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May 27, 2005
AS AN African-American man, I wonder why every time there is a political election, out of hiding here comes the black clergy. Who are these people? What and who do they represent? What ever happened to the separation of church and state? How much do these guys get paid, is it 30 pieces of silver? Is this considered pay to play? Or should we just start labeling these folks as the "Green clergy"? Ralph P. Goldsborough Yeadon
NEWS
October 3, 1997 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
The topic is domestic violence, and this time the preachers will be getting preached to. The Sabbath of Domestic Peace, a three-year-old effort to combat home violence through faith communities, will conduct its first interfaith worship and healing service Sunday at 3 p.m. at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, City and Lancaster avenues. The service is open to the public, but sponsors say their main audience and target will be clergy. The service will include prayers and readings from Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim scriptures.
NEWS
May 19, 2006 | JOSEPH P. BLAKE For the Daily News
It's time, says the Rev. Anthony Floyd, for ministers, evangelists, pastors, and anyone else who believes that spiritual intervention can turn the tide of violence sweeping the city, to be seen, and heard. So beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow, he and what he hopes will be hundreds of others will march and pray in support of the victims and in protest of the unconscionable killings. The march will start at St. Elizabeth Community Center, 1845 N. 23rd St., and weave through several blocks of North Philadelphia before ending where it started.
NEWS
July 29, 1993 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
C.B. Cook in many ways fits the image of the dutiful clergy spouse. The pastor's significant other works faithfully in the nursery during services, washes dishes in fellowship hall kitchen and brings homemade rolls and pies to church suppers. But C.B. Cook is no typical clergy wife. The "C.B. " stands for Charles Barry. Cook, a Center City banker, is among a growing number of men who find themselves charting new terrain as clergy husbands. "When it comes to the clergy spouse being male, there is a lot more having to feel one's way," said Peggy L. Shriver, a staff associate for professional church leadership for the National Council of Churches.
NEWS
February 14, 2009 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hours after a fire in Coatesville destroyed 15 houses and displaced dozens of residents late last month, there was a meeting of local clergy that longtime residents say was unprecedented. Tabernacle Baptist Church was packed with clergy and other representatives of congregations and faith-based nonprofits - neighbors in a small town but often strangers when it comes to working together. One pastor was assigned to oversee clothing donations; another would take care of furniture; a third would blog about relief efforts.
NEWS
December 14, 1986 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police in the city's Northeast reached out to area clergy last week for help in catching what police have described as a group of Gypsies preying on the elderly. During a meeting Thursday at the Northeast Police Division, Harbison Avenue and Levick Street, police asked the religious leaders to warn their older congregants to be wary of friendly strangers. The clergymen vowed to do what they could to help stop the thieves. On at least six occasions over the last six weeks, elderly Northeast residents have fallen victim to scams.
NEWS
March 6, 1995 | By Diane Winston
According to an old Jewish folktale the world is sustained for the sake of 36 righteous men whose quiet, good deeds go unnoticed by the rest of us. Hidden in plain sight, these unassuming holy men cannot be identified by collar, cowl, or robes. That anonymity may be a blessing: They are accountable only to themselves and their God. The ordained clergy, on the other hand, are frequently called to account in public forums. Last week, Rabbi Fred J. Neulander of Cherry Hill resigned from his congregation amid rumors of marital infidelities with two women in his congregation and an ongoing investigation into his wife's murder.
LIVING
October 4, 1998 | By Mary Beth McCauley, FOR THE INQUIRER
When it comes to violence in the home, the ways of God need to be mingled with the insights of psychology and law enforcement. So say members of the Sabbath of Domestic Peace, an interfaith educational initiative. The Philadelphia-based project aims to help clergy sharpen their responses when victims of domestic violence seek their counsel. Next Sunday, the project will present its second annual worship service, with Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim representatives attending.
NEWS
February 1, 1999 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
Protestant clergy and faith-based groups are gearing up - again - for a holy war against legalized gaming as being sinful and socially evil. They're reaching beyond the pulpit for coalitions to urge "no" votes in a possible statewide referendum on riverboat gambling. But the usual anti-gambling fervor could be muted by a proposal to spend the filthy lucre on public education - a linkage some clergy consider devious but politically clever. And the Protestant phalanx can't count on support from the Catholic Church, which views gambling as "morally neutral," or on help from organized Jewish efforts.
