on Saturday, this 61-year-old married father of three will make one more ecclesiastical leap: he will be ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in a 11 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church in Mount Airy. He is "swimming the Tiber," as Anglicans call conversion to Catholicism — a reference to the river that runs through Rome — but the white-bearded Ousley will not emerge from his swim on some strange and foreign shore.
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.
April 10, 2012 |
A CATHOLIC sister testified Monday that she was fired from her religious-school job in a Pottstown-area parish after questioning why a priest had received porn in the mail. The priest - the Rev. Edward M. DePaoli - had been arrested on child-pornography charges in 1985 and convicted and sentenced to probation. But in 1995, Sister Joan Scary - then in her sixth year as director of religious education at St. Gabriel's parish in Stowe, Montgomery County - was unaware of the details of DePaoli's past.