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October 20, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops gathered to consider new ways their church might minister to families in the 21st century has backed away from the unprecedented message of welcome to homosexuals it had issued early last week. In the final report issued Saturday, the 183 bishops gathered in Rome discarded a statement from an interim document Monday that had declared that "homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community. " Similarly, a section in Monday's document titled "Welcoming Homosexual Persons," was replaced in the final document with a title reading, "The Pastoral Care of Persons With Homosexual Orientation.
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October 17, 2014
BACK IN THE mid-1960s, my aunt's husband did what a lot of other husbands (and wives) did with spouses who no longer filled their wish lists: traded her in for a younger model. Given the fact that my aunt was not even 30 at the time, you could rightly say that her eventual ex was a bit picky. In fact, given the age of the shiny new model he ended up choosing, Uncle "Johnny" was dangerously close to being known as "Uncle Holmesburg. " But this isn't about him. It isn't even about my aunt.
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October 15, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BACK IN the 1980s, City Hall workers and others in the vicinity could take their lunches to the nearby Arch Street Presbyterian Church and listen to Esther Wideman at the organ. The once-a-week noon concerts were free and part of Esther's contribution to the cultural life of her adopted city. She was the organist and director of music at the church. Esther's passion for the organ took her all over Europe, where she could listen to the music of famous organs, mostly in ancient churches, and get to play many of them herself.
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October 1, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A shuttered house of worship in Philadelphia's Fishtown section moved a step closer to possible demolition as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput issued an order Sunday decertifying the building as a Roman Catholic church. The archbishop issued a decree of relegation "to profane but not sordid use" for St. Laurentius Church at Memphis and Berks Streets. Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the decree means that if the church is demolished or put to another use, the property could not be used for any purpose contrary to Catholic teachings.
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September 11, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Radnor Township contractor who already collected $1.65 million and an apology from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office after being wrongfully accused of theft settled his lawsuit Tuesday against the Jenkintown church whose claims led to the criminal case against him. Lawyers for both sides declined to say how much Salem Baptist Church agreed to pay contractor Walter Logan, citing a confidentiality clause. In his lawsuit, Logan sought more than $300 million from the church for malicious prosecution, defamation, and other claims.
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September 9, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE REV. DANIEL E. Sutton preached yesterday on a chapter in the Gospel of St. Matthew quoting Jesus: Upon this rock, I will build my church . . . and I will give unto thee the keys to the kingdom of heaven. But before Sutton began - in fact, before he could get to the pulpit at North Philly's Second Pilgrim Baptist Church - his supporters had to cut locks off the church's front gates. Congregants who had tried to lock Sutton out of the church, on 15th Street near Poplar, had called police.
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September 7, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IT'S DIFFICULT to miss the Marlton Assembly of God in Marlton, N.J. It's the expansive - and expanding - worship site a stone's throw west of Evesham Township's municipal complex. Construction that's underway on a new $5 million Family Life Center will double its footprint from 50,000 to 100,000 square feet and will include an indoor soccer field. When it was founded 30 years ago, Marlton AG ministered to a small congregation with services held at the nearby Florence Evans Elementary School.
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August 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ONE MAN's trash is another man's treasure. And in the case of one Chestnut Hill church, it's also a way to help the less fortunate. Hard to beat that kind of deal, really. For the past few months, volunteers at St. Paul's Episcopal Church have been sorting through a veritable mountain of donated clothes, books and other items in preparation for the parish's annual rummage sale, a neighborhood mainstay that routinely draws shoppers from throughout the city and beyond. Last year, the one-day sale, held the Saturday after Labor Day, netted $54,000 to benefit local charities that feed the hungry and care for the homeless, said Cathy Davis, chairwoman of St. Paul's outreach board.
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August 29, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two men connected to a Bucks County church were doing well after kidney transplant surgery at a Camden hospital Tuesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Rob Chifokoyo, 30, and Michael Wortell, 22, were in good condition Wednesday, said Carol Lynn Daley, director of marketing at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Wortell, a member of Doylestown's Covenant Church, donated a kidney to Chifokoyo, a Zimbabwean mission partner of the church. A CaringBridge web page maintained by Chifokoyo's wife was updated Wednesday afternoon, saying that Wortell was able to walk and eat a meal during the day and that Chifokoyo would hopefully move from the intensive care unit into a regular room overnight.
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August 29, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN Deborah Broadnax was starting her course in radio, television and film at Temple University, her professor made a disheartening prediction. Looking around the lecture hall, professor Norman Felsenthal said that out of more than 100 students, "only three of you will actually work in television news. " Deborah said to herself, "Well, I'm going to be one of the three. " And she was. She worked in various capacities in TV news for Fox 29 and KYW Channel 3 for several years before moving into academia for another of her numerous careers.
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