NEWS
July 12, 1987 | By Katherine Scobey, Special to The Inquirer
More than 100 members of the clergy in Delaware County have joined forces to campaign against and discourage racial intimidation and harassment in housing throughout the county. The group, known as CCARE (Clergy and Congregations Affirming Racial Equality), announced its goal in the form of an advertisement published June 30 in seven area newspapers condemning "increasingly frequent acts" of discrimination. Nicole C. F. Bouvier, director of the Fair Housing Council in Delaware County, which helped organize CCARE in September, said that the number of harassments reported to the council had risen from about five a year for the period 1980 to 1985 to 11 in the council's fiscal 1987.
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NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Methodist pastors who jointly officiated a same-sex wedding last year in Philadelphia will not face church trials and the potential loss of their credentials. But the decision is far from a green light for other clergy to break the church's same-sex marriage laws without fear of reprisal. Bishop Peggy Johnson, in announcing the move, said future complaints regarding same-sex weddings would be handled "swiftly and with significant and appropriate consequences. " Previously, Johnson has publicly grappled with enforcing laws she believes to be discriminatory.
NEWS
June 28, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity said Thursday that District Attorney Seth Williams should have dropped an investigation of five Philadelphia Democrats allegedly caught on tape taking bribes. Williams announced last week that he was taking the case to a grand jury. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane had dropped the investigation in 2013, calling it tainted by racism and overly reliant on an informant with a checkered past. The Rev. Terrence Griffith, president of the Black Clergy, said in an interview late Thursday that the way the investigation was conducted - using an informant and soliciting the alleged corruption - represents a major problem in the justice system.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court agreed Thursday to resolve the contested key legal theory underpinning the landmark 2012 prosecution of the first Catholic Church official charged in the clergy child-sex-abuse scandal. The state's highest court will thus decide the future of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia official responsible for investigating and recommending punishment for priests accused of sexual and other misconduct. It could also dictate the standards for prosecutors to bring future charges against any church officials accused of covering up misconduct by clergy they supervise.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AS IT TRIES to move past the clergy sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced earlier this week that it will host its first Mass for survivors of abuse. The Mass for Healing, which will take place March 22 at Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, will be led by Archbishop Charles Chaput and focus on prayers for the victims, the healing of the church and all those affected by the abuse. The Archdiocese said some survivors have been invited and are expected to attend the 5:15 p.m. Mass, which will also be broadcast via a live stream on the Internet.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Bill Barrow, Associated Press
ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women across the world. The human-rights activist said Friday that religious authorities have perpetuated misguided doctrines of male superiority, from the Catholic Church's forbidding women from becoming priests to some African cultures' mutilating the genitals of young girls. Carter said the doctrines, which he described as theologically indefensible, contribute to a political, social, and economic structure where political leaders passively accept violence against women, a worldwide sex-slave trade, and inequality in the workplace and classroom.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pension fund for priests cited as a priority in a $200 million fund-raising campaign by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has fallen precariously short of money, and church officials want parishes and retired clergy to help cover the shortfall. In meetings this spring, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told priests the plan had been underfunded, poorly managed, and was spent on rising health-care costs for clergy, according to three priests who attended or were briefed on the talks. Chaput said the fund needed $90 million to be solvent but had less than $4.5 million, they said.
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | BY RABBI LAWRENCE R. SERNOVITZ & REV. CHARLES W. QUANN
IN RECENT times, Washington, D.C., has increasingly become known for its relentless partisanship, even sometimes at the expense of addressing effectively some of our nation's most urgent problems. This past Wednesday, with Sens. Toomey and Manchin's compromise amendment on background checks for gun sales, a gust of fresh air blew in our nation's capital. We commend these two senators, Republican and Democrat, both gun owners with top ratings from the NRA, for their perseverance in working out a deal, and also for their creativity and their courage in the face of strong opposition from the powerful gun lobby that too often has prevented commonsense progress.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
T HE REV. Terrence Griffith, who was reinstalled Sunday to a second term as the president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, doesn't hold back when he talks about the root of violence in urban America. Don't blame poverty, he said, adding, "I grew up poor, and so did lots of successful black men. " And don't point the finger at single-parent households, he said. "My mom was a single mom and lots of folks grew up in single parent homes and raised their kids to be successful.
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Testimony is to begin Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court in the trial of a priest and a former parochial-school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy at a Northeast parish in the late 1990s. Judge Ellen Ceisler confirmed the start of testimony Wednesday after prosecution and defense lawyers completed picking a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates to hear the evidence against the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 66, and Bernard Shero, 49. Jury selection began Monday and concluded Wednesday with two final jurors and six alternates.
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