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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
June 6, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
What happened to his son remains so seared in his memory that when he talks about it, Thomas Conaty speaks as though he is still the young father of a grade-school boy. "Let me tell you briefly about Matty," said Conaty, a 74-year-old dentist. "Matty is the guy that made things happen here. " Matthias Conaty was 9 when he was sexually abused by a chaplain at St. Edmund's Academy in Wilmington. Conaty's son stayed mum about it for years. But the boy had grit, his father said, later earning two degrees, getting married, having two kids.
NEWS
May 21, 2016
ISSUE | CATHOLIC CHURCH Fight child sex abuse I was raised Catholic and cannot understand how anyone with a conscience or sense of morality can support the Catholic Church in its lobbying against a Pennsylvania bill that would extend the civil statute of limitations on child sex abuse to age 50 ("Chaput to meet with clergy on legislation," Tuesday). If the church leadership were sincere in wanting to stop child sex abuse and help victims, it would not oppose this legislation. According to the article, church officials, through their lobbying arm, have warned that the legislation could prompt litigation and bankrupt parishes.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Scott Borsky hands me his Holy Redeemer business card. "I'm not your typical cantor," he says with a smile. I'll say. Jewish clergy typically aren't identified with Catholic organizations. And when Jewish families look for hospice services, "what pops into their minds isn't 'Holy Redeemer,' " he notes wryly. Nonetheless, Borsky is a pastoral-care consultant for the Runnemede office of Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice. "We try to meet the spiritual needs of all our patients," hospice director Kelly Donaghy explains.
NEWS
April 10, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Pope Francis on Friday issued a much-anticipated document on family that overturns no major teachings of the Catholic Church, but calls on its clergy to be compassionate and to welcome divorced-and-remarried couples, gays, and those who live in an "imperfect manner. " The church and its clergy have been "wasting pastoral energy on denouncing a decadent world without proactively proposing ways to finding true happiness," Francis wrote in the document, titled "Amoris Laetitia ," or "The Joy of Love.
NEWS
March 7, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe and Maria Panaritis, STAFF WRITERS
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - In January, a deputy attorney general and two agents walked into a judge's chambers here with questions. They wanted to discuss a meeting decades earlier that had ended with a "monster" priest being allowed to go free. Back in 1985, Cambria County Judge Patrick T. Kiniry had been a local prosecutor, and met with Bishop James Hogan to discuss a priest suspected of sexually abusing children. As leader of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, the bishop had outsize influence in the area.
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - One day after a grand jury report accused the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese of hiding or ignoring decades of clergy sex abuse, a judge sentenced one of those priests Wednesday to more than 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting two boys during missionary trips to Honduras. U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson also ordered the Rev. Joseph Maurizio, 70, to pay a $50,000 fine and $10,000 in restitution to each child. Gibson did not mention the separate investigation or report by state prosecutors, but criticized Maurizio for preying upon vulnerable children and hiding behind his collar.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
In the second meeting in as many days on Philadelphia's ever-present problem of gun violence, a group of clerical and civic leaders concluded that stopping young men from arming themselves and shooting themselves and others has no easy solutions. "We are in a war, a real war, where casualties are every day in our community," Kenny Gamble, the Grammy-winning record producer and developer, who has focused his attention on the South Philadelphia neighborhood of his birth, said Tuesday during a faith-based roundtable discussion at City Hall.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Brian X. McCrone, Staff Writer
Hillary Clinton took a break from Iowa on Wednesday evening to attend a fund-raiser at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The Democratic presidential hopeful arrived shortly after 7:30 p.m. at the headquarters of the financial firm Franklin Square Capital Partners. Roughly 200 people streamed into the recently built office. Entire families were among the crowd, which included Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his wife, political consultant Dawn Chavous, and the city's acting fire commissioner, Derrick Sawyer.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania appellate court on Tuesday ordered a new trial for Msgr. William J. Lynn, overturning for a second time a landmark verdict that was the first conviction nationwide of a Catholic Church official for covering up child sex abuse by priests. A three-judge Superior Court panel found that Lynn's 2012 conviction had been tainted by prosecutors' presentation of nearly two dozen examples of the Philadelphia Archdiocese's failure to handle pedophilia within its ranks. Lynn, however, was only charged in connection with his supervision of two priests.
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