August 12, 2016
By Grazie Pozo Christie Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia , is a rich and complex document about marriage and family - both the noble Christian ideals and the troubled and broken ways we too often experience them. Many have interpreted the exhortation's merciful tone toward Catholics who are in "irregular" situations as a seismic shift in Church teaching about sexuality and marriage (toward a "modern" sexually liberal outlook). They have been brought back to reality by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who has published pastoral guidelines on Amoris for the priests of his parish.
August 4, 2016 |
After almost three years in prison for a conviction that has been reversed, Msgr. William J. Lynn went free Tuesday on $250,000 bail pending a new trial over his handling of Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children. Officials at the state prison in Waymart in Northeastern Pennsylvania confirmed that Lynn - Inmate KQ4194 - was released on bail Tuesday afternoon. For Lynn, 65 - the first Catholic Church official convicted for supervising pedophile priests - the bail ruling by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright meant freedom and reunion with family.
July 18, 2016 |
Tia Manon trudged through the swampy cemetery of the old Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, looking for two names belonging to one man. Perry Ringgold was a slave who escaped the South on the Underground Railroad. James Williams was the free man he became after he was harbored by a Quaker family in Exton. According to family lore, this relative of Manon's helped found the East Whiteland church in 1832, but none of the stone markers bore a trace of him, by either name. She did come across one name she recognized, a Reason - William Reason.
July 18, 2016
Parish renaming honors Mother Teresa's sainthood Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Schwenksville, Montgomery County, has changed its name to St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in advance of Mother Teresa's canonization in September, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Saturday. A special Mass to commemorate the name change was said at the Catholic church Saturday afternoon, followed by the unveiling of a new sign on the side of the parish education center. The 10th anniversary of the parish was celebrated afterward.
July 14, 2016 |
Back in 1965, when now-U.S. Rep. John Lewis led hundreds of protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., members of African Methodist Episcopal churches were among them. A half-century later, after two black men died at the hands of police last week in Louisiana and Minnesota, A.M.E. Church members from around the world took to the streets of Center City in protest. They were among about 30,000 A.M.E. members in the city for the denomination's quadrennial conference, which ends Wednesday at the Convention Center.
July 11, 2016 |
I eat God . I do it every week. Sometimes twice. Do you think that makes me sound delusional? It's radical. Other religions, as they've been explained to me, also involve a powerful God, who may judge us, but from a great distance. Protestants accept that God not only spoke to us, but lived as a man, once upon a time. But for Catholics (and the Eastern churches), God is physically and viscerally present when we "eat this Bread and drink this Wine" consecrated at Mass.
July 8, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney on Wednesday denounced as "not Christian" Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's insistence that Catholics living in relationships the church considers sinful may not receive Holy Communion or hold positions of responsibility in parishes. Kenney's was among the sharper reactions Chaput's decree drew from around the region. Some were swift to denounce the archbishop as an "old white man" whose church was out of touch. Others, though, hailed the archbishop for upholding traditional church teaching or deferred with a shrug to his authority.
July 7, 2016
A minor exterior fire was reported Tuesday night at a church in South Philadelphia, authorities said. The fire was reported at 8:55 p.m. in the rear of City Church in the 2300 block of South 13th Street, a fire dispatcher said. The blaze was declared under control 11 minutes later. No injuries were reported and the extent of the property damage was not immediately available. - Robert Moran
July 3, 2016 |
A Bucks County church fair reopened Friday night, one night after a melee that included three stabbings led police to shut it down. The injuries occurred when several fights broke out among a large group of teenagers at St. Michael's Fair and spilled over into the Levittown Town Center, according to Tullytown police. "This is the first time we've had any kind of trouble like this," the Rev. Michael DiIorio of St. Michael the Archangel Church, which has been holding the carnival for 63 years, said Friday.
June 24, 2016 |
The Rev. Joseph Capella has gotten to know the people of Lindenwold during the last 13 years - and many of them aren't even part of his church. "I go to the diner, Wawa, I hang out at the Dunkin' Donuts - that's where I do so much ministry," said Capella, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Shrine at St. Lawrence Church in Lindenwold. "Some days I'll park my car and just walk. That's where you meet a lot of people. " He's heard confession in parking lots, has baptized people he has met, and goes to Little League games in addition to serving at his church.