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.
January 5, 2006 |
A local hospice provider yesterday dismissed a Catholic priest it had hired as a bereavement counselor, saying it did not know he was an accused sex abuser. Odyssey HealthCare of Philadelphia Inc., based in Blue Bell, said it immediately removed the Rev. Anthony J. Eremito, who is about 63, after learning that he had been suspended from ministry nearly four years ago by the Archdiocese of New York. "He was in our employment for about three months as a bereavement counselor or coordinator," said Brad Bickham, general counsel for Odyssey's parent company, based in Dallas.
June 27, 1996 |
A New Jersey man who posed as a priest and tricked more than 100 families in Puerto Rico into sending him money for phantom insurance payoffs on relatives who had died pleaded guilty yesterday to wire fraud. Adrian Rodriguez, 38, had citizens of Puerto Rico wire him a total of about $127,000 during the three years he operated the ruse, federal prosecutors said yesterday. Rodriguez admitted his guilt during a brief afternoon proceeding before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in a fifth-floor courtroom of the new federal courthouse at Fourth and Cooper Streets.
November 17, 2006 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday that the Vatican has laicized one of its former priests, Francis J. Gallagher, for sexually abusing minors. As a result, he may no longer function as a Catholic priest. Gallagher, who was removed from active ministry in 2002, had requested laicization, according to the archdiocese. He served in four parishes and two high schools of the archdiocese after he was ordained in 1973. Gallagher was identified in the 2005 Philadelphia grand-jury report on sex abuse in the archdiocese as an example of the archdiocese's mishandling of abusive priests.
August 7, 2012 |
A PHILADELPHIA judge on Monday denied bail to Monsignor William Lynn, the Catholic priest who was sentenced last month to serve three to six years in state prison for his role in enabling another priest to sexually abuse an altar boy. After a brief hearing, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Lynn, 61, had no constitutional right to receive bail while his case is being appealed. Lynn, who served as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, was not at the hearing.
April 10, 2012 |
Sister Joan Scary said she got one clear instruction when the Rev. Edward M. DePaoli arrived at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in September 1995: Don't ask questions. Though she had been director of religious education at the Pottstown-area church since 1989, Scary told a Philadelphia jury Monday that St. Gabriel's pastor, the Rev. James Gormley, warned her that if she talked about DePaoli, "I could pack my bags and leave. " But Scary testified that she remembered that DePaoli had been arrested for something 10 years earlier and kept trying to find out what.
April 19, 1996 |
A Bucks County man has filed a civil suit charging he was sexually abused and molested during his childhood by a Catholic priest who took him under his wing. The suit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 against the Rev. Thomas Kohler, 54, and the archdiocese of Philadelphia on behalf of Kevin MacKenzie, 35, of Warminster. In an unrelated case, Kohler is under indictment in Cape May County on criminal charges involving a nude photo session with an underaged boy in 1994. The civil suit, filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, alleges that for a five-year period, from 1973 to 1978, the priest took the boy on numerous overnight trips, including a trip to Rome, where he was given alcohol, molested and shown pornography.
July 7, 2010
By Gerard Shields We were six teenage boys holed up in a Wildwood hotel for two weeks with a Catholic priest. Judging by most of the stories one reads these days, this is where it's supposed to get sordid. But the Rev. William Kirk was not my predator. He was my savior. I was 13 years old when my mother spent a year in the hospital with tuberculosis. My two younger sisters and I recited the rosary every night before a statue of Mary, praying for Mom's return. Yet the question to my God lingered: Why us?
June 26, 2012 |
In the Church that Joe Built The Church that Joe Paterno Built, a once prominent house of worship, is in a sad state of disrepair. Its bishop has been defrocked, its priest has died, and a once-trusted deacon will live out his remaining days in a jail cell ("Sandusky found guilty," Saturday). Others await their fate, and no part of the church has been left unblemished. In the Church that Joe Built, its bell is silent, its floors and pews have been scrubbed and then scrubbed again, yet the stench lingers still.
April 26, 1990 |
Schuylkill officials have agreed to make their township the new site for an interfaith memorial to four chaplains who died on an American troop ship that was sunk by a German submarine's torpedo during World War II. By approving a special exception to the township's zoning ordinance Tuesday night, the Schuylkill Zoning Hearing Board allowed the Chapel of Four Chaplains to forge ahead with plans to move its headquarters from the Temple University campus...