February 23, 2013 |
Services are set for Friday for the Rev. Alphonse T. Mascherino, 69, a Downingtown native who founded the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel in Shanksville, Pa., after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He died Friday, Feb. 15, of cancer at a hospice in Somerset, Pa., where he lived. "Father Al" attended Bishop Shanahan High School through the 11th grade before graduating from St. Mary Seminary, formerly in Penndel. His brother, Jim, said that after the attacks, Father Mascherino felt that although a national monument at Shanksville was in the works, the relatives of those killed in the crash should have a place to go in the meantime.
January 3, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - A suspended Catholic priest expressed remorse to everyone but the young boys depicted in pornography Wednesday before he was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for collecting more than 5,000 images of child porn on his computer, in books and on compact discs. The sentence that the Rev. Bartley Sorensen, 63, received was more than the five-year mandatory minimum sentence he sought but less than the 10-year maximum he faced. "I served the diocese for 35 years.
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.
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 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.
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.